The Cancer, pt. 2 – Cancer Sucks, But I’m Still a Lucky Guy

My first-line chemotherapy has failed and I feel like a guy who tried to disarm a bomb but cut the wrong wire.

Now the timer has sped up.

The second-line chemo has been kicking my taut derrière, and my 2nd novel is giving me a little trouble, so my spirits have been sagging.

Then I got the following uplifting comments on my website:

Christine Grandon on October 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm said:

read my daughter’s copy and really enjoyed it, especially since I’m from CR and moved to TX!! Also, Noh’s religious feelings mirror mine!! Also, coincidence, i had just finished Suspect by Robert Crais and you are WAY better!! His protagonist was predictable and made stupid choices. As i said, you are way better. Don’t quit writing and i hope “the Gods” smile on you and make you well again

Christine Grandon on October 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm said:

just finished my daughter’s copy of your book, having just finished Robert Crais’ Suspect by coincidence and you are way better than he is! I liked Noh and Lee so much! My religious journey mirrors Noh’s very closely and coincidentally was raised in Cedar Rapids but moved to Texas for work. Please keep writing with confidence, and I hope “the Gods” smile on you with complete recovery.

Now I realize that I’m a lucky guy and I should re-focus on the good.

I have a great wife and daughter who cheerfully assist me when my body isn’t up to snuff.

One sister and her husband and kids visit and check in regularly. My other sister keeps me up to date on the latest therapies.

My wife’s family both in Cedar Rapids and out of town consistently let me know they are thinking of me.

My neighbors read my novel for their book club and invited me to discuss it with them.

My three brothers-from-other-mothers call, email, text, and visit.

My bluesman cousin from Austin lifechecks me regularly.

A brilliant former co-worker/haiku laureate from my technical writing days agreed with a smile to be a beta reader for my 2nd novel.

The Writing Lads still get together most Sundays as we have for nearly four years, supporting each other’s efforts.

Cancer sucks, but my life doesn’t.  I’m a lucky guy.

(But I wouldn’t say no to a cure.)

Author: Lennox Randon

Randon, a writer battling metastatic GIST cancer (gastrointestinal stromal tumors), currently lives in Iowa with his wife Lileah.

7 thoughts on “The Cancer, pt. 2 – Cancer Sucks, But I’m Still a Lucky Guy”

  1. I’m Michael Nash’s wife. We haven’t met. Wanted to also offer you some support from CA. You know more than anyone at this point that it is the journey that counts and you seem to be doing a great job focusing on just that. Keep it up! You obviously have been a wonderful influence to those around you and your readers and minute brings a miracle for each of us. Love Carol

  2. I took it from a book review (not related to these books) from this page:

    “This brings me, finally, to Hickey and Roberts. Ascorbate is potentially so important (being preferentially cytotoxic to cancer cells at high doses properly administered) for the Cancer patient that some readings in that domain are essential, and the coverage provided by Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts is a very good place to start. First up: Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C (Amazon link: Even though applications specific to the prevention and treatment of cancer occupy a relatively small proportion of the book, it’s still an excellent place to start for the cancer patient (or caregiver). It’s written in an accessible manner with rigor and even a bit of wry humor here and there. The reader will gain a basic understanding of the pharmacology of ascorbate, will be introduced to the dynamic flow model, and will thereby understand why so much of the conventional research on the efficacy of vitamin C with respect to cancer just doesn’t even come close to capturing its value. That knowledge alone will go a long way toward helping many cancer patients even if they don’t read anything else on the subject. With dynamic flow, much higher plasma concentrations can be achieved via oral administration than were previously thought possible (achieved by dosing at frequent intervals). But understand, for most cancer patients intravenous administration of sodium ascorbate will likely be required; much higher levels can be achieved via intravenous administration. In their book, Cancer: Nutrition and Survival (Amazon link:, they focus specifically on cancer and add other ascorbate potentiators (e.g., alpha lipoic acid, vitamin K) to “kick it up a notch.” And their new book, The Cancer Breakthrough (Amazon link:, almost could have been a continuation of Cancer: Nutrition and Survival. This slim volume takes much of the information from the previous two books with a bit of added information and translates it into some very concrete and actionable guidance. The new book is best read and comprehended, I think, after having read the first two. In fact, I strongly recommend reading the Hickey & Roberts books in the order cited-they really build on each other.

    I realize I’m getting a bit long-winded here, but there is one more I would be remiss were I not to mention it. Cancer and Vitamin C by Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling (Amazon link: is another one that has for the most part withstood the test of time. Even though we know a lot more now about the pharmacology of vitamin C, and even though by standards of modern knowledge and experience the doses they administered seem overly timid, there’s no question that they were on the right track even back then in the 70’s, and they did manage to achieve some pretty impressive results. Yes, their testing methodology wasn’t perfect, but still the results were so striking that it just seems sinful that there has been so little follow up by the cancer industry. (The bogus Mayo Clinic studies don’t count! Those studies were at least as vulnerable to criticism as were the Cameron/Pauling experiments for reasons that will hopefully become apparent after reading this book and the Hickey/Roberts books.) Having said that, other researchers have been able to replicate the Cameron/Pauling results, so progress has been made even if little publicized. It’s also interesting to read their description of cancer and conventional cancer treatments. Although written so long ago and obviously outdated in some particulars, what’s more striking is how much of it still is true today.”

    Not sure how much of it you know already, but vit C is extremely beneficial.
    Best wishes.

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