Monday, April 30, 2007

Mind the Gap


Exactly one year ago, at this hour, I was lying in bed in the ICU at Cornell Medical Center here in New York City, having just undergone surgery to remove a tumor the size of a pinball from my brain.

The fact that I'm even able to type these words is nothing short of a miracle, to say nothing of the admittedly miniscule thought process necessary to pull them out of my rear-end in the first place.

Forgive me if I take this opportunity to republish the two columns I wrote a few months ago regarding the time leading up to, and immediately following, the operation.

It's a beautiful day today.

It's good to be alive.

Where Is My Mind? (Part 1) -- 10.12.06

Where Is My Mind? (Part 2) -- 12.26.06

10 comments:

I love you in the face said...

So while I'm glad that you've reminded me to be grateful instead of whiny about life, I'm not as thrilled about you making me cry. Seriously, stop being such a good writer. I had to go get a tissue and everything.

Manny said...

Glad to have you here, Chez. Seriously.

My daughter just had her appendix out on Wednesday. A fairly routine surgical procedure and nowhere near the severity of yours, but.....

Nothing forces you to acknowledge your own child's mortality more than that nice little waiver the hospital has you sign acknowledging the risk of death during a hospital procedure.

RottweilerTOM said...

Chez: Obviously it was that ambiguous diagnosis "benign." But I am sure you went through hell making sure that it was, something I can't even fathom the stress involved in that journey. But like Tony Snow mentioned today, thank god for science and each day, each year we defeat anything cancer related. This is why when I hear stem-cell debates I want to throw up..(I'm getting off topic)...

I am very happy to hear, presumably, you are forever healed and making your contributions felt herein! P.S. Put down the marlboro's!!!

RottweilerTOM said...

P.S If you're ever going to have a "Last Supper" please make sure you e-mail me an invite. Jayne will pick the right course.

girl with curious hair said...

I'm glad this is something you can look back on. I'm glad you shared your stories, and continue to add to my day. And I'm sure I'll be effected every time I read those stories.

Now I'll get back to preparing to defend my thesis. I guess there are scarier things to deal with.

TK said...

Here's a belated "Welcome Back to the World".

Good to have you here.

litelysalted said...

In the past year I've heard of quite a few young people contracting brain tumors, and I have to admit... It's replaced car accidents as my number one death related fear in life.

Late last year, a friend of friends had proposed to his girlfriend on a live Philly local interest/news show. Two weeks later, he dropped dead of a brain tumor. The same show aired an update of lament, and the two anchorwomen couldn't contain their grief recounting what had happened. Neither could I, as I watched the clip in my office, bawling uncontrollably.

Recounting this anecdote doesn't have much to do with your particular moving tale... Except to convey that I am glad as hell you made it out on the other side, my friend.

Jaime said...

That's amazing. (I found the story through Gawker linking to part 1 today.) Absolutely amazing.

mrmook said...

Chez

Thanks (seems like I'm always thanking you) for the reposts, somehow I missed those entries until just now.
The world is certainly a more interesting place with you in it, so stick around and keep up the good work.

Tisha! said...

wow just wow...

found you through Manny :)