Look Back, But Move Ahead…

Quotes and Notes #337, October 7

Everything was beautiful.

Everything was beautiful.

“If you’re always looking back at what you’ve lost, you’ll never discover the treasure that lies just up ahead.”—J.E.B. Spredemann, “Learning to Love – Saul’s Story”—

I say to myself, “Maybe if I had not…I wouldn’t have gotten the cancer.” I say to myself, “Maybe if I had…it wouldn’t have taken my voice.” I know that it is useless to think such thoughts, but they just sneak up on me sometimes. I recognize the thoughts when they show up now and I turn them around.

I say to myself, “Wow, it is so much better to have been diagnosed with cancer now than it would have been forty years ago. I say to myself, “The people who operated on me, treated the recurring tumors, and gave me an artificial voice were wonderfully dedicated and good at their jobs.”

After those thoughts finish their dueling, I can look ahead at the wonders of the world, of life, of being able to watch a young granddaughter grow, and to love and adventure.

And I will share a smile with everyone I pass along the way
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”


Quotes and Notes #129, March 12

“I laughed and cried and then reread it. I wish everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer had the chance to read this book. Loved it. Thank you John for being such an inspiration to me.”–Wanda Tillman

At a dinner one night, Lee Walburn said, “John, you may or may not sell a lot of books, but the real thing to consider is that there is a chance that somewhere you will help someone.” This statement has—and always will—stayed with me. I have observed Wanda from afar (as a face book friend) as she has progressed from fearfully and tearfully facing cancer treatments to calmly, confidently, and boldly working her way through the process of cancer treatments.

As your questions get answered, your fears subside.

It occurs to me that there are many, many ways to share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days”

"Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

Keep on Waggin’ That Tail

Quotes and Notes #109, February 20

I talked with an old farmer yesterday on a cold afternoon. His boxwoods need pruning. I say that he was old—he looked to be my age—around 70 more or less.


Any time I have a conversation with someone, the button on my throat that I push when I want to talk allows the word “cancer” to float around in the air like a leaf on the wind. Sometimes it is mentioned and sometimes not. (Cancer,” that is.)

I could tell that he was well-to-do because of his surroundings. I wouldn’t have made that judgment just looking at his clothes. He was a working man. He asked me where I gotmy treatment, I replied, “Emory.” He smiled, “They do a good job at Emory. I go there a lot.”

I asked about his cancer and he told me it had started in his kidney and progressed to a couple of other parts of his body. He said that it was not curable but the doctors had slowed it down and he would “just live with it.”

“How does it make you feel?” I asked.

“Well,” he said, “I guess I’m happy with my life. I should have been gone some time ago.” He paused with a smile on his face.

“I’m just like an old cur dawg.” He continued, If I was a purebred I’d be dead by now. I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

And there’s my quote for the day, “I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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