Ron Sparks Author, Poet


The Binary Biker is Still Cancer-Free!


Short blog.  Yesterday I blogged about my 6-month CT/PET scan and the process steps it entails.  Today, less than 24-hours later, I have my results.  I called my nurse, Val, at about 10:00am and asked that she call me as soon as the scans were in.  Around 11:00am she called me back. My result? NORMAL SCAN.  NO SIGNS OF CANCER! I am so happy.  This marks 18 months of clean scans.  Thank you...

The Cancer Survivor CT/PET Scan Routine


Today marks 18 months since the end of my treatments for squamous cell carcinoma.  I celebrate every 6 months by getting a CT/PET scan to check for more cancer.  This is a routine that most cancer survivors are familiar with, but surprisingly few others understand.  This article is my attempt to explain the process to the uninitiated. After a cancer patient completes treatment and is nominally...

The Binary Biker is Back!


Eighteen months ago I was diagnosed with cancer; so began a whirlwind of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.  Throughout it all my motorcycle sat unused, unloved, and untouched in the driveway. That motorcycle sat, and sat, and sat in the driveway.  Never moving.  Never getting started.  Never getting the attention it needed to stay in running condition. While I was recovering from surgery, my...

Voices of Survivors At Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar


Last night was the first meeting of the Orlando chapter of the Voices of Survivors Foundation.  It was great to meet and chat with other cancer survivors.  I wasn’t prepared for how close and quickly the connection came between survivors.  As a mostly solitary man, I have never, in person, shared details of my cancer and survivorship.   I use my blog for that.   Other survivors immediately...

Why is Astrology More Popular Than Cancer?


This isn’t going to be a long blog; more of a mild rant, actually. Readers of my blog know I blog about anything and everything that captures my attention but mostly my blog is filled with thoughts, stories, and insights that I gather while dealing with my cancer.  Recently, I also blogged about The Skinny On Astrology, why I feel there is still, even in today’s world, a persistent...

Fat Lips and Cancer


I have a fat lip – and it’s making me nervous. Yesterday I discovered what felt like a small lump below my lip.  It was painful to the touch.  It felt like an ingrown hair along the shaving line of my bottom lip.  Throughout the day I felt it and it was sore, but there was no visible sign of the zit or ingrown hair. Then, last night, my lip started to swell.  Within an hour it looked...

Chemo Brain or Just Forgetfulness?


A  consultant, a friend of my boss, came into the office today.  She is, apparently, going to help us with some proposals we are working on.  She came in and I introduced myself to her, shaking her hand.  She looked at my funny and said “I met you last week.” I have no memory of that.  I shook my head and asked her if she was sure.  She was.  She even repeated back a conversation I...

Cancer Anxiety Blues


Yep – it’s hit – the cancer anxiety blues. 3 months ago I had a clean PET scan. No signs of cancer. Now I have 3 months to go until I get my next scan. The anxiety is setting in. I am seeing cancer in every little ache and pain. I am getting nervous. I guess this is my life right now. Every six months a PET scan. Every 3 months the worry about the next scan sets in. It’s...

Chemo Brain Attack


I haven’t blogged in a while; I have been so busy with the holidays and work that i haven’t had a chance to sit down and think. The only reason I am able to do so now is that I am in a hotel room in Washington, DC and have a little insomnia. Six months ago I blogged about how I felt chemo brain may have affected my decision to quit my old job. On the whole, the “fuzziness”...

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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