* To blog or not too blog: As I said to Stacy, it's a win-win situation. If I'm blogging, it's good because I'm writing. If I'm not blogging, it's good because I'm not thinking about cancer (or at least about my cancer). I believe that's the definition of optimism.
* Every once in a while it's good to just read the comments on the blog. It's a good reminder that there are a lot of people who are dealing with the same issues, and thinking the same thoughts.
* If I haven't mentioned the blog LymphoBob before, I am now. He is a follicular lymphoma blogger, always knows what's going on in the fNHL research world, posts frequently, and, to top it off, is a Red Sox fan and quotes The Princess Bride. The link here is to his post about survival statistics. He and I share the same philosophy, I think, on statistics.
* The somewhat prolonged absence from the blog was not all because cancer wasn't on my mind. That was part of it, but it was also because we were on vacation and I avoided all social media channels. No Facebook. No Twitter. No Blogger. No work email. It's good to disconnect every once in a while.
* Two years ago on vacation, I was a couple weeks post-diagnosis. Last year on vacation, I was two weeks pre-chemo. This year on vacation, none of the above. Here's hoping next year will be the same as this year.