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.
I’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,