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Saturday, January 29, 2005 

The Pirate News

I am writing today to talk about something very interesting that happened to me yesterday. I was called into the office at the college newspaper (The Pirate's Log) that I am writing for and the editors told me that they wanted to discuss my blog. They are interested in having me chronicle my crazy life in a bi-weekly column that other students and staff can read. I told them that I would be glad to do it and I am excited to start but I am not sure what I should write. I told them that I would not hold back and that I would be very, very open and that is my intention. It would be great if just one person got something positive from my words. Maybe this could be the start of something bigger. Maybe I will finally be able to write for a living. The college paper does not pay of course but maybe one day someone will. I don't want to get rich. I would like to just be able to make enough to buy a little house in an old neighborhood like the one I rent now.

I will let you all know when my words are printed and I will send you a copy if you want one. The readers of this blog know that I can be sad and lonely, lost, confused, broken and terrified. But they also know that I can have hope and see through the pain and it will be wonderful to express myself on paper. If it was not for the readers of this blog I would be really lost. This is my therapy. Every comment and email means the world to me and you all have really helped this broken guy feel a whole lot better.

If you are new here please read my profile and click here to read about the illness that lives within me. There is no known cure available but with some hope there may be one day. Feel free to look around and read my ramblings. Sometimes I write about songs that inspire me and movies that make me happy and I write quite a bit about Megan, the love of my life. My life is not a bad life. I have the love and support of my family and toys like my laptop and my ever present ipod, a decent little car, a funny little house and a little dog that is driving me nuts. So, life is good now but I never know when I will get sick and end up in the hospital. I promise that I will write about whatever happens to me right here for all to read if they want to.

Take care today and remember to smile! I will write again very soon.

Hey Ruben-
"Arr" and other such cheesy greetings from a fellow pirate. I'm glad that I finally got around to checking your blog out...the layout looks great and your writing is fine and compelling (as we on the paper have already seen). I only had a few spare minutes tonight, so I only got to read the first couple of posts. You can clue me in on some of the blog's past gems tomorrow, perhaps.
On the medical front: I'm assuming that you've sought a second opinion from specialists...outside of Modesto. I'm talking Stanford or UC Davis. I've met some great doctors who practice in Modesto, but I've heard many, many horror stories from people who ended up having to go to someplace like Stanford and wishing that they'd done so in the first place.
So yeah...gotta go. Here's hoping that all's well with you and yours. Peace.
-Frank

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  • I'm Ruben
  • From Modesto, California, United States
  • This space could be a million lines long but I will try to make a long story short. In April of 2003 I was diagnosed with a rare terminal liver disease and treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in my neck. Because of the combination of diseases and amount of liver damage, doctors estimate that I have between 2 and 5 years to live. Hence the name of this site, "Each Day Counts." If I cannot win this battle I will fight, love and travel until the very end!
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