Delivering More of My Own Bad News

If you’re a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I’ve been in an ongoing battle with cancer since 2014. If you’re a relatively new reader here, I want you to know that I have an exceedingly rare form of cancer known as Appendicial Carcinoma with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP).

So, why am I once again writing about my health?

The reason is that I’ll soon be undergoing another extensive surgery. That means that for now, and for at least the next few months, I need to focus 100 percent of my energy on preparing for surgery and focusing on my recovery. So, I’ll be taking an indefinite leave-of-absence from my blog, professional life, and most social media activity. I look forward to re-engaging as soon as I am able.

Meantime, if you want to learn more about my situation, just search “Pseudomyxoma Peritonei” on this site using the search bar at the right.

I also want to thank you for being a loyal blog reader and for being supportive of my various efforts, in various ways. I’m already looking forward to the day when we can re-engage.

Finally, I want you to know that I recognize that we all face challenges. So, I’m going to share with you just some of the quotes that have lifted my spirits during my darkest hours; I hope some of them will inspire you as well:

“Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts.” — Ruth Gordon

“Bwété pa tonbé.” — “Limping is not falling.” — Haitian Creole Proverb

“When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never, never, never give up.” — Winston Churchill

“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” — Babe Ruth

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” — Rocky Balboa, movie Rocky

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” — Vince Lombardi

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” — Andy Warhol

“Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can’t are both right.” — Henry Ford

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” — W. Clement Stone

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn vos Savant

“Fear. That’s the other guy’s problem.” — from movie Trading Places

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow – it empties today of strength.” — Carrie Ten Bloom

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Don’t give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” — Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — Coach John Wooden

So, what are your favorite inspirational quotes that have helped you through tough times?

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

UPDATE (November 2017): I’m back! You can read about my successful fight with cancer in my return post, “Do the Numbers Tell the Full Story?

53 Responses to “Delivering More of My Own Bad News”

  1. Wow, Michael. May the powers that be continue to bless you with strength and a positive attitude. What gifts you have brought us! Thank you.

  2. Our warmest thoughts are coming your way, Michael, along with strength for your family and gratitude for all you’ve taught us. We’ll eagerly await your return.

  3. Michael, I am SO sorry you must go through this. I am sending good vibrations your way. We will miss your voice while you’re away. Here’s a few quotes:

    “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant

    “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” — Helen Keller

    “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw

    “Out of difficulties grow miracles.” — Jean De La Bruyere


  4. Michael – Thank you for your service and courage. All best for your recovery!

  5. Michael: This is such sad news, but I know you’ll meet this with your usual courage, persistence, and fortitude. Medical advances in combination with your indomitable spirit will help you over this latest hurdle. Thoughts and prayers with you.

  6. May G-d continue to bless you, strengthen you, and give you continued peace. Fight well!!!

  7. Michael, Your positive attitude is inspirational. When I cared for my friend Jim during his cancer journey, I told myself again and again, “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.” (Mark 6:36).

  8. Michael, you’ll be in my prayers till I hear that you’ve beaten this again.. all my love, Erica

  9. I’m so sorry Michael! I’m quite new to your blog so I wasn’t aware of your fight with cancer. I will miss your posts – until you’re able to resume writing them. God bless and Godspeed.

  10. Strength. I was hoping the surgery could be postpone longer. Damn the torpedoes.

  11. Wishing you all best possible outcomes, Michael. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  12. Warmest wishes in the days ahead and for a speedy recovery. Thanks for all you do to help others and always offer good food for thought.

  13. Thank you for all the positive information you have shared with us in your blog. Take this time to concentrate on your health and happiness and know all your readers out here are sending our most positive energy and thoughts to you. We will miss you hearing from you.

  14. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and hoping this journey brings you safely back to this blog.

  15. Hi Michael, I’ve never met you, but I learned much from your blog. I wish you sucess with your surgery and a speedy recovery.

  16. Hi Michael, I am sorry to know this, you can beat this bastard! Never give up, never surrender.

  17. Best of luck and take good care.

  18. I’m very sorry to hear this, Michael. I admire your bravery as you go through this difficult process. You’ll be in my thoughts and hope you’ll be back with us soon.

  19. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before”. – Jacob Riis

    Love the Rocky Quote, too. One of my favorites.

  20. Thanks for sharing with us, Michael. I always find you to be an insightful writer, regardless of the topic. Focus on healing and know that your readers are sending their prayers, positive energy and more for your ongoing recovery.

  21. Michael – you remain my prayers. From Psalm 145: The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

  22. Michael – I have been reading your blog and using information from your posts in my work for several years. You are an inspiration. I wish you strength in this fight and look forward to your return.

  23. Oh Michael, little do we know what challenges others face unless they are as open and brave as you and willing to share.

    May God, a higher power, or whatever you might believe in sustain you through these challenging times.

    A quote that I found that made me chuckle:

    “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

  24. Michael,

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers like I did the last go around.


  25. Dear Michael,
    I am sad to hear your news. I will definitely miss you but I know this is only a temporary absence. I admire you, you’re strong and you can have every confidence I have you in my prayers. As a mother of a 7 year old daughter who is a cancer survivor, I have high hopes for a fast recovery for you. Warm smiles, your colleague from Montreal, Canada, Claudia.

  26. Michael, Wishing you the very best results so we can have you back asap. While I appreciated the wonderful quotes you’ve give us, we all take inspiration from you and all that it inspires us.

  27. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean
    not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make
    your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6.

  28. Best wishes to you Mr. Rosen.


  29. Michael, my thoughts and prayers are with as you take on this new challenge. You provide so much thoughtful insight to the fundraisers and our profession making a difference for the people we serve. I wish you a speedy recovery, so you can continue offering advice and counsel as we try make life better for the people we serve…We need your advice more than ever in these challenging times and look forward to your columns and writing in the very near future!!!

  30. “… Stand up eight.” Wishing you all the strength and healing you need, Michael. Thank you for your wonderfully written helpful blog. Fight strong.

  31. I thank everyone for the outpouring of support shown here and elsewhere. I’m touched.

    On Twitter, Sonia Miller at Merkle Response Management Group shared a great quote that resonated with me that I thought I’d share here:

    “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

  32. So sad to hear of the continuing battle. Cancer is sneaky and just when we think we have won the battle, it comes back for more. Like you, Michael, I have been battling my third breast cancer and also to had to put my focus on myself. I’m undergoing chemo as we speak. I would like to thank you for being inspiring, encouraging and for showing me new principles during my work. I have learnt so much from you and really appreciate your wisdom and compassion. May God bless you and keep you. I look forward to hearing much more from you when you have won this battle.

  33. I’m so late as I just read this blog post, Michael. You have been a friend and mentor to so many and I pray this support comes back to you many, many times. I only think we can deal with life sometimes, one day..or one hour at a time. May you remember you are loved and supported.

  34. Michael, your strength and tenacity are remarkable. We will miss you during your leave-of-absence but look forward to your return.
    The line that gets me through is “This too shall pass.” Works in bad times to remember they will not last forever, and in good times to remember to be grateful. Wishing you light in the dark times, and looking forward to your return!

  35. Dear Michael, All the best to you during this difficult time and we look forward to having you back on your blog (which is wonderful, by the way) very soon! We are all pulling for you! – Jim Jacobs, Claremont McKenna College

  36. God bless you, Michael. Stay strong, you are in my prayers.

  37. All the best in your journey, wishing you strength. “All we ever truly need is in our own backyard” paraphrase from Dorothy in The Wizard of OZ

  38. All the best Michael in a speedy recovery

  39. “Today will be what it is. I will be who l am. And there will be beauty in both”. Sending you warm wishes and a speedy recovery Michael.

  40. Blessings and good wishes for a safe journey and recovery, Michael.

  41. Dear Michael-Wishing you so much strength and focus that you don’t read this until you’re fully recovered. When you do, here’s my quote.

    “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — St. Francis of Assisi

    Fondly, Val

  42. Best to you, Michael, and know that you are a “wounded healer.”

  43. Thank you for sharing this difficult news. You’ll be in my prayers as you continue on this journey.

  44. Oh Michael, this sucks. I’m so sorry you’ve got to go through all this again. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping you find the strength you need – and healing.

  45. Michael, thank you for sharing, and thank you for bringing life-changing knowledge to many people over the years. You will be in my prayers for healing. I like the Corrie Ten Boom quote- her story of perseverance is amazing, I hope you will read The Hiding Place.

  46. Sending best wishes to you, Michael. Looking forward to your return.

  47. Michael, we know you are tough enough to get through this.

  48. “Light tomorrow with today!” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Michael–gather your strength and resources today so you can fight your battle tomorrow. Sending you healing energy.

  49. Michael, Sending you healing energies and angel hugs….may your worries be less and your blessings be more, and may good health and happiness come through your door.

  50. Thanks for sharing your story, Michael, as well as all of the wonderful comments and advice over the years. When dealing with my own cancer journey, I did not share very broadly because I needed to focus on my situation, and frankly did not want to hear everyone’s horror stories because they were distracting. Now – six years later – I am grateful for the lessons learned, and the benefits of the other brave and hard-working people who came before me in the struggle. May you find comfort and solace in the good wishes of others, and appreciate the kindness and skills of your medical team who no doubt are awesome. May you, too, have successes in your battles, knowing that you are not alone. Best to you and yours.

    • Thanks so much for your empathy and good wishes. I read your kind comments to Michael who is on the healing side now from his successful, 14 hour surgery. A long but promising road of recovery ahead. Great to have the encouragement and support of friends and colleagues. — Lisa Rosen


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