Category Archives: Biography

I’m Better…Now What?

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[TL;DR version: I’m fine, but we all need to be better] My good friend and colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl asked me to write a bit about my current state of health. I think she is tired of letting folks know I’m fine now, have been doing some travel, and not stuck in a bubble. I feel…

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Cancer Posts and the Boring Patient

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Writing was part of my coping mechanism when going through treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and my stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. That writing was mainly in the form of blog posts. While The Boring Patient is much more than just a compilation of blog posts, these writings give you a good feel for the style…

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Cancer Videos

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As part of the roll out of my new book, The Boring Patient, here are two videos I produced through the stem cell cancer treatment: The actual stem cell transplant. The whole procedure took over an hour, so here is a much more watchable version. If you look carefully you can see a priest do…

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Sample Chapter from the Boring Patient

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The following is the first chapter from my new book, The Boring Patient. Buy it now: You can buy it now via CreateSpace (my preference) and Amazon. You can also get the eBook via Amazon (and Amazon Unlimited). Chapter 1: Getting to Know You I strive to be the boring patient. In the hospital, or during chemotherapy, I want to…

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Announcing My New Book: The Boring Patient

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The following is information about my new book, but I wanted to start out with a thank you to the readers of this blog. Thank you for all your support through my cancer journey. Thank you for your input and ideas on the book and the encouragement to write it up. If you read my…

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The Boring Patient

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The Boring Patient. Lankes, R. David (2014). Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.

Light The Night Walk – Join My Team!

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We’re forming a team for Light The Night Walk on September 18th and we hope you’ll join us. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved…

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Bliss in the Moment

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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Putting up a post that includes the words “bliss” and “optimism” in the midst of civil unrest in Missouri, rockets in Gaza, and bedlam in the Ukraine may seem a bit tone deaf. However, I feel it appropriate because: 1. It is about cancer and that excuses everything, 2. Adding to depressing news…

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A Good PET Scan

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If there is one thing that cancer has not taught me it is patience, so here’s the punch line: Had my first PET scan since the stem cell (bone marrow) transplant on Wednesday. Got the results today. The results: no indication of cancer at this time. Now for more nuance than Twitter will allow. My…

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Day 100

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Today my bone marrow turns 100 days old. In stem cell transplant circles that’s a milestone. To celebrate my wife and friends have organized a blood drive and I’m hoping there will be cake. Earlier I posted a video of the effects of chemo. Today I post the “completed” video that shows the changes from…

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I Want Your Blood…Donated

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As many of you know, I have been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the past year. I’ve been through chemo and most recently a stem cell transplant. Throughout this entire ordeal, I have received numerous blood transfusions that have enabled me to keep fighting. Through the kindness of others, I have been able to live. So, to pay it forward, my…

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Stand for Those We Miss and Love

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When my father died there were no testimonials at the funeral service. Aside from a few remarks of the priest, no one stood and spoke for my father. When I asked the priest about this later, he pointed out that there would be plenty of opportunity to talk about my dad at the wake and…

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The Loss of Hope

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The topic of todays sermon is “hope.” The audience for said sermon is me. You see I woke up this morning with good news. My white blood count had climbed from 0.1 to 0.3. This is the first concrete sign that my stem cell transplant is working. My sores should start to heal, my pains…

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Mundane Miracles

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For the past three days I’ve lay in a bed as my blood flows from my chest into a machine that separates out my stem cells and then back into my chest. The stem cells are pumped throughout the day into a collection bag. This bag is literally my life as next week I will…

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Cancer Category/Post

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I’ve created a new WordPress category for my cancer related posts. I’ve also added a sub-menu for the cancer posts under the “About R. David Lankes” menu.

Beyond the Bullet Points: PET Scans and Water

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I tell you the following story of what happened to me today to: To amuse the twisted and snarky As a cautionary tale for those who seek to serve To let those following my health know about the results of my PET scan Normally when you get a medical test, you get a result. Often…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: When will the Mission Die?

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I asked my doctor how I would die. Her answer was that If this treatment didn’t work we had more treatments after that and another treatment after that and still more tries after that. And if all that doesn’t work no one dies in pain. None of this, of course, answered my question which is…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: A New Year’s Wish

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I have no more use of resolutions. Last year I resolved to keep the weight off that I had lost during my “mystery ailment” from the months before. I succeeded, but only because gaining weight is not a real problem during treatment for cancer. So for this year, instead of making a resolution I will…

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Cancer Update: Stem Cells Are My Friends

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The short version: In December I will begin a new phase of treatment for my cancer. I will be going through intensive chemotherapy followed by an autologous (self) stem cell transplant. This process will in essence “reboot” my blood system. The process will take approximately 4 months followed by at least a year of rebuilding…

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Cancer Update

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Here is an update on my health. After 6 months of chemo, a new biopsy shows that the cancer is not gone. This, of course, is not good news. There are however, several effective treatment options still open, and over the next few days I will be going through them with my doctors and family…

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