Kidney cancer and you. And me. And all of us.

It’s my month, y’all! It’s Kidney Cancer Awareness month!
As you all know, I am a stage 4 kidney cancer patient. (you can read about it here, here and here. ) I also donate a chunk of my royalties to kidney cancer research, specifically to the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance. They’re one of the only groups funding novel research into life-extending treatments and cures for this shit show of a disease.

Fun facts:
Kidney cancer has no symptoms.
There is no early screening test. No blood test, no nothing.
By the time you have symptoms, it’s stage 4.
Younger and younger people are getting it every year and no one knows why. It used to be a disease of age. Now, people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are getting it. (I suspect forever chemicals such as C8 have something to do with it.)
At stage 4, it’s a death sentence– few treatments, no cure.
If it weren’t for cutting edge research and sheer luck, I would have been dead in 2018.
Support cancer research. It CAN happen to you.
Every dollar you donate helps every single patient from today until the end of civilization. I’m alive today because people donated ten years ago. Pay it forward!

Thanks to you guys, and family and friends, my family and fans have been able to raise and donate about $4500 to the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance. Unfortunately, cancer research funding and donations have taken a nosedive during the pandemic. Understandable, however, that means labs have lost funding, research is halted, promising developments are not pursued.

I know times are tough right now, but if you have even a single dollar to spare, it will make a difference to patients like me and forever into the future!

Learn more about the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance at https://kccure.org/donate/

4 thoughts on “Kidney cancer and you. And me. And all of us.

  1. Steve Roberts says:

    I also have stage 4 kidney cancer. I was diagnosed in 2017, but I had stage 4 symptoms about 2 years before my diagnosis, but I didn’t realize it. I had my right kidney removed and I still have Old Lefty, as my younger daughter calls it. It has spread considerably to my spine, neck, and hips. But, luckily, I am a Christian and I do not live my life in despair. I just purchased a few of your books which sound great. If you need any encouragement, please contact my wife or me through my email.

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    I am so glad that you are still here and writing. I just read the first half of your first book and happened to have glanced at about the author for whether or not there were sequels. I am a voracious reader going back to the late 70s (53 now), and am loving this book. As a coincidence I just had out a kidney boulder a week ago. Thank GOD cancer is not one of my problems. Your book brings up memories for me of just out of University and the HORRIBLE job I had for 3.25 an hour US. You guessed it, graveyard, convenience store, also alone middle of nowhere…Horrible management, no cameras, not allowed to lock doors, had to load cooler and do all cleaning and work because THAT is what the extra .25 an hour was for. Did I mention the stalker? Only location where no one was killed that month within 30 miles.

    Anyway, I am now semi-retired due to health, which means I do things like creating full sets in Second life for Relay for Life events, teach those who are younger than socks I own at such events how to role play. I sometimes paint, make cards, and some day I will finish writing that story…My step dad passed of stage 4 metastasized lung cancer in January of 2020. Even knowing he was ill was actually after the Relay activities. Am about to do one again.

    Yet again, thank you for the wonderful story so far. I am going to go buy the next one on Amazon, and it is so wonderful because it actually makes me LAUGH!

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    • D.M. Guay says:

      I feel this acutely. When I worked graveyard shift, I was paid 4.50 an hour–a 25 cent an hour “hazard pay” boost over minimum wage–because of the extra danger. Uh huh. Yeah. Totally worth being held up at gunpoint. TOTALLY!

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