The Collected Works of Author and Blogger Larry Roberts

Archive for December, 2013

Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Of all of Tony's posts, this is the one I felt revealed the most about his humanity. He artfully describes that poignant moment each of us must face when we realize our time is near. Far from being depressing and morose, Tony shines with his usual humor and wonderfully positive attitude. Current Status, or “Denial is the sincerest form of courage!” By Tony Bliss So here’s the deal – I said in my first post that I wanted this blog to be an honest look at this crazy little thing called leukemia, or technically now lymphoma – so it is with that in mind that I make this post,…[READ MORE]

Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. The treatments for cancer are not pleasant. The side effects are a smörgåsbord of torment. To help cope with his pain, Tony ran a contest to guess how many times he threw up. Who does that? Tony turned his suffering into a funny game that calmed the fears of family and friends. What a remarkable man. Warning: some of the pictures in this post are disturbing. Introducing the Side Effect of the Week! :-) By Tony Bliss Today I’m starting something new on Let the CLL Games Begin – I’m going to feature an interesting side effect from all my chemo/transplant treatments each week! They may be side effects…[READ MORE]

Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. After spending a week in pain, Tony's hopes for a cure were dashed once again. Rather than respond with despondency, Tony finds new hope and rejoices with humor. Current Status, or “How the Grinch Stole the Last Half of July and the First Half of August” By Tony Bliss We all know the timeless story of the Grinch, and how that little green meany tried to steal Christmas from all the Whos in Whoville, including (gasp!) little Cindy Lou Who! In the end, though, he didn’t have the heart to do it, or rather, he had too much heart. Basically he was just a heck of guy, when you…[READ MORE]

Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Tony's sense of humor regarding his condition was irrepressible. He could have written in serious and somber tones about waking in the middle of the night in need of immediate medical treatment, but in his own jocular way, he brings this frightening tale to life. He even composed a funny poem to his pain. [Tony put no graphics in this post, so I helped him out.] Oh What A Night! By Tony Bliss I’m not referring to late September back in ’63, because I wasn’t even alive yet. No, I’m referring to this morning, or ‘last night’ by the time I get this posted. I’ve been awake ever since…[READ MORE]

Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Cancer treatment is nothing you would sign up for if you didn't need it. It's painful and it has numerous side effects. If you get queezy easily, you might want to skip this installment. If you want to appreciate how difficult this kind of treatment is, read on. The clot thickens! By Tony Bliss As I mention on my What is CLL page, CLL is a bone marrow disease, and bone marrow is responsible for creating your blood. It only constitutes about 4% of your adult body mass, but produces a staggering 500 billion red blood cells per day – that’s some pretty heavy lifting for only 4% of…[READ MORE]

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