Where’s Mike? (A Personal Update)

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Hi Folks,

I’m been getting a lot of inquiries of late, and I’m not keeping up with them as fast as I would generally hold myself to. For good reason, but I thought it worth a moment to explain!

While word is spreading on the industry grapevine, many of you may not have heard. Back in November, I learned I have an extremely rare (think one-in-a-billion—we always knew I was special) and aggressive sinus cancer. Stage IV, and in a tricky place, into the skull a bit, and non-operable. The cancer fight is physically the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m gonna do my best to beat this beast and stick around for a long while. There is much I can still do to make a contribution to the world and the industry. 

Mike on a chemo cocktailI’m being treated down in Boston at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and at Massachusetts General Hospital, home of a fancy-schmancy proton beam accelerator. The good news is treatments have improved other the last decade. The chemo prelude is working strongly. And the proton beam therapy is the right radiation treatment for me (I just won a running battle with insurance to cover that–what a goofy health-care system we have). I came into this otherwise strong, and that’s helping, too. I’ve got good reason to hope I can lick this for several years, or for much longer. 

In the short term, I’m in Burlington for the moment, but I’m tied to Boston for treatment, and limited by my inability to travel or even to stick to phone schedules as the hospital treatments and my own energy bounces around. That said, I’m working on a few great small projects that I can do my own time, in little bites at a time. And things are looking well enough that I’m scheduling regular work in April and May and beyond.

I’m sorry I’ve had to leave several long-term clients for a while during this busy season, but I’ll be back! Anyone, if you’re looking out into May or beyond, we can talk! Depending on treatment schedules, it will likely take me a couple days longer than useful to get back to you, but I will. I’m also helping a number of clients and others find good substitutes for a variety of speaking engagements, trainings, and projects. Feel free to ask me for recommendations.

On a personal note, thank you so much to those who’ve reached out. I can’t keep up responding to all the well wishes, but I read them all and they mean a lot to me. I am very privileged to work in an industry full of such wonderful people trying to make a difference. Thanks for what you do. Thank you for reaching out. And I hope to join you back out there very soon! I’m pushing hard to make the National Home Performance Conference in Philly at the end of April.

For those, who want to track the details of my progress–I won’t be posting them here–my daughter Sabine has set up a website to push out updates on my status. Feel free to follow if you’re so inclined.

All the best,

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Mike Rogers is the President of OmStout Consulting. A nationally recognized expert in residential energy-efficiency, he works with contractors and programs to scale sustainable market approaches to improving homes. More on Google+


  1. Don Keinz  February 8, 2018

    Mike –

    Just hearing about your battle with cancer.
    I know it can be a tough slug but in the short time I spent working with you I know you are a determined, focused and strong person. All the ingredients to fight the battle ahead.

    I will be thinking about you and praying for your recovery and return to good health, as I know so many others will be doing the same.

    Stay strong. And please let me know if I can help in any way.


  2. Emily Kemper  February 8, 2018

    Mike! I’m happy to see you smiling in your photo despite that stupid cancer! Man, screw cancer. I am sending you hugs and positive thoughts from the West Coast. Stay strong my dude, and I hope to see you in Philly where I will buy you a kale smoothie and we can contemplate how it is that sinuses can cause so much trouble when they are just voids in our heads…

    • Mike Rogers  February 8, 2018

      Looking forward to that kale smoothie!

  3. Jason Berry  February 7, 2018


    Best wishes and a speedy recovery. We are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending good vibes too.

  4. Stephanie Thomas-Rees  February 6, 2018

    Very much wishing you a speedy return. We’ll be thinking about you. Stephanie Thomas-Rees

  5. Bill Smith  February 5, 2018

    Mike, although we aren’t personally acquainted you are among the people who I have always respected for your dedication and clarity. The good news is that those traits will stand you in good stead while you work your way through treatment. As you’re traveling back and forth remember that as you pass Concord.NH there’s a little good will and wishes there for you as you go by.
    Good luck, I look forward to you returning to the fray!

  6. Andrea  February 5, 2018

    Sending you positive thoughts and strength for a quick and full recovery!

  7. Lindsay  February 5, 2018

    Sending you positive thoughts! We look forward to seeing you in Philly in April.

  8. Jon Harrod  February 5, 2018

    Mike, wishing you the very best. You will get through this.

  9. James Moss  February 4, 2018

    Wishing you a fast and permanent recovery.

  10. John Sutter  February 4, 2018

    Your wisdom will be (temporarily) missed. Fight the good fight so you can continue to fight the good fight.

  11. Drew Cameron  February 4, 2018

    Sorry to hear about this Mike. Get well Mike. You got this.

  12. Ellis  February 3, 2018

    Mike, wishing you a strong spirit. positive energy,and wellness on your journey.


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