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It’s been a year

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2015 in Blog | 10 comments

It’s been a year

One year ago today Mike had to go. He didn’t want to. But he did, with courage and humor and dignity. And he left beautiful memories, friends, family, and an amazing legacy. Mike was full of energy, hope, laughter, warmth, adventure, optimism, pride, gratitude and forward momentum at all times. He was brave. He was also opinionated, passionate, sometimes judgmental and none too patient. He had incredible grit and perseverance. He was fun, hard to keep up with (even when he felt horrible) and not always easy (regardless of how he was...

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Celebration Service February 15, 2:30 PM

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

Celebration Service February 15, 2:30 PM

Friends & Family, We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, February 15th at 2:30pm as we celebrate Mike at The United Methodist Church 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos Hills, CA. MAP For those who cannot physically attend, the service will be streamed live. (We know, only in Silicon Valley, right?) LIVE STREAMING INFO SITE www.laumc.org HOME PAGE Click on the box located on the right hand side that states “Watch live” Look for a box that states LAUMC Live! and wait for the service to begin at 2:30pm. At this...

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Celebration Service for Mike Dougherty

Posted by on Jan 28th, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Celebration Service for Mike Dougherty

JANUARY 12, 1965 – JANUARY 21, 2014 A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm United Methodist Church 655 Magdalena Avenue Los Altos Hills, CA In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mike’s honor to The Bush School, Lower School Music Program 3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98112 Donations may be mailed to the address above or made online on the Bush School Website The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation P.O. Box 442 Needham, MA 02494 Donations may mailed to...

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Mike

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2014 in Blog | 18 comments

Mike

On November 2, Mike wrote in his blog, “Some day soon I expect to do something great.” He was right. On Tuesday, January 21, Mike won. He ended his 8-year fight with cancer and left us a life lived with passion, incomparable courage, unending optimism, love, and laughter to the very last minute. But not before he finished a book, Inspired many, taught us all a thing or two Told his wife all that needs to be told and squeezed a lifetime full of love into his daughter’s hand. No stone unturned, no treatment untried He didn’t...

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Happy New Year…

Posted by on Dec 31st, 2013 in Blog | 18 comments

Happy New Year…

Hi everyone, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  As Mike has stated in many blog updates, love your kids and be thankful for every day we have here on earth. Mike hasn’t felt well enough to update the blog for awhile so Jen asked me to do a quick post.  Mike has spent the past 2 weeks in Seattle’s Swedish First Hill ICU.  He was admitted on Monday December 16th due abdominal pain, edema and low oxygen saturation.  His vitals now are more stable than when he was first admitted.  As he fights to build back his strength and...

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By the hair of my chinny chin chin…

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2013 in Blog | 13 comments

By the hair of my chinny chin chin…

Phew…fortunately you didn’t get the boilerplate “so long, farewell” blog update from me. But, to be brutally honest, it almost was. Just when you think you might have a beat on this ugly thing called cancer, it can decide to take control again and throw you into its abyss. To make a long story short, a couple of weeks ago, the night of 10/17 to be exact, I pulled the typical “Mike Dougherty dumb dumb move.” Backing up a little, for the last 3 months, I have needed to sleep with oxygen at night, which has...

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Here we go chemo, here we go…

Posted by on Oct 16th, 2013 in Blog | 21 comments

Here we go chemo, here we go…

When I walked into 1221 Madison Street, I remembered the last time I did something like this was 7 years ago at Stanford.  Seven years ago, I had entered the world of a chemotherapy patient while conveying the familiar IV of too many card-carrying members everywhere.  Seven years ago, we didn’t have much luck, but this time I am hoping for a better outcome. My dad has been in town for a few days, and he dropped me off raring to go on Monday morning.  After a quick blood test, they wheeled me in, and just a mere 3 hours later, we were done...

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A best friend…

Posted by on Sep 27th, 2013 in Blog | 6 comments

A best friend…

Thank goodness that I clicked onto Facebook yesterday. By doing so I was reminded that my best friend, Matt McCormick had his birthday. We met some 43 years ago, in the first grade. Mrs. Harper was our teacher’s name, and the bond she nurtured in us would only get stronger. We started out getting hit by a car riding double, and man did that ever get us into trouble. We were banned from ever being in the same class again. A very smart move by the administration at hand. We got back together in junior high, and man was that a mistake from way...

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Muhammed Ali…

Posted by on Sep 9th, 2013 in Blog | 23 comments

Muhammed Ali…

It looks like we have a new challenge. The back pain I’ve been having is most likely from a tumor on the bone, which is certainly not a good thing, but it’s not the worst thing in the world either. Worse would have been to have more tumors that have grown larger in the lungs. And that wasn’t the case (there was a little bit of growth in the lungs but no new tumors; back to almost like it used to be on a three month basis). The tumor in the bone needs to be looked at closer to diagnose, so next week I will be doing a bone...

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Brocation 1…

Posted by on Sep 3rd, 2013 in Blog | 19 comments

Brocation 1…

What is a “brocation?” I will define it as when 5 of your best friends come to stay with you and make you feel better for a couple of nights when you are not feeling so good. As I have expressed many times, I am lucky that I have such a great group of friends of which I can draw upon to help me through this cancer fight. I was very emotional this morning as I said goodbye to my friend William who has been with me since last Wednesday (when Jen and Chart left for CA).     Not only has Will been by my side since Wednesday, he...

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