The Movie Diary

Getting the good word
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February 22, 2017

Getting the good word

By Dom Cioffi

Just about seven months ago, an ear, nose and throat specialist slid a tiny camera down my esophagus to investigate a persistent sore throat. Within less than a minute he pulled it out and began the one conversation that no one wants…

Lost in La La Land
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February 15, 2017

Lost in La La Land

By Dom Cioffi

Back in the late 1950s, Dr. Paul Janssen and his team of scientists at Janssen Pharmaceuticals first started synthesizing a new drug for pain management. The extremely potent, synthetic opioid they developed was known for its rapid onset and short duration of…

Hello! Hey, it’s been a while
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February 8, 2017

Hello! Hey, it’s been a while

By Dom Cioffi

My last column was nearly four months ago. That was October and at the time, I could barely focus enough to write a single sentence. While the powerful drugs I was taking were alleviating the excruciating pain that was growing inside of…

Column
October 12, 2016

Riding the storm out

By Dom Cioffi After I sent in last week’s column for publication, I looked at my mother and commented that I didn’t think I was going to have much more to say. After all, for the past two months I had done nothing but chronicle…

Column
October 5, 2016

Digging in deep

By Dom Cioffi My health itinerary said I was meeting with a counselor of some sort. At this point in the process I do not question the appointments that the Mayo Clinic sets up for me. They have been a marvel of efficiency and expertise…

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September 28, 2016

Getting your bell rung

By Dom Cioffi In the waiting room outside the lab where I receive my daily radiation treatments for cancer, hangs a nondescript gold bell about the size of a large grapefruit. It is mounted on the wall via a small wooden plaque with a loose…

Column
September 21, 2016

It’s go-time

By Dom Cioffi After nearly two months of appointments, tests, consultations, research, traveling, planning and discussions, I am now sitting at the forefront of my cancer treatment. I have relocated to Florida, lined up a remarkable staff of health care professionals, navigated three preparatory surgeries,…

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September 14, 2016

On your mark, get set…

By Dom Cioffi The second phase in my cancer journey is officially complete. The first phase involved my diagnosis and subsequent revelation to friends and family, while the second phase has been the completion of a series of procedures to ready my body for the…

The Movie Diary
September 7, 2016

Hurdling through life

By Dom Cioffi I suppose the navigation of a cancer diagnosis involves countless hurdles. In that regard, I believe I have successfully traversed a couple early ones. The first hurdle for anyone diagnosed with cancer involves the revelation. There’s no doubt that telling people, especially…

The Movie Diary
August 31, 2016

War is hell

By Dom Cioffi As frequent readers of this column know, my reviews tend to be more “diary” than “movie.” I succumbed to this approach years ago when I realized my ramblings about life had a lot more substance than most of the films I was…