The Movie Diary

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March 8, 2017

Present and accounted for

By Dom Cioffi

Does the name Andy Whitfield ring a bell? Unless you’re 35 or younger and a frequent attendee at Comic-Con, probably not. Born in Wales in 1971, Whitfield initially studied to become an engineer, and at the age of 28, moved to Sydney,…

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March 1, 2017

Who are you?

By Dom Cioffi

Prior to the beginning of August 2016, I knew exactly who I was. I had 50 years on this earth to try things out to see where I fit in. I had settled into life, my job, my family, my hobbies. I…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…