May 20, 1997

It's been quite a while since I last wrote anything, so it is long past time for me to say something. I went back to see my Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor and my Radiation Oncologist for checkups at the end of April and the first of May. they found nothing except the expected scarring. That is great news.
I am still recovering from the effects of treatment. My weight is still a bit low, about 140 lbs. I need to put on about 5 more pounds to be at my ideal weight.
Overall I am feeling quite well. I'm stronger, more energetic and have a very positive outlook. Looking back on my battle with cancer, it has given me a new outlook on life and all my problems. I feel glad to be alive. I enjoyed my last birthday for reasons that I never dreamed I would. There was a time when I was not sure that I would ever live to be 49. Now I have reached that age and am quite happy with it.
On the downside, I was layed off 2 1/2 weeks ago and am busy looking for a job. My insurance will run out on May 31. So, that will complicate matters with my recovery a bit.

March 23, 1998

It has been quite a while since I last updated this, and since I have a bit of news, here goes.
I got a new job with the King County Library System, started it on May 29, 1997. I am a computer operator, or as someone else calls it, JAFCO. Just Another F***ing Computer Operator.

My new insurance started on the 1st of June, but I was very remiss in getting a new Doctor. I finally got one in January of 1998. I saw him at the end of January, and my bloodpressure and weight are just fine. I went to an ENT on March 3rd and I am very glad to report that I have no sign of Cancer. I am due to go back to him in the first part of June.

My job consists of printing Patron notices, unlocking terminals logged on to our system, answering computer related questions from librarians, and monitoring the system. Sometimes busy, sometimes boring. Like any job.

The people I work with are great, but it is a little bit of a culture shock to work for a Government agency. Purchasing supplies is sometimes difficult, but the chain of command is quite definite and inviolate.