Category Archives: The Boring Patient

2nd Annual Lankes Family Red Cross Blood Drive

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A Message From the Lankes Family: Please join us on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 1-7p.m. for the 2nd Annual Lankes Family Red Cross Blood Drive. It will be held at Holy Cross Church in Dewitt, NY. David was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2013. He underwent a stem cell transplant and is now 1 year cancer free! This…

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My First Re-Birthday

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One year ago a lab technician thawed out six syringes filled with my stem cells. She handed them one at a time to a doctor. Over the course of about an hour, and under the direction of a nurse practitioner, that doctor pushed those cells into my heart and saved my life. Saved my life…

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Today. Today. Today.

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This semester I am teaching a class in self-publishing (Publish or Perish: From Monks to MOOCs). This post is the result of my most recent self-published book, The Boring Patient. There are a lot of reasons folks self-publish a book. Some for fame, some for money, some because they have something they want to share.…

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The Boring Patient Reviews are In

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My new book The Boring Patient has been out for about 2 months and the reviews are starting to come in. Available as a paperback, ebook, and audio book here are some highlights. Amazon (5.0 out of 5 stars) 5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring but realistic journey of a great man dealing with cancer 5.0…

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Announcing The Boring Patient Audio Book

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Just in time for the holidays, you can now listen to my recent book, The Boring Patient, read by the author as an unabridged audio book (3 hours 17 minutes). How better to celebrate things like giving thanks, family, people coming back from the dead, and…candles, than with a book about cancer. No reindeers or…

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Moving Forward 42 Steps at a Time

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Three weeks back I gave an ending talk at the ILEAD U project. It was about overcoming fear and resistance, and the importance of building a team that will encourage you to move on. A few folks told me how that message was important outside of the context of librarianship and the project. Upon request,…

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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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