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I Dedicated My Latest Book To The Memory Of ‘Patrice Bourgeois’ Who Died Of Cancer Last Year.

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She died under tragic circumstances — just over a year ago.

She was being treated for bladder cancer & she was led to believe that she was cancer-free. That was the last she told ANY OF US.

She died alone! None of us, family or friends, knew!

I found out, 4-months later, when I called the police & requested a ‘Wellness Check’.

She had died from brain cancer!

That might explain, some.

I wanted to do SOMETHING. She was on her own & died alone.

If she had been alive she would have helped proof this book. She would have written a review.

She was a good, genuine friend. An ALLY.

A father was a dear & valued friend too. A mentor. I met her through him.

This was the LEAST I could do.



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“Peripheral Neuropathy Due To Chemotherapy” — Patrice Bourgeois, My Former Workmate, Finds Out.

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Peripheral neuropathy — and with that possibly Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) — can be a not-widely-disclosed side effect of chemotherapy.

Patrice, my former colleague at CASE Communications, is finding this out the hard way, to her cost and chagrin. This is not good. CPS, as you may know, is debilitating and has no cure.

Not sure what can be done about this. It is not like you can refuse chemotherapy if you have cancer. It appears that certain chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system and once anything messes up the nervous system you run the risk of getting CPS. That is, alas, well known — at least of late.

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Short-Sleeved Cricket Sweater Knitted For Me By My Former Workmate Patrice Bourgeois During Her Cancer Treatment.

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Earlier this year as Patrice was getting ready for her ‘3-months’ of cancer treatment she did a Facebook post asking if anybody wanted anything knitted since she had run out of ‘projects’ and ‘ideas’ and she wanted to have something to knit in the coming months.

I told her that I did not have any cricket sweaters that fitted and would love one in my ol’ Ananda College (Colombo, Sri Lanka) colors of maroon and gold. Patrice went to work, as she is wont, researching patterns, colors, wool types, needles etc. etc.

Over the months she gave all of us pithy updates on the progress of this sweater. It took her slightly longer than she had expected. But, it was always going to be for Fall 2017 in New Hampshire.

It arrived today — in the nick of time. The temperature is 58°F as I write this post.

It fits beautifully and all she requested from me was a measurement of my chest size.

I am impressed, amazed and very grateful.

Thank YOU, Patrice.

I will wear this with pride and joy in the months to come. She informed me that it is washable. That is good. I do spill stuff.

So more pictures to come.


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A New Kind Of Postal — US Postal Worker Thinks ‘MD’ Refers to Minnesota!

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I really am not sure what to make of this. Whether it was sad or funny. But, it sure was perplexing when you happen to be someone who wasn’t born here.

Happened this Wednesday as we were recovering from the Blizzard of 2017.

I needed to get a proof copy of my latest book to my latest proofreader, my former colleague at CASE Communications, Patrice Bourgeois. So, I made it down to a local post office and I will NOT mention which one since I want to spare blushes and because bar one exception, I am very fond of all the local postal workers across multiple post offices.

The book was going to Glen Burnie, a suburb of Baltimore.

I was sending it Priority Mail, signature guarantee etc. etc.

So, the USPS postal worker had to enter the address into their ‘Point of Sale’ computer system. She was typing it in slowly. When she got to ‘Glen Burnie’ just for the sake of making conversation I asked her do you know where that is.

She said “no”, and then said: “MD … so it must be in Minnesota”!

I was taken back.

I politely pointed out that there is NO ‘D’, at all, at all in ‘Minnesota’ (remembering that when I came to live in Maryland, in 1985, I had thought that the State abbreviation was ‘MA’).

She then said she did NOT know.

Wow.

I know there is a rigorous entrance exam to get into the USPS and they do get some training.

Plus, they do teach you the States in school.

Yes, it is true that school for her would have been some time ago. She is not as old as I, but she is not in her 20s.

I gently pointed out: Maryland, Maryland.

Ah!, was what I got.

I am puzzled. I feel BAD for her. She is very nice lady. Very kind. Maybe she had just checked out for the afternoon.

Never mind. NO HARM DONE. The computer knew exactly where MD was and the book was delivered to Patrice this noon, just as promised.


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Journey Through Bladder Cancer Treatment By My Former Colleague Patrice Bourgeois Leeds.

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Patrice and I worked at CASE Communications, in Columbia, Maryland, 31-year ago. Her Dad worked for CASE too — and I worked with him for over a year before Patrice joined the crew. Her Dad, about the same age as my Adoptive Father, was my first mentor in the U.S. and a very good and dependable friend. He and I, I from the Britain and he from the U.S., were part of the original CASE U.S.A management team — CASE, a market-leading U.K. company having bought the U.S. Rixon Corporation to get a foothold in the U.S. Patrice was the Product Manager for Multiplexers. I was the Director of Marketing for Multiplexers. So she controlled my destiny. Her Dad was the Directing Marketing for Distributor Sales. He helped me sell through the ‘channels’ as we called it. So these two, daughter and dad, played a huge hand in my fortunes and income. They never let me down. A rarity at CASE.

 I had lost touch with Patrice over the years, and alas Dad is no longer with us.

Just over a year ago, the unexpected death of two of our other colleagues, Don & Sandy Pyle, in that famous Christmas-tree fire of a multi-million dollar mansion, brought a few of us together — over social media.

I only found out that Patrice had cancer around Christmas. She kept it to herself until she decided she was not going to have the surgery.

She had asked me about doing a blog and I urged her to do so — and, of course, suggested WordPress.

So, we now have a blog.

I am a great believer that stories like this HAVE to be told. It is good for all. Therapeutic to write and inspirational to others. Plus, Patrice can write — and write well.

Patrice has to get better and not get too tired during the treatment because I have twisted her arm to proof my books. She is good with anything to do with words.

So, bookmark her blog. Wish her well. And follow her on her journey.


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Stylish, Versatile $4 Bookends To Suit Any Decor And Book Size.

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Posted by my friend and ex-colleague Patrice Bourgeois. I was blown away. So clever. We are always looking for bookends. These will work fine. And the price is right.

Patrice, I and her father all worked at (the infamous) Case Communications, in Columbia, Maryland in the mid-1980s. I was the Director of Marketing for ‘Multiplexers’ and Patrice was the Product Manager for that Product line. So my life was in her hands. Her father was also a Director of Marketing — for OEM Sales Channels. He and I made a lot of sales calls together. He was a bit older than I and hugely experienced and savvy. I learned a lot from him. He was the first person to try and teach me options — as in stock and commodity options. It was all Greek to me then. He would be so happy if he could see me now.

Clever and talented family. 


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