Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A personal note from the author

By Karl Bremer

Ripple in Stillwater was never meant to be a personal blog, but I need to steer into that territory for a moment.

Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Tomorrow I start chemotherapy to try to destroy it. I’ve fought a lot of battles in my life and beaten some long odds. None of them have ever been life-threatening, though, so at this point, they all seem rather inconsequential.

This one’s for real, and I’m going to need all the energy I can muster to beat it. Consequently, you may see a little reduction in flow here at Ripple in Stillwater. I’ll be recycling some old material to keep you entertained in the meantime.

Thanks for your understanding as we work our way through these troubled waters.


  1. Though we are on very opposite sides of the political spectrum, we share a common enemy: cancer. I am a 15-year ovarian cancer survivor (given 60% chance to live when diagnosed). I have a dear friend who was diagnosed 5 years ago with pancreatic cancer. He's clear of any today and beat the odds twice (colon cancer in his 20s).

    I wish you all the best, and your fighting spirit with supportive friends and family will be of supreme help in your battle. Be well and fight like hell.

    Nancy LaRoche
    Contributor at True North

  2. good luck! I enjoy your work

  3. Karl,

    Wishing you the very best in the voyage no one wants to take.

    May the waters be calm for you, whichever way they blow.

    And that's the horror.

    We never know.

    Sarah Janecek

  4. My friend, you are in my thoughts daily. Stay focused and do what you're told! Love you and your politics! See you soon.

  5. Good luck, keep thinking positively. Sincere wishes for your successful recovery.

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