April 6, 2004 8:23 AM   Subscribe

Cass is dying of colon cancer, and he is telling us all about it in his beautiful, witty and absolutely inspiring blog.
posted by Fat Buddha (11 comments total)
Wow. What a great heart.
posted by psychotic_venom at 8:59 AM on April 6, 2004

Very heartwarming and lighthearted tale on such a difficult and traumatic subject. I know that, if I were in his shoes, I wouldn't be as loose about the topic as he is.
posted by GirlFriday at 9:28 AM on April 6, 2004

Damn. I was laughing and crying at the same time reading his stuff. If there are such things as miracles, I hope one happens to him.
posted by tommasz at 9:42 AM on April 6, 2004

My dad told my mom "I would rather die than have a colonoscopy". Cancer was found late in the term, he died in 1996. Guess who isn't afraid of seeing the doctor? Me.
posted by Keyser Soze at 9:42 AM on April 6, 2004

My partner of 9 years was diagnosed similarly in 2001 and he passed 14 months later. The whole process changed my outlook regarding life and how I proceed. This man's blog is amazing and hit me right between the eyes this morning.
posted by Jikido at 10:13 AM on April 6, 2004

Ahhh this guy is funny, writes exquisitely and yet he has got nothing less that what he has got. A WEBLOG ! I mean damn a weblog may be a damnation (I'll ask matt).

You rule man you rule.
posted by elpapacito at 10:32 AM on April 6, 2004

He also volunteered to "die" for the winner of the Atheist Jesus Poetry Contest (warning: blasphemy ahead).
posted by thomas j wise at 11:29 AM on April 6, 2004

Yow. Thanks for sharing that. He's a beautiful man; I hope the rest of his days are happy.
posted by livii at 12:37 PM on April 6, 2004

A friend of mine died of cancer about 6 weeks ago. The progress of his cancer was about the same as Cass', but was much slower, over the course of 6 years or so. He dealt with his disease MUCH differently than Cass.

For the most part it seemed as though he (my friend, that is) had a difficult time talking about it. He and I were a thousand miles apart, so our communications took the form of email and the occasional phone call. I'd ask about his health every now and again, but wouldn't get much more than a vague answer. Late last year he phoned to let me know that the cancer had spread to his lungs. He started talking about his prognosis but as soon as he got a little choked up he clammed up and changed the subject.

From his weblog, it seems that Cass is dealing with his disease and death head on, with dignity and a sense of humor. We all have different ways of coping, and Cass' approach seems to serve him well.
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:03 PM on April 6, 2004

Thanks for this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:10 PM on April 6, 2004

Here's an intro to the Atheist Jesus Poetry contest, for those who came in late.
posted by madman at 11:34 PM on April 6, 2004

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