Sunday, May 8, 2016

Perhaps the time is right

Hey all, I just read that post about merging the group or opening up for new members. I've enjoyed coming to this spot and sharing this with people. I can truly admit, no matter diametrically opposed I am to some in terms of politics, there is no one here I would not want to have dinner with and bring my wife Kim along. I know at times I have been way way over the top in firing off some angry and ultimately unnecessary remark. I've also made things kind of personal at times and do regret. Nonetheless, the dinner remark is 100% true.

Some of you know and some don't that I was diagnosed with kidney cancer just about a month ago. In the first few weeks, things have been a bit chaotic. My scan that was suggestive of renal cell carcinoma was completed on April 11, and then I had a biopsy on April 12 and after a few days, the results of that were inconclusive. Nonetheless, we started treatment based on likely histology and after they re-ran the biopsy, it appears I have non-clear cell renal sarcoma.

This is not a curable cancer and the only thing they can do with treatment is buy some time. How time is quite variable. I am going to USC in LA soon for a second opinion, and already have started a treatment that, by itself, is appropriate. However, I may soon also need adjuvant therapy, such as chemo. Quite honestly, I have literally no solid idea right now how much time I may or may not have. I am still up and getting around, but I have lost gobs of weight and have not yet returned to work for light duty.

So, I have decided to make a "signing off" post. With all else that is going on, I don't have much time to chime in and additionally, I have found that the more I focus on my relationship with Kim and the warm wishes coming in from friends, I feel peace. I'm not likely to significantly alter the path of my cancer, and I have made peace with that as well. When it is time, I will sign on to hospice care and try to live what I have preached to others for so many years now. If anyone is interested in stay in touch, I'd love to hear from anybody. This is my best email   From here on out though, it is likely I won't be chiming back in here unless I have some insomnia LOL

to everybody, I have truly enjoyed the back and forth we have had. I wish at times my tone was less harsh, but I think we have all learned something from each other at times, I know I have and even William has made me admit to myself (if no one else) I was wrong about some point. To all of you, God bless and may peace and health be with you and your families. Perhaps i will continue to interact with some of you by email.

Take care everyone,

Mike Kemp


  1. You have my email Mike. Anytime you want to reach out please do. God Bless.

  2. My best wishes and prayers go out to you Mike.

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