Former AL MVP Dies Of Cancer I’m Struggling With

Don Baylor, who played in part of 19 big-league seasons (including 1979, after which he won the Most Valuable Player Award) and who managed in parts of nine others, has passed away, according to multiple reports. Baylor’s death was confirmed by his son to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statemen

Former major-league baseball star and Austin native Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68.

He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that weakens the bones, in 2003. He became an advocate and fund-raiser to fight the disease.

“The regular cancers have had so much money thrown into the pot, and like Multiple Myeloma, we still can’t find a cure,” Baylor said in 2013. “This is a specialized cancer. Maybe we can bring up awareness for Multiple Myeloma. Prostate cancer is men. Breast cancer is women. This can strike anybody. It skips one person and gets another. You don’t even have to be a certain age to get this.”

Quick update. 

I have not been abl to write to anything new of late as I have a new medication that is giving me fits and is causing me problems with concentration, and twitches. It took me an hour to just down this note!

Getting rid of the medication, Lyrica, and hope things will be better soon and I can communicate with you 

A good Bye To Dealertrack (corrected)

I worked just about the expansion of my life. I’v been car carhop, worked a hot dog stand, been in radio/TV, a Target Manager, been the “car bidness” and several things in between. It looks like it’s all over


I don’t know if I will ever work again. The credit to cancer. The sorrow is with the me. 
I few days ago I had a long and open talk with Jonathan Herrera, my boss and friend with my current employer, DealerTrack which is a worldwide provider of stoftware solutions. Chances are that if you purchased a car you touched bases with something Dealertrack sold the dealer. I  worked 7 years for them and was home based, but my team was mostly in New York. 
I don’t don’t know that I will ever work again. 

With my daylysis and Chemo schedules the way they they and never knowing what will be a good day or bad for me, I just can’t commit to working my, even if I want to. My job is now defeating multiple myeloma

The post is a correction from Thursday, when fell asleep during Chemo and accidentally sent the post to “published “. I apologize. 

This post also touches on the finance of Cancer and I plan to dicuss it next time. 

So long Dealertrack 

I worked just about the expansion of my life. I’v been carhop, worked a hot dog stand, been in radio/TV, a Target Manager, i’m the “car bidness” and several things in between. It looks like it’s all over. 

I don’t know if I will ever work again. The credit to cancer. The sorrow is with the me. 

I few days ago I had a long and open talk with Jonathan Herrera, my boss and friend with my current employer, Dea

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Thinking of John MaCcain 

This is in no way whatsoever a ploy to open political dialogue.  It’s about cancer. John MaCcain, the  80 year old Republican Senator from Arizona,  recently joined the fight against this menacing disease. Only he knows the path he will choose against in this latest challenge in his life. 


MaCcain, has glioblastoma, one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors that is apparently much more aggressive and puts him in a greater risk for death, short term, than I face with Multiple Myeloma. From my standpoint cancer is cancer. The diagnosis for MaCcain was based on a biopsy of the tissue removed from his brain on Friday during surgery at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Despite the dreary numbers lining up against him MaCcain could beat the odds and live a still productive life.   I could lose my battle at any time. Cancer is Cancer. 

MaCcain has beat some great odds already in his is life as a captured Vietnam War veteran which included a stay in the horrific  Hanoi Hilton. 


This fight with cancer will obviously be a greater test for him but I have found that with a strong family background, good doctors, lots of friends, and PRAYERS that cancer can be challenged. 

Update on busy Wednesday 

My Wednesday started at 5am and concluded at about 5pm, which is a load for a cancer patient. 

I have bad news and good news (yes, I hate that phrase too). My oncologist did not have any news for me about the kidney biopsy from last week. He simply has not heard any news as yet, which was a real bummer. 

The good news, came as big surprise to Melinda and I, was Doctor Anderson canceled the Chemo treatment for the day and sent us home. That was a first for me, and since as last weeks bwas a scheduled Chemo as time off means that for the first time I could enjoy back to back weeks without Chemo. I’ll take it! Doctor Anderson said that my overall numbers continue to show inprovment, but that I looked tired. Amen to that. He also mentioned that based on my numbers it’s ok to take some time off because, “we’ve got Melanoma on the run”. That felt good to hear. 

He also scheduled a blood transfusion for today, which I have been wanting to some time because my hemoglobin level is very low and is leading to Amemia and dizziness when I stand which is a leading reason for a couple of recent falls I’ve had. The last transfusion I had was a couple of months ago and was a big help.