The picture above was taken this summer: “I have lost a lot of weight. I was unable to gain as much jump height as I could last summer. But my “cannonball life” is not about physical abilities, it’s about attitude — and that is something cancer can’t take away:
Tom Marsilje, Ph.D., is a 20-year oncology drug discovery scientist with “currently incurable” stage IV colon cancer. He also writes a personal blog on life at the intersection of being both a cancer patient and researcher “Adventures in Living Terminally Optimistic” a science column for Fight Colorectal Cancer “The Currently Incurable Scientist” and posts science and advocacy updates to Twitter @CurrentIncurSci. This guest column appears on Diagnosis: Cancer through our partnership with Inspire, an Arlington, Va., company with condition-specific online support communities for more than one million patients and caregivers.