Well, after a seven year running battle with Hepatic Cirrhosis and Stage Four Liver Failure and a 15 month standoff with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (liver cancer), I have undergone a successful liver transplant and now a free from both. The operation was on January 3rd at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Hospital and my recovery has been rapid. I should be back home by mid February.
There are not adequate words to embody the feeling of gratitude I have for the woman whose gift to me in death was life, the team of doctors and specialists that have been with me every step of the way (and will be as I will forever be in their care), my dear family and friends who lent be support though the toughest of times, and my mother who has been at my side for every doctors visit and extended hospital stays since the cancer since our initial trip to Pittsburgh a year ago.
I could not have imagined at the young age of 19 in 1985 when I volunteered for the U.S. Army Infantry that all these later it would be the Department of Veterans Affairs that would live up to their end of the deal and provide this health coverage for me 100%, to include all travel, hotels, etc., for my support person, aka my mother.
So, it is high time that I get back to work now that I am clear of mind and am regaining my physical strength.
If you are someone whom I have worked with in the past and you ever need to get in touch with me my number is the same, or you can email me or use the contact form on this page. I can make time to call you just as soon as I can at any time.
As for where I will be living; that is to be determined. My primary focus is to take my recovery and trauma work to the VA and work with fellow veterans, but I am not ruling out working with a practice again. That said, the tables will be somewhat reversed now that I have options and that practice would have to share the same basic approaches and goals.
Regardless, I will still maintain individual relationships with anyone who would like to sit with me. In person, on the phone, at a bench in the park, wherever. It is all about you, and I am only there to help you in whatever way I can to find your own healing and not some text book or workshop's step by step system.
Trust, honesty, humility, and a touch of humor can do wonders in opening the path to happiness.
So, join me in a big group hug to celebrate all that is going well in our lives, and as for the rest of it, let's talk. I am always here for you.