True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness
~ Albert Einstein
"Ask Me Anything -- Plain Talk About My
Emotional, Spiritual, and Medical Journey with Terminal Prostate Cancer"
Fr. Gene Baum, Ph.D.
August 20, Noon
We often talk about death and dying, but rarely do we hear
directly from people with terminal diagnoses about their inner experiences.
Gene Baum is a Clinical Psychologist, an orchid grower, and a married Roman
Catholic Priest. He worked for twenty years in direct service and management
roles with County Mental Health departments in California. In 2004, he was
diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he has been under continuous treatment ever
since. While preparing for his initial cancer surgery, it was discovered that
he had blockage of coronary arteries; his cancer surgery was delayed while he
underwent and recovered from a triple bypass. The cancer returned in 2005, and
has now metastasized. Gene copes with his terminal diagnosis through his
spiritual belief system. He has a lot to say about how things look from both
the provider’s and the patient's perspective. Gene approaches life with zeal,
candor, and a good sense of humor. If you ever wanted to ask straightforward
questions and get clear answers from a person living with a terminal diagnosis,
this is your chance! Join us for an enlightening and enlivening conversation.