Guess Who’s Eating Cake For Breakfast?

THIS GUY, that’s who!

Number 5! A Success!


So yeah, it was a bit of a bumer missing breakfast the other day, but since then I have not only had my FIFTH SUCCESSFUL BRAIN SURGERY —  I’ve also eaten CAKE for breakfast every single day since then.

So it seems  fair to say this has been a pretty successful week, when all is said and done.  Right?

Here’s a recap:

• TUESDAY morning: Brain Surgery  for breakfast.
(Extremely graphic [picture fothcoming, I hope.)
I have asked for a photograph of the inside of my brains every time I’ve had brain surgery,, but still have not gotten one.  This is in fact the only complaint I have about my neurosurgery team.  (Which is definitely a good thing
I did, however, get a picture of myself cooling my brain off with an icy Shasta Ginger Ale immediately post-op– this was the closest I got to eating something all day (And it was delicious):


Shasta never tasted so sweet…


• WEDNESDAY morning:  Red velvet cake for breakfast!

I can eat cake!  (And talk!  And walk! And see!  And remember things!)

Delicious, AND easy to chew!

Delicious, AND easy to chew!

Most importantly, I can eat cake.   And I can do it so well, I figured I’d do it again the next day…

Thursday Morning: : Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cup cake for breakfast!
For those of yous who come from where I come from, what we have here is basically a super fancy Tastykake Kandy Kake.  I’m not gonna say it’s better than the original, but it’s  kinda even better than the original.




So there you have it!  Fifth Successful brain surgery earns you two things:

  1. Cake for breakfast!
  2. 2 Less cancer in your brain!

Speaking of which, the surgery itself was extremely successful– I did wake up with a brish accent, but I don’t mind that so much.  Better than when I woke up speaking Cantonese, in Hong Kong.

They were able to remove about 90% of the tumor cells that were in there– digging any deeper ould have potentially removed my ability to eat cake (at least) so they left a little bit of stuff left in there, to be safe.  But   But there’s always been a little stuffleft in there.  For four years now.   So I’m OK with that.

Because I can eat cake!

I will be doing some followup treatment after this to deal with the remaining tumor (and ccake) in my brain, but it shouldn’t be too big of a deal.  And hey, I’ve always got brain surgery #6 to look forward to!

But before then, I think I’m gonna go down the shore, and eat some real breakfast: scrapple & eggs.  Cake for breakfast is good and everything, but it’s a little sweet.



PS: All this talk (and photography) of heavy sugar consumption brings something to mind:  when you get cancer, everybody and their mother tells you to avoid sugar, because “cancer eats sugar!” “and blah blah blah blah (they also tell you to smoke lots of weed & put tumeric in your coffee, so take it all with grain of salt.  Or sugar, as it were.)  But what I have actually learned to be the truth of the matter, is that while cancer cells do eat a lot of blood sugar, the only way you’d actually be able to affect them in this way would be to completely & utterly stop eating anything that contains any kind of sugar or carbohydrates, completely.  So no fruit, bread, no vegetables, etc.  Which isn’t the best idea.
In the very least, heavy sugar consumption isn’t good for anybody (Cancerful or not).  But even if you are Cancerful, don’t be afraid of eating a piece of chocolate here and there, especially if you believe that chocolate is important for your survival (as I do).

It’s not going to kill you.  Literally.

So that’s it for now!  I’m going to finish my cake for breakfast, have a little piece of chocolate, and then I’ll be home-weet-home later this afternoon!

Thanks to everybody for the well wishes, and especially to the friends who brought me cake!  I love you all.
( I just love the ones who brought cake a little bit more 😉 )

19 thoughts on “Guess Who’s Eating Cake For Breakfast?

  1. Thanks for the update!!!! Cake for breakfast sounds good. So glad you’re feeling strong. And yes, chocolate is good for the soul.

  2. Yay for a happy outcome and good cake! Sending you happy thoughts (and virtual cake) as you barrel through your recovery back to full-on living. May the future hold minimal headache action and lots of joyful living action. xo

  3. You ROCK!!! I absolutely adore your posts, your insight, your humor and outlook. Cake for breakfast is truly the only way to go. Thank you for your amazing look at this journey – we need more Chad in our lives!

  4. So glad your surgery went well. Prayers are answered. I say eat what you want when you want 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰😀🙏

  5. So glad to hear from you this side of the surgery, and to see you eating cake, and everything else! I am wondering if the leaking spinal fluid has resolved. I’d love for you to ease into a much better year!!!

  6. Hi Chad,
    Thinking of you and sending lots of healing thoughts. I feel so lucky to have found your blog and get to share a bit of this journey with you!
    With love,
    Brandy Christensen

  7. Hi Chad
    I was very upset when I learned you needed a fifth surgery. I would have brought you a chocolate cake except I’m in Colorado. My daughter had her 4th baby Monday night. I was there for 4 days and now I’m on my way home.
    Hope we can see you soon. We miss your smiling face and wonderful sense of humor as well as your crazy positive attitude.
    Sending you strong healing vibes and much love
    Lynn and Irwin

  8. I am a mom of a cancerful son. You are about his age and you definitely have the same sense of humor. I love reading your posts! You are one tough excuse the French; mf!!! (Hope you don’t mind my honesty!) I applaud your vitality, your humor, and the fact that you share it with the rest of us going through this. You give those of us in the early stages hope that there will be later stages too! And much cake can be had in the process! Much life! Many breakfasts!!! And the continuing love of family and friends and adoring public! Godspeed on your certain recovery and blessings. Heal!!!! Peg (a loving mom from Minnesota, USA) 🎂🐔🐖🍰🍴🇺🇸 ❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. I like how the surgeons leave that small tuft of hair on the other side of the incision. Is that to facilitate a side-comb-over? 😉
    So glad to know about this went well.

  10. Hi, Chad! I discovered your website through The Everywhereist and love your sense of humor as you have gone through all of this. Now that I know you’re from Philly (Tastykakes! Scrapple! and WHERE ARE YOU FROM????), this is even cooler! Prayers and well wishes as you heal and live on to eat more cake (or kake? do you need Tastykakes sent to you?)

  11. Hey there! Go you! Enjoy that cake! I asked for and recieved photos from my surgery in 2012.Fascinating to see your own brain and the tumor! I asked them to film the op but they said no and looked at me funny. Go figure! Hopefully today the good outweights the sucky and your winning! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Well, I WOULD have shipped you cake from Seattle, but the post office gets mad when I show up with a box that’s leaking frosting. You know how it is.

    Be well, friend!

  13. HI Chad, just one of your many board lurkers (e.g., stalkers) and internet champions. Little did you know, your insight got me through my first brain surgery for a tumor that although tennis ball sized, was benign. The side effects of that gem provided much entertainment to friends and family. We aim to please. Inspired by your T-shirt, I had my own impressive CT made into a shirt with my bad ass tumor with “Size Matters” printed underneath. Lots of compliments, I should have credited you on the back. Ongoing genetic testing will determine whether I have the pleasure of looking forward to serial brain surgeries. If so, a “head to head” competition may be in order, although I liked my side shave way better than your latest. Hang in there, you have a bunch of internet imaginary friends rooting for you.

  14. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across your blog, must have been searching for something. I do want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your writing. I was diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma mid-June, had surgery July 5. Also located in the right frontal lobe (like yours) Per my surgeon, he was able to remove it all, still waiting for insurance to approve the recommended proton beam radiation therapy. for your honest and inspiring words and for giving me hope. I wish you all the best as you recover from your most recent surgery.

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