Robert Jackson

Essayist and Freelance Writer working to improve the lives of others by creating a new lens to view everyday issues.

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I Survived Cancer. What Do I Do Now?

Why a change in perspective may not be life-changing. I am awake. It’s the middle of the night, and the house is eerily silent. My eyes are open, but my body lies entirely still, paralyzed in thought. Should I try to move? What if I can’t? A feeling of familiarity washes over me as I hear the faint sound of the pulse in my temple rhythmically brushing the pillow ever so slightly. This was the place I tried to get to when I was sick. Feeling that pulse reminded me that I was still alive, and dur

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The Gift Of Strength From A Lifetime Of Moments

How a simple phrase from the right person can change everything. Scared to death, I watched as the drips of chemotherapy entered my veins. This was my first step in the long road to beating lymphoma. I glanced around the infusion center nervously trying not to stare at the sickly people that were soon to be my tribe. My wife sat next to me and with an assuring grasp of my hand, we fought the urge to let our minds wander to awful places. Like always, I attempted to break the tension with some s

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Suffering Is The Key To Unlocking Empathy

The Powerful Effect of Perspective After Direct Experience America is a society with an abundance of opinions and a shortage of empathy. We love to proselytize our beliefs on everything from healthcare and gay marriage to vaccinations and the Second Amendment. Mostly though, our opinions are defined by limited information and lack of direct experience. It’s only through suffering the real consequences of our current beliefs that we gain the perspective to change. Ohio Representative Mike Turn

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Has The Promise Of A Cure Proven To Be Impractical?

Focusing on a cure is sleight of hand for profit. As I was perusing my Twitter feed the other day, I came across this meme of a man in the crowd reacting with astonishment to President Trump saying “The things we’re doing in our country today, there’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.” The reaction of that man was spot-on. This is simply the latest and more grotesque version of a lie with a decade's lo

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Helpful Advice After a Cancer Diagnosis

Three Informative Books to Guide You to The Best Care In the three years since my cancer diagnosis, I have had the opportunity to read a small library of books. Unable to work and spending six hours a day sitting in a chair hooked up to an IV creates a lot of free time. In my effort to use this time wisely, I tried to learn as much as possible about my disease and the best methods for fighting it. I found most books on cancer to be about survival. There are hundreds of inspirational tomes abou

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Why You Should Be On The Bone Marrow Donation Registry

People assume the search for a bone marrow donor should be relatively simple. Statistics do not back up that assumption. According to the Institute for Justice, at least 3,000 people die each year because they cannot find a matching donor. At any time, about 7,500 Americans are actively searching for an unrelated donor and only two percent of the population is on the national registry. The majority of registered donors are on the list due to a friend or family in need. For this reason, a signif

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Is the Tech Traveler a Ghost in Your Hotel?

Gone are the days of the weary traveler greeted by the warm smile of an attractive front desk agent. The wake-up call and morning newspaper outside your door are also relics of the past. Guest service is no longer personal; it is on-demand. There's an app for that Today's tech traveler can order an Uber to get to the airport after they have checked-in online for their flight booked the same way. They go through security using a retinal scan as their identification and then pick up a latte orde

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Cancer! The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me - Noteworthy - The Journal Blog

I have cancer. We all have cancer. The difference is that my immune system could not defend itself against the propagation of these mutated cells that live within every human body. Mass replication of cells form tumors in those of us labeled with the disease of cancer. The fact that I have this disease, now in remission, does not make me unique or special. I am merely one of about 4,800 people diagnosed with some form of cancer every day in the United States, according to the American Cancer Soc

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Why You Should Stop Eating These Three “Healthy” Foods

The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar in one year We all want to be healthy and some of us try to eat the foods that we believe will help us on our journey. Are some of those healthy foods actually working against us? Everyone knows, or should, that french fries and cotton candy are bad for us. The problem is in the understanding of what makes them bad for us. The answer is sugar! Sugar in cotton candy is obvious. But what about the sugar in those french fries? A small size of McDo

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How a Veteran Deserves to be Recognized - Robert Jackson

Does “Thank you for your service” apply to all veterans? My wife and I were attending a community band concert with our teenage nieces. It happened to be the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Of the few hundred people in attendance was a 95-year-old veteran who landed at Omaha Beach. They announced his presence and the crowd gave him a raucous, well-deserved standing ovation. The concert was filled with patriotic anthems including a medley of theme songs from each branch of the Armed Fo