Prostate Cancer Update

I was asked by my local spiritual community, Subud Greater Seattle, for an update on my treatment for prostate cancer. An excerpt:

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on February 17, 2020 and had highly-targeted radiation treatment in Late June and early July and I am recovering. Along the way I had the Subud community helping me test treatment options, letting me know this form of cancer is quite survivable, helping me with my attitude and I had sisters and brothers praying for me…

You can read more here: and can see, in part, how I use Facebook and POPO as ways to communicate and better understand my own life. Thanks for your good thoughts. I feel great and am just back from backpacking with Bhakti Watts in the Dosewallips River watershed in Olympic National Park:

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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6 Responses to Prostate Cancer Update

  1. dc laterre says:

    this is a For Real Journey to say the least! thanks for posting. i always seek out Alternative Therapies for my MI probbies; though this year is proving to be a … an inconvenience

  2. flaneur2017 says:

    may you (dose) wallip/whallop that evil C….! cheers bro

  3. Ed Varney says:

    Looks like your camping trip/hike was a great experience actually getting into the Cascade ecosystem. Best wishes with the cancer problem, seems to affect so many of us. Could it be environmental or just a factor including in getting older?

  4. Leslie Fried says:

    Hi Paul,
    Wishing you continuing recovery and peace.
    Leslie Fried

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