Hello, I’m

JAY VERSLUIS

I’m a super survivor

 I’ve been invited to give a talk about my case by the wonderful people of NCODA, Nova Southeastern University Chapter.

The original plan was to do this in an auditorium, but with the world being what it is, we’ve made it a Zoom meeting – and you’re all invited to watch.

Join me in chat on Saturday, October 1st, 12pm EST

 

 

Never give up

I have spent three years going through cancer treatment hell and have survived against all odds, thanks to a new treatment approach called immunotherapy.

I haven’t shared much of my journey as it was happening between 2015 and 2017, but now that it’s all over, I have an amazing story to tell.

Lynch Syndrome

My type of cancer is genetic. It’s caused by mutations that impair DNA Mismatch Repair (MMR). This condition is also known as Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer.

KRAS Mutation

My cancer also has had a KRAS mutation. This condition makes it much more aggresive than “regular” cancers, and as such renders it almost immune to conventional treatments.

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Super Survivor

I’m a cancer survivor for whom conventional treatment didn’t work. But an immunoherapy drug called Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) did the trick.

Catheter Tales

I’ve had the pleasure of wearing every type of catheter there is. Check out my tips on how to live with them.

Stoma Tips & Tricks

I’ve had both a colostomy and an ileostomy for nearly two years. Here are some tips on living with those things.

Life on TPN

I’ve used various types of Total Parenteral Nutrition instead of solid food for nearly a year. Let me tell you about my experiences with it.

Surgeries

Chemotherapy Infusions

Immunotherapy Infusions

Radiation Treatments

Read my Book

I’ve written a book about my whole cancer journey. It’s called BROKEN BOWELS – Tales of a Super Survivor.

You can get it as Paperback and Kindle Edition from Amazon.

I’ve narrated the whole book for iTunes and Audible (it’s nearly 16 hours long). Grab a sample while you’re here.

My Video Diary

As a continuation of my book, I’m doing regular updates on my wellbeing and the many inspirational events that are happening in my life after cancer. I talk about the moments I enjoy, the people I meet, and make notes of things I don’t want to forget.

Follow me on YouTube for the latest updates and premieres, or watch right here on this site.

My Audio Podcast

Don’t have time to watch my Video Diary? Fret not, I’ve turned my commentary videos into audio files for y’all. You can listen right here on this site, on Spotify and iTunes, or subscribe with your favourite Podcast Client.

Presidential Treatment

I was treated with the same immunotherapy drug that cured President Jimmy Carter. It seems to have worked wonders for the both of us!

What’s been happening recently

Kaleidoscopic Vision Experience

Kaleidoscopic Vision Experience

I've just had an interesting experience while watching TV (The Mentalist, season 1, episode 2). It's something that appears to have been Kaleidiscopic Vision. Here's how I've described it to Julia, trying to work out how this thing came about: my peripheral vision was...

Switching back to Decaf

Switching back to Decaf

I've had an interesting experience with myself last week: I switched to decaf, after having caffeine creep into my coffee consumption more and more recently. After my treatment, I abstained from caffeine for a while, and eventually added a spoon of caffeinated coffee...

Ostomies are Lifesavers 😍

Ostomies are Lifesavers 😍

I had an email from the friendly folks at ConvaTEC (or rather Ostomysecrets), purveyors of fine ostomy supplies and apparel. I'm still on their newsletter ever since my ostomy days so I still get updates on their news. Although I no longer have a need for those...

Don’t Be Afraid To Suck

Don’t Be Afraid To Suck

https://youtu.be/dklO3QMB48c A reminder to all of us that making mistakes isn't a bad thing at all, quite the opposite: it's an opportunity for growth and to get better. Our endeavour to be "perfect" all the time and not make mistakes may well be the cause for limited...

This is Your Year

This is Your Year

https://youtu.be/Flba1kA_sws My colleague Calvin told me not to forget him, because he has no doubt in his mind that 2019 will be "my year". What a lovely thing to say that is!

My other projects

This is more of a long-term observational project.
I write regularly about software, technology and 3D development on these other sites: