Saturday, December 25, 2021


After consultations with my oncologists and three surgeons, my medical team has recommended that I proceed with cyftecmy and urinary surgery.I will spare you the details but suffice it is to say that it is major surgery that will require an extensive hospitilization and rehabilation. Recently I spoke to a member of my ostomy group who has had a similar surgery to the above.He maintasins that he enjoys a high quality of life.I was verfy much heartened by yhis news. As we celebrate the holiday season and the New Year,I remain optimistic that my life will continue and I will be able to practise my craft,interact with my family and friends,and experience the wonders of life. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you.May 2020 be a year filled with good health,happiness, inner peace and a return to normalcy. I thank you for the privilege of allowing me to assist you.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021


I learned early last week the noodule located on the prostate is a metastasis of the orginal colon-rectal cancer I had 5 years ago. All the Doctors were totatly surprised by this most unusual occurence. Early indications are that the lesion is localized.I have been re-referred to my original oncology team. Initially devastatested by this unexpected development I have managed to beat off feelings of despair, and thoughts of my immediate demise, with optimism that this second battle with cancer will be won with determination,faith,communal support, and the help of my excellent health team. I am trying to maintain a normal work schedule, my daily walks, and some socialization ,given the limits imposed by Co-Void restrictions. On a more positive note I was able to receive my third dose of Pfizer and thus feel better protected as I enter hospitals on a regular basis. After consultations with my oncology team I will know more regarding treatment plans. I remain hopeful,alive,willing and able to engage the life I have been given.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


THe weather,damp.rainy,and cold penetrating my body,matching my mood today, as I wrestle with the hand I am dealt. . Sept/2021-afterwaiting 1 year, because of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic currently playing out in Canada, I go for a PET scan which will ultimately predict my future. The test,the most sophisticated scan avalable for cancer screening, was necesitated by a series of abnormal blood tests. During the screening, I encounter problems emptying my bladder, which is necessary to get a clear picture.In their need for haste,there are only 2 active PET scans in Ontario, I am given Latix, a diuretic to encourage me to urinate. It works and the test is completed. One week latter I learn via My Chart, a digital file attached to the hospital, that I am cancer free but there is some "activity" near the prostate that needs to be further investigated. Approximately 2 weeks later I find myself in the Emergency Department at my nearby teaching hospital. Despite a week of antibiotics I cannot urinate.After an reasonable wait(3hours) I am seen and a catheter inserted thereby releasing 2 litres of liquid waste. Subsequently I request an appointment with the urology surgeon I had 5 years ago.HIs nurse says he is not taking new patients.I implore,beg,plea for him to see me.Out of the kindness of his heart he agrees. When I see him I tell him he is a real mentsch(honourable man.) During the past 5 years I have been closely monitored following my bout with colon-rectal cancer.THis past year, the blood test which is a marker for colon-rectal cancer has been elevated and the Doctors were unable to find out why? The answer seems clear now. Next week I meet with the urology surgeon to discuss my test results,diagnosis and treatment options. At this juncture I need more information. At this stage I am in a waiting period.As is my ways, I seek information from a prominent retired urology surgeon, who is also a close friend of my sister.He explains my options,possible diagnosis,and treatment plan in great details. He has the patience of a saint.I am indeed fortunate to have access to such well informed sources. I now have the information I need to ask the correct questions and to feel more in control of my life.Emotionally I oscilate between feelings of despair and hopefulness.I am in the middle of a process, whose outcome is uncertain.What I fear are further limitations, Who would have thought I would be tested again. Clearly G-d thinks I am made of the right stuff to be able to handle this crisis. I remain optomistic,hopeful awaiting the results of my biopsy.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Gratitude To Our Amazing COVID-19 Health Care Workers

As a practising clinical psychologist and senior citizen, I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to all the health care workers who have worked so hard to keep us safe.In particular, I want to express my thanks to our pharmacists,who have demonstrated compassion, professionalism,and calmness in dealing with the recent demand for CoVID-19 vaccinations. Recently I became eligible for my second dose of vaccine. Efforts to access the provincial booking line proved frustrating and futile.This is where the pharmacists stepped into the abyss and saved the day. In my particular case,I was able to obtain my second dose at my local pharamacy, 48 hours after my initial contact.Subsequently I have received numerous offers of vaccines from other pharamacys in the area. Thank you to all the pharmacists who have done double duty during this pandemic.In the language of my forefathers, you have performed a real "mitzvah'(blessing) and society owes you a great deal of gratitude and thanks. Dr.David Nozick