Scott Hanselman

This Developer's Life 3.0.1 - Cancer

February 01, 2013 Comment on this post [35] Posted in Podcast
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thebigcBig thanks from both my wife and myself for the outpouring of support after our Cancer announcement. Last year was a long year and the Cancer part of the year was particularly long.

We were very private about the whole thing and waited to tell anyone until we knew we were mostly OK. However, to my surprise, the day of the diagnosis my wife, who has never shown much interested in podcasting announced "I want to record an audio Cancer Diary. Can you do that?"

So we did.

We honestly didn't know if we were going to publish this when we started but after a month of editing late into the night, we are.

This episode of This Developer's Life takes a half year of our lives and many, many hours of audio and turns it into a single hour show that Mo and I are happy to share it with you today.

This Developer's Life 3.0.1 - Cancer

I hope you enjoy the show and that you and yours are, and remain, healthy.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 01, 2013 16:47
Congratulations on the recovery so far. Cant wait to listen to this podcast. Your wife is strong as a rock.
February 01, 2013 18:22
Congratulations (and good luck) to my favourite geek and a strong and beautiful African woman for surviving the shock of finding out about cancer. You guys are going to beat this cancer very soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
February 01, 2013 19:55
I hope that your wife gets well soon...
February 01, 2013 20:01
Congratulations on everything. My wife beat breast cancer and it was the longest two years of my life. All the surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation treatments, doctor appointments, fears, worries, sick days, sleepless nights, it was a tiring and grueling time, and I wasn't even the one sick.
February 01, 2013 20:44
Thanks for sharing something so person. Get well soon.
February 01, 2013 21:25

Moved by your story, you guys are awesome and deserve the best, I wish I could do something to help.
February 01, 2013 21:35
Aunt you are a strong woman and you will make it through this tough moment. God is with you and your family.We will keep you in our prayers
February 01, 2013 21:53
That's great news that everything is going well for Mo.

May God be with both of you.

Look forward to a geeky article in the near future. :)
February 01, 2013 22:22
Cancer does weird things to life :)

My wife started blogging heavily (her blog is at when she got diagnosed. Something about leaving behind her passion and legacy for our daughter. She also started driving (being a city girl she never did before and aboslutely relied on public transport).

Your post is a nudge to me to write the next eposide for our story with the big C. Just waiting for the scan next week.
February 02, 2013 0:28
Excellent episode Scott, I really enjoyed listening to you and your wife's conversation, it was great to hear that it's looking bright, even if it'll be five years before your wife truly will be able to call herself cancer-conquer (not surviver :-)). I can't imagine the shock it most have been for her to receive the call from the oncologist office, so surreal.
February 02, 2013 0:45
February 02, 2013 1:54

Though we are strangers to each other, you've (unknowingly) contributed a lot to my development as a developer. With this post, however, you've just had a significantly larger and more important impact on my life while I trek down the path of Lymphoma. Sending the link to my partner now. Thanks for giving a glimpse into the struggles and realities.

Looking forward to seeing the t-shirt in 5 years.
February 02, 2013 3:44
What a poignant story to share, big respect to your wife; your sharing is such a beautifully selfless way to touch people and that's what life's all about.
We met briefly in Scotland last year when you were over researching your family-history with your father, err, I mean evangelising about code stuff ;) at Scottish Developers. Scott, you're a trooper, one would never have known what you were going through from seeing you do your presentation thang in Dundee and Glasgow and I guess that's the thing, lot's of people are going through stuff and we just don't know it.

Best wishes to you all for now and the future

Stephen Cassels
February 02, 2013 5:41
Scott and Mo,You are inspirational human beings, thank you for sharing this podcast. Mi respeto y admiracion total desde Mexico. (My respect and total admiration)
February 03, 2013 0:24

You are truly inspirational human being, this podcast is showing your ethics, truly admirable ...
February 03, 2013 1:06
Recently got W-8, no DVD Maker. Ran across your blog on DVDStyler, you made it sound so easy. But I have spent hours trying to make a DVD with NO success. Following guide closely, no luck. Q1: DVD-RW, 4x, use formatted or unformatted? Q2; Can't figure out Buttons, what for, what do? When I Burn, have tried gen, gen ISO, preview, but never previews, doesn't gen a DVD. Need help desperately.
February 03, 2013 4:25
Dear Mo and Scott,

Thank you for sharing your story. I really appreciate that you are willing to tell how it felt and what your thoughts were. I am not in this situation, but still gives me a comfort to hear your voice and feel your feelings as you experienced it. It feels that I can do this too, if I have to.

Best to you all,

February 03, 2013 9:33

I've been reading your blog and listening to your podcasts since the early SweetSpot days (my son and wife are diabetic), and I enjoy your opinions, insights, and approach to life/work/etc.

This was one of the most "real" listens I've been privvy to. Thanks to you and your wife for being so open and honest about this. I wish you all the very best going forward.

Keep being strong for each other and your kids,
Frank Meffert
February 03, 2013 17:40
Inspirational is the word.
I'm going to get a check-up.. My first in my 37 years.
Thank you Mo & Scott.
February 03, 2013 20:28
get well soon and all the best.
February 03, 2013 21:29
Good look to both of you! I'm really impressed about the strength and power of your wife! Tell her best wishes!
February 04, 2013 6:37
Thanks Scott, and Mo. That was very inspirational. Scott has done a lot of technology podcasts, so it is wonderful for you both to be so personal and real about what you have been through.

All the best for your continued health!

February 04, 2013 10:27
I would pray to the god you and your family to have long life and bring lot of joy and happiness on coming days.

Best Wishes,
February 04, 2013 16:38
Has a podcast ever been nominated for a Grammy before?
February 04, 2013 21:54
Thanks for sharing Scott, best wishes for you and your family
February 05, 2013 0:27
Hope your wife get better Scott ,
this is the life , some times we have to be strong to face it .
let your warrior side play here to win over your emotions
February 05, 2013 10:34
Mortality is sobering indeed. Thanks for sharing.
February 06, 2013 2:47
Get well soon
February 07, 2013 23:25
Our family has been touched many times by cancer and the pain, love, sorrow, and joy is more palpable than gravity upon our aching feet. I wish you much love and joy in the coming years and great success in defeating your unwelcome guest.

Hang in there Hanselmans. Good luck. Much love in the world for you.
February 08, 2013 1:20
That was very, very honest. Thanks for being brave enough to share this, it was very moving and a great reminder not to take our health, or that of our loved ones for granted.
February 09, 2013 23:53
Scott, I've been listening to your podcast over the years and appreciate everything you've done for the community. I wish your wife a speedy and safe recovery! Good luck to your family from mine.
February 25, 2013 10:31
I was finally able to devote time to really listen to this podcast today and I can't thank you enough for sharing this very personal story with all of us. Members of my extended family are well on their way to being able to call themselves "survivors", but I now know more about your ordeal than that of my own family. I need to fix that.

Your story is a perfect reminder that early detection is key to the best chance of a good outcome. Everyone should do their best to routinely examine themselves for the cancers we can see or feel. If you have the means, make time to meet with your doctor to discuss your family history, risk factors, and determine whether there are any screenings you should have performed.
March 07, 2013 7:58
How incredibly generous of you both to share this. Thank you for the time, effort, and accommodation it took to create this, especially given all the hurdles you already had to deal with. All the best! -David
March 23, 2013 19:33
Great life story that is now hopefully history ... Great example of resiliency and strength ... Thank you for sharing and show us how it is done.

As we say in my culture :
Quem está no convento é que sabe o que lhe vai dentro.
Translation: [Only] He who is in the convent knows what goes on inside.
English Equivalent: No one knows where the Shoe pinches, but he who wears it.
Meaning: Only people going through a problem know how it is.
Strauss, Emmanuel (1994). Dictionary of European Proverbs, Volym 1. Routledge. p. 886. ISBN 0415096243.

June 05, 2013 15:33
Hope you're feeling better and better each day Mo. I've just listened to this episode and I am blown away by your frank discussion of your recovery.

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