Could be worse, I guess…

My last appointment with Dr. Paton well quite well. The tumor has shrunk according to all expectations.

I am a cancer survivor.

I am now to have checkups every 6 months to ensure that the tumor does continue to NOT grow.

Although I should be relieved by this information, I am some reservations. I will have, possibly for the rest of my life, 6 month regular checkups to be certain that the tumor does not start growing again  (which would mean removal of the eye) and also to follow-up that the cancer is not spreading elsewhere.

I feel that my life is being measured in 6 month increments.

And I know that I have to make the most of every 6 months for there could be a wolf at the door.

I love my life, my wife and my kids.

Let this time limitation have a positive affect on my life. Let me not let slip away the things that I could really most enjoy with my wife and kids… yes, a learning experience, a reason to better enjoy life.

If I can follow these instructions to my self, life could get a lot better, for me and my family.

God please grant me the wisdom and grace to make this happen.

2 Responses

  1. You are amazing Rob in that you and are helping more people than you will ever know. Thanks for putting your blog out into cyberspace and allowing complete strangers-like myself- who read it, to learn about your ailment and at the same time,glimpse a small window of insight into your life happenings; that takes a lot of guts.
    Like Adrian in Baldy’s blog, you are an inspiration and a very special journalist. May you live a happy and productive life and continue to put pen to paper,or in this age-fingers to keyboard. Your talent as a writer is wonderful.
    Love to your wife and family too…

  2. Hello Robert,

    I came across your blog while doing research on ocular melanoma.
    I was struck by the immense scope of journey, on many levels, and was hoping to talk to you directly.

    I am leaving a comment here because I don’t know how else to contact you.

    I am a journalist and am writing a piece on eye cancer for a national Canadian trade magazine called Optical Prism.
    I would like to talk to you for my research and article. Would you be open to that?
    You can contact me a

    The mag’s website:

    My website:


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