Sunday, May 30, 2010

day +1013

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to blog during the past few weeks. As the school year comes rapidly to an end, life has been acutely busy. Consequently, there has been little time for friends and social life. I joke with some of them that like special-ops soldiers dropping all communication with the outside world before a covert attack, "I've gone dark."

On the health front, all continues to go well. This past Tuesday I had a 6-month follow-up with my nurse practitioner at Sloan. Except for an increasingly vexing pain in my hands and wrists symptomatic of carpal tunnel syndrome, there's no real news to report. I already have own a pair of wrist braces, which I had been lazy about wearing during the past 6 months, I guess. Clearly, there's reason for me to begin using them more regularly again.

I remain on the same laundry list of medications. My blood pressure is very good. I gained a couple of pounds as I hadn't been exercising regularly due to the pressures of work, but I'm back on board once again.

Before I bid you all a pleasant holiday weekend, I wanted to share a bit of cool news. About two months ago, I was asked to be one of the speakers at the hospital's National Survivorship Day celebration on June 16th. Hoda Kotb of NBC's TODAY Show will be its keynote speaker. If you want to attend, please RSVP at donorrelations@mskcc.org.

Hundreds will be in attendance that evening. I've never given an address to so many. Frightened of public speaking as a child and most of adulthood, I had serious doubts that I'd ever be even mildly comfortable in front of people but that's what I do everyday as a teacher. Some times the best way to face a challenge is to just face it. It all starts with a change of perspective and a little guts.

Several weeks ago, I typed a couple of introductory sentences but haven't done anything since then. I still have time.

Enjoy your Monday!

6 Comments:

Comment Blogger Cathy Bueti said...

Hi Duane! Congrats on being a speaker for survivorship day!! Thats great! I can't believe it has been 2 years since I was keynote for that event. It was a great experience for me as I am sure it will be for you!

You will be great! I am sure you will inspire so many! I was also nervous when I first started speaking and that event was the most I had ever spoken in front of. The more you do the more you will feel comfortable.

So proud of you!

:)

7:11 PM  
Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

Hi Duane,

I'm still reading. Glad to hear you're doing well. Apart from the wrist thing, obviously.

Keep on keeping on.

tom.

4:57 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Cathy, do you plan to be at the Survivorship Day too? I do remember your speech very well. I was in attendance. Man, was that 2 years ago already? Wow. Time has blown by fast!

7:47 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Tom! I bet you're still kicking ass. How r u, buddy?

The loving shout-out is much appreciated. :)

7:48 PM  
Comment Blogger Alex said...

hello mr.baily castro!. hows life. do u have facebook?
-class of 2010

1:16 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hello Alex. Hope you're enjoying your summer! Please email me at my school email address. I'd be glad to "friend" you! :)

3:48 AM  

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