The Anniversary of My Cancer

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About Michael Triplett

Michael Triplett is a journalist (and former lawyer) in Washington, D.C. He has written about everything from tax policy to criticizing fashion criticism to employment issues in the video game industry. This is his blog about his 48th year of life and here is how you can contact him.


  1. What a great piece. I almost didn’t click on it because I was afraid it would be depressing or maybe manipulative, but it succeeded in avoiding both traps.

  2. Breast cancer prevention is important for women to learn about, especially since breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women. The American Cancer Society’s web site reports that over two-hundred thousand women were diagnosed with this disease in 2006 and there are over two million women in the United States who have received treatment for breast cancer. With numbers this staggering, preventing cancer should be a priority for all women.

  3. Michael, thank you for sharing this. Although I don’t have cancer, I struggle with a couple of other life threatening conditions. When things like this happen, our mortality comes to surface and we think a lot more then we ever did before. Hang in there.

    Not sure why “airscreens” brought breast cancer into this but nonetheless, people need to be in tune with their health.

  4. I came across this looking for ideas (laugh) for celebrating a cancer anniversary. I didn’t go through this myself, but rather watched and stood by as my 5 year old son suffered through surgeries, radiation and chemo for a malignant brain tumor (medullobastoma).. and, I want to say thank you for telling it like it is.. and not glossing it over to make it sound better, or more glamourous for the sake of others. I’m so sorry you had to experince this.

  5. Carol the long winded says:

    Mike tragically lost hiis battle with cancer yesterday. A PREVENTABLE cancer – get your daughters AND sons vaccinated against HPV, please. No one need ever go through this again. Do it for Mike, a wonderful man, a truly GOOD man.


  1. [...] Triplett wrote about his treatment a while back. It’s a great column, rather funny in parts. My cancer is part of a growing “epidemic” of oral cancer unrelated to smoking and drinking. Instead, there is an increase—primarily in middle-aged, white men—of tongue and other mouth cancers connected to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV has traditionally been connected to cervical cancer in women, but there is growing evidence of the virus being a major risk factor for getting head and neck cancer. [...]

  2. [...] April, Michael wrote an outstanding column about his battle with an oral cancer unrelated to smoking and drinking. He had endured three [...]

  3. [...] April, Michael wrote an superb mainstay about his conflict with an verbal cancer separate to smoking as well as drinking. He had endured 3 [...]

  4. [...] April, Michael wrote an outstanding column about his battle with an oral cancer unrelated to smoking and drinking. He had endured three [...]

  5. [...] “This year, my 48th birthday will also mark the first anniversary of my tongue cancer diagnosis,” Triplett wrote on April 20. “Oh, and did I mention the anniversary of my boyfriend confirming he was taking a job out of the country for a year? Good times. [...]

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