Today isn’t just December 5, 2,019 for me. It’s the 1-year anniversary of major surgery I underwent to remove a cancerous tumor from my bladder at Cleveland Clinic. Looking back, if I had been aware of how serious the procedure was going to be I wouldn’t have been nearly so confident as I was that I’d be back to normal and back on the job in no time at all. I had scheduled a remote broadcast for that afternoon at Knippen Chrysler for their Delphos Community Christmas project that Billy Elvis was gracious enough to do for me when surgery was scheduled for that Wednesday. With surgery scheduled at 7:00 a.m. I’d told him to expect a phone call update from me during the broadcast.Silly Silly Me! When I woke up about 15 hours after the start of the surgery I was in no position to know much more than my name and how to push the button on my pain pump. I had more tubes in me than an antique radio and the hospital recovery process took 7 full days followed by a couple more weeks of recovery at home. Through it all I was lucky enough to have the world’s best nurse, my wife Kathy, to nurse me back to health and help me to cope with the life-changes that come when they take out your bladder prostate and a couple of dozen lymph nodes to greatly improve my long-term prognosis. The road since surgery-day hasn’t always been smooth but I do find myself more appreciative of family friends and co-workers than I guess I was before and I’ve appreciated more times with family vacation and fun since then too. I was born an optimist so I have no reason to believe that I have anything ahead of me but a long life but I hope I won’t lose the notion that every day is a gift. That’s the way I see it.