Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm Not Dead Yet

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." -- Mark Twain

Life has been rough but I'm planning on sticking to it for a few more decades. I still have cancer. It's moved to my liver. The chemo is working but it leaves me sick, in pain, nauseous, tired, and with a constant bad taste in my mouth. And I'm bald. But I have friends and family supporting me all the way and I'll be whipping this stupid disease in 2010. One more operation and a few more chemo treatments.

I'll be working on making this blog work better and continue in my absence when I go to the hospital. I'm sorry if I've let any of you down. If you want to start a new blog you have my blessings and I will add a link to it in the side panel.

I hope things will improve soon and that I don't let you down in the future.

Love, Mike - your wayward host.

22 comments:

Lisa Graves said...

I can't believe you're apologizing for letting people down!!!! Are you kidding?
Get healthy, kick Cancer's ass, and get to Monday Artday when you can... GEEZ.

Love the red.

We've missed you.

Squirrel Girl said...

Glad you are back! Anyways.. I will delete the new blog so that you can continue. If you would like me to help you out when you are gone just add me as an admin again. Then once you are back kick me off!

mike r. baker said...

You're sweet, Squirrel Girl Bearuh. No, keep your blog. You never know.

And thank you.

pat said...

Love the new banner! And the Mark Twain quote on your post. Hang in there man...you've done a wonderful job with this blog and have no reason to apologize.

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello Mike, well I'm so pleased to hear your voice again. Congrats on your recovering recovery.

PS: Don't worry about the hair! I save thousands a year by not a) having to by hair conditioner b) never visiting hair dresssers!!!

But seriously, that's great news. We are all very glad to hear you are doing so well.

God Bless.

Tracy said...

Awww, Mike! You do not need to apologize for being a "bad host" as you put in your label! You kick that cancer's ass! Hugs to you...TRACY

josh pincus is crying said...

Apology accepted.
Don't let it happen again.

Kinga said...

Ah, great to hear you again, Mike. Do not worry about MAD; just get better.

amba said...

YEYYYY!!! :D hello Mike!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Mike...So glad to have you back and sounding like yourself! My prayers are with you in your recovery. Love the new header!

CJ said...

Glad to see you are back ---but first and foremost, Get Well!

I, too, liked the Twain quote, but then I have collected zillions of quotes over the decades, and Twain's are among my favorites, as evidenced by my use of them in conjunction with some of my art postings on this blog.

kim's collection of stuff said...

We will still create and be fine. Focus on getting better!

Sharon said...

I'm a fairly new member and love the new blog design. All my most positive thoughts and wishes are going out to you :)

k.h.whitaker said...

I'm so very proud of you Mike. You have the attitude it takes to beat the beast and you are in my prayers. We are all cheering you on so keep up the fight and we'll be here keeping the blog alive while you put your energy into getting well.

AtelierBrigitte said...

Great new design and I wish you all the strength you need to fight the cancer!

ValGalArt said...

oh honey! you probably never let anyone down in your whole life :-x
don't you worry your pretty head and i bet you look cute bald, the good thing is you have a nice head of hair and soon it will grow back! Please take good care and know that we all LOVE you :-x

life without novacaine said...

Hello Mike! You were on my mind when I woke up this morning. So glad to see your comment but so sad you thought to apologize. Don't think for one single second anyone has been let down... we are all so blessed by your presence and super talent. Best wishes, prayers and positive thoughts are all coming your way. Get better, get better, get better!

Julie said...

Oh, Mike! I was very worried about you. It's good to hear what's going on and I'll be doing some serious praying.

FrankenBarry said...

Cool new look for the Blog... love the little wacky, cartoony, retro-y mascot guys! I think it's high time we give you an award: "World's Toughest Illustrator" You're like the Timex of illustrators! Keep fightin' , Mike... glad you're back!

Pascal said...

All the best from me, great blog-changes!

psychopooch said...

I'm sure you look great bald :) my boyfriend is already jealous since he's been wanting me to shave my head for the longest.

But I can't believe you're apologizing! Just go and kick this cancer thing in the butt and get better soon.

mike r. baker said...

Thank you, everyone. Your good wishes mean the world to me.