Finding solace during the pandemic

While cutting the grass, I thought about the massive effort underway worldwide. A coordinated effort to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and rid the world of the virus.

Front Line Workers

I’m incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of our healthcare professionals. And all the essential workers. Including researchers, first responders, transit operators, sanitation teams, grocery store clerks, pharmacy staff, mail carriers, truck drivers, and journalists. And many others on the front line.

I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for everyone risking their health for the greater good. That includes my two daughters, who both work in supermarkets. And my son, who works in a care home as a healthcare worker. Seeing essential workers in action is a heartwarming reminder of their overwhelming dedication and commitment to their craft. It gives me great comfort during the pandemic knowing front-line workers are keeping essential services up and running. All while implementing safety protocols for the care and protection of us all. A true sign of working above and beyond the call of duty.

Relearning the Basics

The virus has reminded us to relearn the essential basics that we all learned as children. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, cough and sneeze into your elbows and stay home when you’re sick. And above all be kind and show respect for each other. All of which should be the norm during a pandemic or not.

In addition to these common courtesy behaviours, we need to add a few simple tasks. Practicing social/physical distancing and only going out when necessary. These two tasks alone are the Achilles heel to COVID-19. The virus depends on spreading from one person to the next to stay alive. Together we have the power to help keep ourselves and others safe. Let’s all pitch in and show our love and support for each other by following these simple rules.

Kudos to Healthcare Workers

My heart goes out to all affected by the virus, including my dad, who lost a friend to COVID-19. His friend was 53-years old, in good health, and suddenly developed a fever and difficulty breathing. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital. A test confirmed he had the virus, and two days later, he passed away. There were no visitors or family by his side — a necessary rule for the protection of others. Even though it hurts not to have been with him, we are incredibly grateful for his healthcare team. They all worked diligently and tirelessly to help save his life. And it’s comforting to know they were by his side, holding his hand during his final moment.

My personal patient experience

I have a high level of respect for our healthcare professionals. I’m extremely grateful for their exceptional service during my prostatectomy and stay in the hospital. So much so, I wrote a book named Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm. It shares my personal patient experience during my prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing recovery.

I’m forever grateful for the doctors and nurses who went the extra mile to provide excellent care and support. Let’s give them, and all the essential workers, the support and respect they deserve by continuing to follow the protocols. Let’s kill this virus and end the pandemic.

Stay safe, be kind, and together we will overcome.


I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my prostate cancer diagnosis and lessons learned. You can read all my family posts under Gogs’ Family.

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6 comments on “Finding solace during the pandemic

  1. Well said Gogs. Deepest admiration for the front-line workers of all types. My wife and I go out sparingly when we find it necessary and we never cease to admire and appreciate the efforts of those employed; hats of to your children. Stay safe and we will wrestle this devil back to hell!!!!!

    1. Thank you, Harlin. Hats off to all essential workers, and it looks like social distancing is the Achilles heel of this beast!

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