OK, so it’s been well over a month since my last post.
I do have a good excuse and it doesn’t involve either one of my dogs chewing up my cable modem.
Here it is: I’m still (successfully) recovering from my (third) battle against cancer.
And as promised, I would not turn this blog into another of those countless cancer blogs that dot the Internet landscape. Now don’t get me wrong. Those who write those cancer blogs have every right to do so. And perhaps there is an audience for it.
Some of you are interested in how difficult things have been for me since my diagnosis of a recurrence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in April and the four brutal rounds of chemo that followed, and the additional round of an even more brutal chemotherapy I received once I entered into a stem cell transplant program (just to clean up the microscopic bits of cancer hiding out somewhere in my body) at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
But I’m thinking that many of you are here to read what I’ve got to say about motorsports. There has been much to write about on that topic, but I’ve not had the energy to do much of anything since beginning a lengthy recovery from the stem cell transplant I received the day after my birthday (Sept 3).
My oncologist tells me a full recovery could take up to 90 days. I’ve had to accept that recovery is a slow train. And I’m used to living in a jet plane world. It is a struggle everyday to deal with the fatigue, something quite different than anything else I’ve experienced. Think of it this way: the mind is willing, the body is not.
So, enough about the cancer.
Before I go, I have one thing to say about recent (off track) events in motorsports.
Social media and its frequent Big Brother-like oversight by official eyes has claimed yet another victim. This time it was former F1 and current NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. Were his comments made on Twitter wrong? Insensitive? They certainly were not for public consumption and especially not by a NASCAR driver.
Veteran drivers know that comments frequently made in the hauler lounge must remain there. A good publicist also knows this. When dealing with a neophyte, the message that social media is a double-edged sword that can easily swoop down and destroy a sponsorship deal, a driver contract or worse needs to be delivered sooner than later. Apparently, Piquet never got the memo or maybe he never bothered to read it.
Thanks for stopping by.