Like pre-race jitters, scanxiety is a reference to the anxious thoughts which come flooding thru the cancer patient who is prepping for his or her next scan. For me, that comes in the… Continue reading

Stand Firm With Lynda Gulliver Against Cancer

A friend from church, Lynda Gulliver is a hard-working nurse and single mother of 3. Please take a moment to read her story and watch her video linked here at gofundme. If you… Continue reading


Glorifying What is it that makes running the most elegant and at the same time the most glorious of sports? How can it be that the simplest act of striding one foot and… Continue reading

How about a distraction? Read my new fantasy book: King Zaney!

In these days of brain cancer and covid19, here’s a trip into the chivalrous make-believe land of Zania, where perfect strawberries are the currency of the day – and the way to everlasting… Continue reading

A Letter of Thanksgiving and Encouragement To You, Our Friends and Family

A Letter of Thanksgiving and Encouragement To You, Our Friends and Family Today is a Sunday in January, 2018 impossibly, and I write to you from my favorite writing spot – our bedroom.… Continue reading

Patrick Update #6 (extended version)

Patrick Update #6 (extended version) Dear family and friends, Jana, Lucy, Anja & I want to thank you so much for your continued prayers, meals, donations, thoughts, love and shared perseverance. This has… Continue reading

Patrick Update #6

  Patrick Update #6 (condensed version) Hi family and Friends! Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Anja, Lucy, Jana and I are so grateful for each of you!! It… Continue reading

Uncle Larry Kokkonen – a remembrance

  Our Uncle Larry was something special. Someone special. He was truly larger than life. I first met him nearly 20 years ago at Jana’s Medical School graduation from Georgetown, and I was… Continue reading

Halfway, Hope & “The Task”

Hello again Friends & Family, Jana and I hope and pray that you are well, and we give thanks for you! Truly, we are all in a similar race together (though my brain… Continue reading

Running Onward… Pat & Jana Health Update #5

Hi Friends and Family — Here’s our latest update. We are now in the midst of treatment phase. I started chemo and radiation a week ago yesterday, and so we are 8 days… Continue reading