The Movie Diary

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…

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,…

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…

The Movie Diary
August 24, 2016

Acting out

By Dom Cioffi In the ensuing weeks since my unexpected cancer diagnosis, I have been adrift in interesting emotions. The first emotion I experienced was shock, which, in hindsight, is a natural and expected response. I don’t think anyone who is told they have cancer…

The Movie Diary
August 18, 2016

Food for thought

By Dom Cioffi Two weeks ago I had a conversation that was ripped straight from a movie script. While sitting in a chair at the doctor’s office, I listened intently as I was told that I had cancer. Of course, I had walked into this…

August 10, 2016

A blessing in disguise

By Dom Cioffi A couple weeks ago I chronicled my battle with Salmonella poisoning. It was a horrific week-long event that affected my entire body. As I was in the throes of the infection, I told myself several times that when I got better, I…

The Movie Diary
August 3, 2016

Rough around the edges

By Dom Cioffi

I knew as soon as I hauled my son’s travel trunk into the cabin that things in the summer camp world had changed dramatically. I had no sooner made it through the door when my senses picked up an oddly refreshing pine…

The Movie Diary
July 28, 2016

Take it from the top

By Dom Cioffi

When I was a kid, I never had an issue with heights. In fact, heights fascinated me.

I think I first became enamored with heights when I started climbing trees. My childhood home had several wonderful trees that offered a multitude of…