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Stranger Than Fiction

Thank you for all of the kind words, encouragement, solidarity, and even generous gifts during the run up to my tumor removal surgery last week. I’ve just returned from my post-op appointment with my gynecologic oncologist, so I can finally share an update on my condition. Long story short: I’m “recovering like a champ” and will be able to shave a week or two off my initial recovery estimates. But the full story is much stranger. Read on if you dare – things get a little gory. A Recap: The Plan In November 2006, I had an emergency laparotomy to…

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A Lost Summer

Friends, fans, and fellow nerds: I have a sad personal announcement to make. It’s been an honor to portray Ma1nfram3 on Shadowrun: Corporate SINs these last 16 months. We recently decided that we will end our story on June 28, just a few short weeks away. It’s bittersweet, but it’s actually a great luxury to get to end the story on our own terms, and we’re grateful for this extended final run. So that’s not the sad announcement! After CorpSINs ends, the cast will be launching a 4-week miniseries called SkyWatch on HyperRPG, which is exciting news. Unfortunately, I will…

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Closure on the Sidelines

In March of 2010, I shattered my kneecap into five pieces. (If you want to know how I did it, I’ll just say that I told Leonard Nimoy that I broke it fighting crime on the moon, and he laughed, so now that’s my story.) The injury was catastrophic and instantaneous. One moment I was walking, the next minute I was in unimaginable pain on the ground, screaming like a banshee. My brain literally reasoned that all of the planets in the universe must have converged on my kneecap at once to cause such a sensation. I don’t recommend it.…

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Blood Discrimination

I’ve posted before about my adventures with hemachromatosis, and my negative experiences with the Puget Sound Blood Center. Things since the last post hadn’t improved tremendously, but I still went (out of my way) to perform my therapeutic phlebotomies there since it was contributing healthy blood to the public blood supply. Now, normally, when I arrive at the blood center: 0) Call special hotline to make therapeutic appointment 1) Sign in with the volunteer. Explain that it is a therapeutic donation. 2) Volunteer says, “Oh, *I* can’t sign you in but someone will be over shortly.” Places Red Folder of…

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Care and Feeding of your Sick and Injured Friends

There comes a point in life when our mortality is called into sharp relief. For some, it is a harsh and sudden awakening. But more often, it’s the growing realization that the people around you are more frequently falling ill or otherwise requiring significant medical care. Mine was one of the harsh and sudden awakenings (see “The Cysterhood”). But since that realization, I’ve had four surgeries (laparotomy, laparoscopy, and two arthroscopic knee surgeries), several cancer scares, a 6-month course of frequent bloodlettings, and several extended convalescences at my home and at someone else’s home. I’ve been around the medical block.…

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