Brother John’s

About Brother John

Brother JohnI’m a 6’4″ 300 pound 52 year old married man and miraculous survivor of a hematological (blood based) cancer. The cancer pretty much destroyed my left hip and upper left femur. As a result, I needed three major operations that eventually led to a total hip replacement. I’ve been married to a severely disabled (muscular dystrophy) woman for 32 years. I am Senior Software Developer (medical systems) for Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP). My hobbies include music, art, origami, digital graphics and animation, reading, and cats. I have two cats at the moment, Sarah Jane, and Scamp. Sarah is a Korat kitty and Scamp was born with only three legs. more…



  1. Hello Brother John,

    I just wanted to tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts on the MyFamily blog. I have learned a lot from you and I appreciate your responses to questions I have posted there.

    Looks as if maybe I’ll be the first to comment on your blog and it is nothing less than I would have expected from you. Excellent job.


    Comment by Norman Parker — February 15, 2008 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you Norman. I actually discovered WordPress via the MyFamily 2.0 blog. I’m always a curious type and I liked the look and feel of this WordPress Template. I was posting so much on the 2.0 blog that I thought it might be fun to let people know who I am and what I’m about.

    Thanks for commenting!!! 🙂

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — February 16, 2008 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

  3. Hello Brother John:

    Must admit, I have visited here from day one when you didn’t have the comment block set.

    Enjoy reading with interest the Crystal project.
    Being a rockhound is one of my many hobbies.

    I also learn from all the points that are added to the MF Blog and am especially glad you joined in on another site. I’m not as technical…I just love having fun with the computer.

    Apparently this WorldPress Template is part of the MF blog as it opened a window with my information before I had a chance to add it. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm you know me and my privacy issues by now. 🙂

    Good luck with your blog..

    Comment by Carol — February 18, 2008 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you Carol. Actually… The MyFamily 2.0 blog is brought to you by WordPress. That’s what gave me the idea to try WordPress out.

    My next crystal project will be using Alum (Hydrated Aluminum Potassium Sulfate crystallizes in regular octahedra with flattened corners, and is very soluble in water.)

    It should grow a larger crystal than can sugar and it won’t be nearly as delicate (or sticky). It also won’t be as sweet.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — February 18, 2008 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  5. I am familiar with Alum. Years ago a gentlemen used old barn wood in building his home in Chadds Ford. He had some of the old (possibly 100 years) wood out on two saw horses in the work area. That night there was a frost. When he hung the ceiling joist (the two he had out all night) he thought nothing of it. But that night when the lights were turned off they looked as though they had stars twinkling. (I saw it so know that for true)

    It was the natural alum from the wood (forget what type it was)..then the man told me you could get the same results with going to the drug store and purchasing alum. doing a mix with water. Always wanted to try it. Maybe now some 40 years later I might … thanks for reminding me of a wonderful time in my life.


    Comment by Carol — February 18, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  6. Glad to have jogged pleasant memories!

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — February 18, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  7. Hey John, got it all up and running and I sent an invite out to a lot of folks. I used the same template as yours, hope you don’t mind, and eventually, I hope to have it looking as good as your site.

    Really enjoying the wordpress experience. It was a good move.

    See you later,

    Don Smith

    Comment by Don Smith — April 1, 2008 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  8. It is “I” the phantom internet cyber guy! Hah! Came over here to browse and see if anyone was home, I will replace the cookies, don’t worry about it.

    The map thingy looks go Bro John, now you will have a big ol red dot, smack dab in the middle of the country.

    That are I … The twisted Okie.


    Comment by Don Smith — April 15, 2008 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  9. Not so twisted… just Okie! You better eat those cookies fast, they always go through the shredder end of the day. Always glad to have you come visit me Don. Perhaps you’ll entice me to post more frequently. Who knows? You’re always welcome here my friend.

    Comment by Brother John — April 15, 2008 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  10. Hi Brother John,

    You’ve got a great smiling face – very welcoming.

    I was looking around your site to see if you’d written about your cancer. I am a cancer survivor too – Chondrosarcoma in 1995 (primary bone cancer) – and would like to ask you if you would be willing to display an “I survived cancer” ribbon on your blog – to help spread the word that people can and do survive? You can find a copy on my blog, if you’d be willing.

    Best wishes.

    Comment by Author — April 21, 2008 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  11. Hello Author! So nice of you to visit with me here at my blog site. I visited (though briefly) your “A Curious State of Affairs” blog site, and then went on to visit your more official “Jan Marshall – Author” website. That’s all it took for me to add you to my blog roll! I’m looking forward to a detailed reading of both your sites when time permits.

    Being the “curious” type, I’ll probably also do a bit of research on ChondroSarcoma cancer. I keep myself knowledgeable within the medical field. I’m very happy to hear we are both NERD’s (No Evidence of Recurring Disease). Thank you for that acronym by the way… I really like it!

    I would be proud to display an “I survived cancer” ribbon. I’ll post one when I next get a chance. You are right that people should hear and know of cancer success stories.

    I’ll also post a few of my X-Rays so you can see the ingenious works of Dr. Richard D. Lackman, my surgeon of thee major operations. They are quite… interesting.

    Well… have to catch some sleep, spent too many nights programming and not near enough time sleeping.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — April 22, 2008 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  12. Brother John,

    I am really delighted that you’ve put that ribbon up to tell the world you’re a survivor! I like the actual ribbon too – so I hope you don’t mind I’ve “saved” it as another option for folk on my ” survived cancer” page!

    If you visit my blog there there is a specific page that will tell you all about chondrosarcoma (and other cancers too).

    Stay well,

    Best wishes from Author, another NERD! (no evidence of recurring disease)


    Comment by Author — April 22, 2008 @ 1:57 am | Reply

  13. Anything on my site can be used by others. I am Brother John am I not? 🙂

    I’ve always been fascinated with writing. I have such an active imagination, and am a speed touch typist, that it would seem to be a natural direction. I must say I’m getting tired of programming. And it’s getting harder for Kathy to go in to work with me each day. Time to think about alternate options.

    Can’t wait until I have some time to properly check out your sites!

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — April 22, 2008 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  14. Uh, I have a thing trapped in my archives, it says it is there, but I cannot seem to locate it or get it out.

    It is kind of like having nineteen bucks in the bank, you can see it, it is right there. But they will not give it to you.

    Any suggestions? About the archive thing I mean, not the muny ……..

    Comment by Don Smith — April 25, 2008 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

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