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Jim Watson
Portland, Maine
I’m a customer experience change agent. I help organizations improve their business results by improving the way they engage with customers through marketing, sales, customer service and support. To find out more, visit www.jlwatsonconsulting.com
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Dear Readers, Friends, and Supporters, It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved father, husband, and author of this blog, Jim Watson, on October 2, 2020. As many of you may be aware from his last few blog posts, Jim’s cancer metastasized aggressively in recent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Where We Left Off The last post described the upper-body imaging process, and what we saw in the Brain MRI, Shoulder X-Rays, and Back MRI. What the post didn't do, was drag you through the radiation treatment. That's what we'll do here. But let me warn you - it's not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Hey, Greg - thanks for correctly interpreting my typo: I typed: "And if you're not out on the field fighting the battle, you CAN win the battle." "CAN" should have been "CAN'T" to read as follows: "And if you're not out on the field fighting the battle, you can't win the battle." Any by the way, you're doing plenty to help my cause by stopping by this blog each week, reading my musings, and leaving a thoughtful comment. I appreciate that, in addition to your thoughts and prayers. Onward! JW
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2020 on Beaches, Barbecues & MRI's at Stage 4 Thinking
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Summer weekends are normally spent relaxing on beaches or around backyard barbecues. Hopefully that was the case for most of you. No so for M.A. and me, especially during the month of July. We spent much of that leisure time at the MRI, CT and X-Ray imaging machines at Maine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Hi Holly, I was fortunate to learn early on that the will to be the butt of a joke to keep the family smiling was as much of a dad's role as changing dirty motor oil or dirty diapers. Then Jiffy Lube came to town, and the chidren became fully potty-trained. That coincided with their ability to talk and make fun of their father, so every has worked out since. Would like to get together, either by Zoom (to allow for those who've drifted out of NE), or in some outdoor space now reserved for restaurants in one of Portland's many recently closed streets. Hey, since he's not in this convo, let's assign the organization to Mr. Funk, assuming he'll be needing a fix to fill the void that would have been "Funk-fest" Fifth annual organization. Again regards to Don again. And thanks for the good vibes. Best, JW
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Anxiety can get in the way of a good time. Because we let it. When Happy Hour isn't Happy Have you ever been to a happy hour and not felt happy? You're standing among friends with beverages in hand on a sunny outdoor deck. The right music is playing in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Thank you, Holly. Having the family together is indeed a blessing. Even if the gatherings are frequently "Let's-make-fun-of-Dad" events, I wouldn't trade them for anything. Thanks again, and hoping we can all get together soon. Regards to Don. Best, Jim
Thanks Greg- glad you enjoy the reading. I'm finding a comparable level of joy in the writing. Best, JW
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About 17 years ago, I planned a weekend family camping trip, but I didn't check the weather forecast. Fortunately, M.A. did. As I packed the kayaks, Frisbees and other outdoor essentials, M.A. presciently packed inside-the-tent games, playing cards, and food that didn't require cooking. Friday night anticipation After pitching the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
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Merci, Jerome. RE: Baseball rules - we will go to another Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston, when I am healthy, and when you are back in Boston. We will have a couple IPA's, and review the rules in detail. ;-) Best, Jim
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2020 on Friday Afternoon Biopsy at Stage 4 Thinking
Greg, pre-Covid, I was getting my hair cut every 2-3 weeks. It was that "high-and-tight" style that prompted strangers to ask me if I was a State Trooper. But even with the H&T, I was still using shampoo ever day. Not just a dab, but a handful, due to that stubborn muscle memory from the days when I had an afro, which required plenty of cleaning product. In fact, if you can find a copy of the SMC Defender "Meet Sheet" from our freshman year, you'll understand the reference. So here's to good hair, and better cocktails! Thanks, JW
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2020 on Friday Afternoon Biopsy at Stage 4 Thinking
Friday afternoon, I was lying on my back as a radiologist inserted a probe beneath my rib cage and into my liver. With the probe firmly in place, he inserted another instrument inside it that would allow him to scrape a small sample of a tumor, and the surrounding healthy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Thank you, Michael. I'll accept "wonderfully written" and "poignant" with alacrity any day! Knowing that people like you are thinking about me is what keeps me going, so thanks again. - JW PS - Coincidentally, the two comments on this post were both typed on keyboards in the Salt Lake City area, approximately 2,463 miles from my keyboard in Portland, Maine.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2020 on Another Turn in the Road at Stage 4 Thinking
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We've been riding this roller coaster for more than five years, and it's time to get off. I don't mean "get off for good." No, we can't control that. That's largely in the hands of medical science, biological chance and spiritual forces. Hitting the Pause Button I'm talking about taking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Have you ever planned a road trip that didn't meet your expectations of joy and adventure, because of sudden changes to your travel plan? Changes can spoil the experience - or not - depending on your viewpoint. You can fixate on where you're going, or you can fixate on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Thanks Greg! We'll be changing up the treatment, based on this yesterday's CT scan, which means... Another blog post in the next few days, with an update. Thanks again for checking in. JW
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2020 on Waiting in Limbo - or not. at Stage 4 Thinking
Hi Tom, Thanks for validating the story. Without your vivid memory, I would doubt mine. Cheers, now that we have elevators.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2020 on It's ok to be Vulnerable at Stage 4 Thinking
Thanks for checking in, Tom. Appreciate your positive thoughts, and in particular, our virtual porch party yesterday. Best, JW
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2020 on Waiting in Limbo - or not. at Stage 4 Thinking
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Have you ever drained a bathtub, only to have it mysteriously fill up again so that you'd have to drain it again, before it fills up again, and before you drain it again? Wouldn't you want to know what's causing the tub to keep filling up? In the May 22... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
Thanks Greg,and well-said! Our lives are full of marathons of many types, and knowing that friends are there to support us is indeed what keeps us going. (You recall correctly - perhaps it was knowing that dozens of friends and strangers would be there at 2am to support the full consumption of that keg - to make it an easier carry on the way downstairs - is what refueled the tank!) Onward, JW
Toggle Commented May 26, 2020 on It's ok to be Vulnerable at Stage 4 Thinking
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About 38 years ago, I volunteered to carry a keg of Genesee Cream Ale up three flights of stairs, and down the hall to a friend's apartment. My friend had a broken leg, so carrying the keg for him felt like the natural thing to do. Hauling the keg up... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
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Say, Hey! It's May! This is the month when it's finally safe to put the snow shovel away for the summer. This is the month when all the flowers and trees get into full bloom. This is the month when people who wear shorts, regularly wear shorts. This is the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
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Our first cycle of chemoimmunotherapy is complete. Every third Monday from January 20 through March 23, I spent a few hours in a recliner, hooked up to an IV machine that pumped drugs into my body. The purpose of the drugs is to kill the cancer cells without killing (too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
COVID is scary because there is no cure. And while there is no known cure for cancer, chemo therapy and other drugs have proven statistically reliable to combat, and in many cases, rid the body of cancer. We don't have that with COVID, and that's what's frightening. As we approach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking
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Last week, in a word, sucked. Living in the COVID-19 World Most of us have been in lock-down mode. Businesses have closed and people have lost their livelihoods. I've tried to remain apolitical in this blog, but every time I watch clips of the daily briefing from the White House,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Stage 4 Thinking