Happy Anniversary!!

2 years ago today I was headed to Memorial Sloan Kettering for my week long stay.  Looking back I must say I really miss it.  I got to relax because I wasnt able to move my leg for over a month.  I got room service every day.  I got to meet a new roommate that did nothing but talk and yell in a very loud voice ALL THE TIME.  When I think about it there is nothing but fun!  I got to do whatever I wanted to do as long as it involved lying down in a hospital bed for a week.  No sitting up, no turning on my side, no moving.  And once you make it through the week here you get your very own hospital bed to take home with you because we can tell you love it so much!  Just sit in it at home too!  Be sure to keep your leg HORIZONTAL, but only for a MONTH!  After that learning how to walk again won’t feel too awkward, you’ll pick it up in no time!  Who wouldnt want to do that?  Ahhh, good times!  When its put into perspective of saying do all that and we’ll let you live, then the trade off seems like a good deal.  So truthfully, it wasnt all that bad considering the alternative.  

This is just a quick update on what has become one of the greatest dates in my lifetime.  Only December 7th and July 7th might be able to top it.  2 years is a significant milestone for this type of sarcoma.  I know, it doesnt mean bells and fireworks go off signaling the all clear and I dont ever need to worry about it again.  Sloan has a great reminder program that automatically makes you think about it every 6 months.  After you stay with them for a week you earn Bonus Visits with their rewards program.  It includes free visits every six months so they can give you the thumbs up or thumbs down to go on with your life or not.  As great as it is, I wouldnt recommend signing up.  

Thank you to everyone that has gone along for the ride with me on this!  I couldnt have done it without everyone.  A strange thing occurred along the way.  Some people have mentioned they actually enjoy reading the updates?  Thank you so much for mentioning it.  I really appreciate it.  I had no idea.  It was mostly just me babbling on about stuff so I’m glad you like it.  I never knew following these simple rules would work out so well:  

How to Write Good

  1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  1. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
  2. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
  3. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
  4. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  5. Don’t use commas, that, are not, necessary.
  6. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
  7. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
  8. Subject and verb always has to agree.
  9. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
  10. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.
  11. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  12. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
  13. Don’t never use no double negatives.
  14. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  15. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
  1. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  2. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  3. Profanity sucks.
  4. Be more or less specific.
  5. Understatement is always best.
  6. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  7. One word sentences? Eliminate.
  8. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  9. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  10. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  11. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  12. Who needs rhetorical questions?
  1. Eschew obfuscation.
  2. No sentence fragments.
  3. Don’t indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.
  4. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  5. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
  6. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  7. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  8. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  9. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  10. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  11. Always pick on the correct idiom.
  12. The adverb always follows the verb.
  13. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  14. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
  15. And always be sure to finish what
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