I've known Derek for almost 2 years and listened to him on IHR for more than a year before I was invited to be a host on the show. He's got to be one of the most positive and clear-thinking people I know. The fact that he has some pretty severe cancer - you'd hardly know it to talk to him - makes everything about the world seem totally out of whack.
He's an avid blogger (at penmachine.com) and has been interviewed by the CBC TV and CBC Radio for his efforts to document his life online and preserve that record for future generations.
This is all so infuriating as I'm beginning to think that this is an extremely bad and poor taste re-run. A close friend of my family - someone for whom I had the utmost respect while growing up - passed away after his fight with cancer a while back. He had such a magnetic, happy personality about him. There was always a twinkle in his eye and you would never leave his presence without a laugh and a smile. It was a very, very sad day for me when I learned that he wasn't with us anymore.
Why does this disease always seem to affect those who make positive impacts on lives? Not that I'd wish to inflict pain on anyone at all, but when it comes down to "emotional analysis" ... it all seems so unfair!
Derek has been fighting this for a long time, with some successes and some drawbacks as well. I wish there was something I could do to erase his burden or at least shoulder a bit of it. He's been going through many different treatments and operations that have thrown his body out of whack. I can't even begin to imagine what he, and his family are going through
What I do know is that he's still got a positive attitude while fighting this damned disease with everything he's got.
If I were a bettin' man, I'd be all in on Derek.