The cobbler's children have no shoes… I dislike the expression, but for now, it's true - Totemic is ignored right now. I've been busy with work and life and more work. Occasionally I post updates to @gcanavera & @gregcanavera. I'm still alive, but do miss hearing from you. Get in touch!
My father's 4-months-from-diagnosis battle with pancreatic cancer ended this week. He passed away peacefully, after months of pain and suffering with this wretched disease. We're all grateful he is not in pain anymore, yet are sad to see him go - he will be missed greatly.
You can read an excessively long obituary or google results to get an idea of what he did in life (he's the MeadWestvaco and PeaceCorp Dave C, and did neat things like testify in front of Congress). He is my father, so I'm biased, but he was a pretty swell guy.
We're still a bit in shock, the cancer moved quickly. Effective detection and treatment need to be developed; this disease kills nearly every diagnosed patient. I now understand why so much of the medical speak about panc cancer is about 'pain management' and 'palliative care' - there's little effective treatment availble. Pancan and the Lustgarten Foundation (amongst others) are actively lobbying for awareness and funding research.
Again, thank you all for your kindness and endless support, it's been rough, and we couldn't have made it this far without you.