Back in March 2017, I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (a 'leukemia' of the bone marrow).  It's been a tough journey and I certainly have counted God, Jan (my wife) and my family on my side.  What has been just as amazing and overwhelming to me is this community of users and my community in which I live.  They have all been so supportive

I decided to start a blog for two reasons, to help my community, friends and colleagues to know about my journey.  The other side benefit has been to squelch the invariable rumors which crop up in a small community.  As I was setting up the blog, the community gossip was that I was retiring (even to Tahiti - BTW the commute is tough cool) and that I had colon caner, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma and that I was on my 'death bed'.  None of the rumors could be farther from the truth but I now don't have to contend with them.  To the contrary, by sharing, I have been supported in so many ways from my patients, friends, family and colleagues.

The link to the blog follows:

I am getting ready for a second try at the stem cell transplant next week with my daughter, Erika being my donor.

I have been so blessed to have the support of 7 doctors, who are members of the EMR Village, and other local docs to help keep the doors open at Skyline Family Practice.  The AAFP News called me about my story and the story has now been 'put to pen':

One of my children suggested I create a GoFUNDMe page since being out of the office will have a significant financial impact.  The response has been overwhelming and much appreciated.

As I close, I want to give thanks all those who contribute to this community and make the challenges of using an EMR seem less burdensome to those who join us. 

I am blessed and I thank you.


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