Phil's Cancer Journal

"The News is Bad," April 2, 2001
So said the doctor on that unforgettable morning. Here's what I sat down to write when I got home.

Announcement to Family and Friends, April 4, 2001
Breaking the news to loved ones.

Follow-up to Family and Friends, May 9, 2001
Updating the situation after getting some sober news.

Going Public With Cancer, July 17, 2001
Creating a public mission for my new book, Zen 24/7: All Zen/All the Time,in a memo to my publisher.

Interview with, August 22, 2001
An online Q&A session on zen and the art of living with cancer.

Follow-up to Family and Friends, September 6, 2001
Announcing a new stage in treatment with an appeal for help.

Not Just Another Day, September 11, 2001
How quickly things can change.

On Anger and Peace, September 12, 2001
Why I feel no rage over my cancer.

Hungry for Life, September 18, 2001
One week later, preparing for surgery all over again.

First Down, September 25, 2001
Surgery's over. Next.

A Cup of Water, September 27, 2001
Where the journey of relearning to eat begins.

Re: The Darker Side, September 30, 2001
A question begs an answer.

Radio Interview with Michael Toms, October 1, 2001
A one-hour interview on Wisdom Radio discussing Zen and my battle with cancer. Here's how to request to hear it.

Slow Days and a Mother's Love, October 16, 2001
Grinding my way through the dog days of recovery, with the help of one special mom.

Happy Birthday, October 20, 2001
Reaching a milestone.

Giving Thanks, November 22, 2001
A thought for Thanksgiving.

No Mas, December 5, 2001
"The most aggressive course of treatment in the world" lives up to its billing.

Silent Night, December 24, 2001
'Twas the night before Christmas . . .

Gone But Not Forgotten, January 15, 2002
On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, remembering some vital lives who've inspired me in my fight against cancer.

E-mail to Family and Friends, January 21, 2002
Results of the first post-op CAT scan.

A.D.Y., February 28, 2002
It's been awhile, I know.

A Year in Minutes, April 2, 2002
Marking the first of what I hope will be many, many anniversaries.

Back to Life, Back to Reality, May 2, 2002
A rough return from two weeks in paradise.

I'm With Al Michaels, May 5, 2002
Wanted: One miracle.

A.D.Y., Redux, May 7, 2002
Here we go again. Wouldya please not count me out?

My Body, May 26, 2002
Mirror, mirror, on the wall. What is that?

Memorial, June , 2002
Information about Phil's Memorial Service

When Daddy Dies, June 30, 2002
A poem Phil wrote for his children on April 29, 2001