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I’m Steve. Web developer, photographer, trail builder, prospector, cancer survivor. If you need help with any of these, have a look at the site. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact me. Maybe I can help.
I live near Campbell River on Vancouver Island in Canada. I’m semi-retired and semi-disabled. Thanks Cancer! I still work for a living because I’m not “government disabled” but I don’t work any more than I have to.
Actually I really do want to thank cancer. Before I was diagnosed I worked 5 days a week sometimes 12 hours a day, raised 2 kids almost single-handed, bought a 3 bedroom house, had 2 cars, a picket fence and a dog. By the time my cancer treatments were done I had no job, no car, no house, no dog, $200 in my pocket and a backpack with some clothes in it. I also had no debt and nobody relying on me. Thanks Cancer!
When I was diagnosed, my doctors were pretty sure it was terminal. They told me to get my affairs in order and say my goodbyes. I gave my house to my wife (who had left me by then) gave away 12 mountain bikes and all my trail building tools. Then I set out to say my goodbyes. I traveled across Canada finding old friends and enemies and told them what I thought of them. Looked up a few high school sweethearts, put a strain on a few marriages and found a 23 year old daughter who I had never met. All in all it was a pretty good romp for a 50 year old man. Probably the best summer I had since I was 15 years old. I’ll never beat THAT summer and no, 15 wasn’t THAT summer.
After 8 weeks of all the best cancer treatments you can get (weekly chemo, daily radiation and a radical neck dissection… look it up on Google, I dare you) and 6 months of recovery in which I lost almost half my body weight, my doctors determined much to their surprise that they had cured me. Well! now I have to go and apologize to all those people back when I was saying my goodbyes. Thanks Cancer!
My life couldn’t be any better. I do what I want when I want. I don’t blame anybody for my troubles and nobody blames me for theirs.