Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Inspired by a Dying Man

I am told with all of this heart stuff, my immune system is weakened. I do seem to catch more colds than I used to. Have one right now. Nothing serious, soar throat, hurts to breathe etc.. Just an annoyance. Had a lot of company over the weekend maybe has just tired me out a bit, though I do make sure to get my naps in.

I watched bits and pieces of a documentary about a truly inspirational man It was on CTV on Saturday evening. With the company I was continually being pulled away from the TV here and there. I would guess I saw about 15 minutes of the show, in fragmented pieces. A couple of minutes here and there sort of thing. It was the story of a man fighting terminal cancer. Now I missed the beginning so I am guessing that his prognosis was he had less than 1 year to go. The documentary was designed to follow him through this time period. He had such a wonderfully positive attitude, he hoped to be an inspiration to others in his condition. Which I suppose is what I am trying do do here in my own humble way.

Mr. Barker in his wonderful courageous way shows the great way to deal with your own pending passing in a way I can only admire. I was able to return to the TV in time to see the closing minute or two. In that time he was almost apologizing for not dying according to the doctors prognosis (time frame) because now possibly they would have to do a sequel to his journey. What really hit me the most was a comment to the effect. “Don’t focus on how long you have to live, instead focus on how you live.”

Mr. Baker, you are in my prayers and may you live for many years to come.

I actually did some research for a post a couple of days ago and the thought came to me again. CTV has a web site, let’s check the site to see if there is anything there. This is what I found.

Canadian comedian Irwin Barker ‘Stands Up’ to cancer


You have just been diagnosed with terminal cancer and given one year to live — what do you do?

If you are Canadian comic icon Irwin Barker, you set out on a courageous and inspirational cross-country comedy fundraiser tour for cancer research.

Hot on the heels of the recent historic television fundraiser “Stand Up To Cancer,” the new CTV Original Documentary “That’s My Time: A Comedian’s Stand Up to Cancer” premieres Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Shot by award-winning Halifax filmmaker Adamm Liley, “That’s My Time” chronicles the past year of Barker’s journey with cancer, revealing a man’s determination to find hope and humour in the gravest of human situations.

The documentary is followed by the one-hour stand-up special capturing Barker’s final gig on his cross-country tour, “Can’t Stop Laughing,” airing later the same night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

An encore presentation of “That’s My Time” airs Sunday, September 28 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo!

Though he’s one of the best-loved comedy writers and comedians in all of Canada, most people have probably never heard of Irwin Barker. But in the comedy clubs, writers’ rooms and comedy festivals of Canada, he is a living legend and comedy institution.

When diagnosed with terminal cancer in June 2007, Barker was determined that the deadly disease wouldn’t stop him from doing the one thing he does best — making people laugh.

In his hilarious stand-up performances from Halifax to Vancouver, he makes it clear that people should not feel sorry for him. From his witty banter about how he no longer shops at Costco because “who’s going to take all that toilet paper?” when he’s gone, to his wondering why some regular hack “couldn’t get cancer because now everyone will steal his jokes when he goes,” Barker never fails to take a funny jab at his own mortality.

Through candid interviews with Barker, his family and some of Canada’s most recognized comedic personalities — including Brent Butt, Rick Mercer and Peter Kelamis — a courageous and humourous approach to living in the face of adversity is revealed.

After all, you can’t tell a four time Gemini-nominated comic that he’s dying and not expect him to find a laugh in that!

Filmed in an intense vérité style, “That’s My Time” strikes a delicate balance between humour and sadness, optimism and despair.

Through Barker’s unique perspective, it is not a film about dying, but rather about the strength and resilience of the human condition and a celebration of life; he transforms what is often the joyless process of treatment and recovery and infuses it with laughter.

It is a hilarious journey through the least funny situation imaginable as he raises eyebrows, money and awareness from coast to coast.

The last stop on Irwin’s tour in Vancouver is one of his most memorable, as it is the culmination of 12 months of performing across the country. The one-hour stand-up special “Can’t Stop Laughing” captures this hilarious performance, airing following the documentary on Saturday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

“That’s My Time: A Comedian’s Stand Up to Cancer” is written and directed by award-winning producer Adamm Liley, and is produced in association with CTV Inc. Bob Culbert is Vice-President of CTV Documentaries. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs. Susanne Boyce is President, Content, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc.


One Response to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Inspired by a Dying Man

  1. Having a positive attitude is so powerful……thanks for sharing this, and for your positive attitude as well.

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