Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Year In The Life

It was a year ago today that I found out I had esophageal cancer. Now, thanks to all the support from my friends and health care providers, I'm pretty much back to normal (just a lot thinner). The cancer is gone, and I only have to go in for follow-up CT scans every six months. Thanks to everyone here who supported me during the past year!


Blogger Buck said...

You GO Bubblehead!

10/21/2009 9:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that you are thinner, hit the gym and work on your muscle tone - take advantage of that weight loss!

10/21/2009 9:35 AM

Anonymous EX ANAV/COB said...

Bravo Zulu

10/21/2009 10:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations! that's wonderful news!

i didn't know about what you had been going through (since i came to this blog a short time ago), but i'm sure overcoming cancer has got to feel pretty damn good.

10/21/2009 11:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're doing well Joel.

Best to you and your family.

Chief B

10/21/2009 4:36 PM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

Great news Joel. Hope you can keep the weight off. Another Bravo Zulu

10/21/2009 6:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel, you've put together a helluva' nice site. Once I retire in 12 to 16 years from now, I can only hope I can devise such a fun site. You wouldn't believe who reads this blog, so I won't even start. I will say that quite a few Bubbleheads read and post to this place than you're aware of.

When I wake up at 04:30 before flicking the coffee switch, this is generally the first site I go to when checking morning E-mail. and so on.

Thank You for providing such a fun and informative site. I begin to wonder if you fully realize what kind of an impact you have on all of us. Trust me, it's huge!

You've conjectured and navigated your way through some serious life changes. Obviously you're the better man for it. Quite a few of us thank the fuck Christ that you're still around.

Maintain course & speed as you always have!

The Widgethead

10/21/2009 10:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From all your TOPEKA shipmates out here in Connecticut, we wish all the best to you & yours. Way to go, Shipmate!
R, Gordo

10/22/2009 4:58 AM

Blogger T.J. said...

Good news Joel. I'm sure you and your family are looking forward to the upcoming years as you reflect on this past one.

10/22/2009 6:42 AM

Blogger Travis said...


Great news. I look forward to hanging out and talking about USS Topeka days with you during our next visit to Idaho.


10/22/2009 1:34 PM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

glad you are still with us.

Here's to many more years!

10/22/2009 4:35 PM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Sure am glad to know you're doing well and beating cancer. Besides the obvious need your family has for your continued presence, your extended family of shipmates here rejoice for having you around to give us an outlet to continue to be happy, bitchin' sailors!

10/22/2009 6:49 PM

Blogger reddog said...

Don't listen to those other guys. Put that weight back on. A stout man is a healthy, happy man.

10/22/2009 10:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fantastic news!

10/23/2009 3:33 PM

Anonymous Dave Pittman said...

Good news - from another Topeka shipmate (91-93).

11/11/2009 5:16 PM


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