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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “Enjoy the little things, for some day you may look back and realize they were the big thing”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: Feb 26, '11

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If you want something to get your attention early in the morning, try getting a call from your dermatologist saying “Come back in, we’ve found a melanoma on your left arm.” After what I went though 48 years ago with a melanoma, I was instantly awake and calling M.D. Anderson cancer hospital in Houston, Texas. It took 4 days to get my appointment with the head of the melanoma department but I never considered going anywhere else.

After arriving in Houston I drove to the medical center to see if things were as remembered it. I was astounded to see blocks and blocks of medical buildings and the hospital I had my first surgery in 48 years ago was completely gone. I was glad because I remember thinking that building had looked like a giant headstone in a graveyard.

After two days of ultrasounds tests, blood work, x rays, etc I went into surgery that lasted three hours. I have an eight inch scar where they excised flesh. I’m afraid Cameron Diaz won’t make anymore movies with me now. The doctors also took three lymph nodes under my left armpit to determine if the cancer had spread. The doctors confirmed they had removed all of the cancer from my arm but it would take a week to get the biopsy report on the lymph nodes. So, I decided to be optimistic and come back to Vegas after one day rest. I feel reasonable well but awaiting the test results is pretty stressful.

There were thousands of cancer patients in the M.D Anderson Medical Center. I was struck by the attitude and obvious determination of the patients. Even in the more severe cases you could see the resolve to beat this deadly disease. Something like this helps get your priorities straight. Someone caught a two outer at the river against you? Big deal, just be thankful if you have your health.

One pretty neat thing happened in my first examination. A doctor came into the room laughing and said “you came into this hospital almost 50 years ago and had a life expectancy of 3-6 months!” He showed me an old chart from 1962 that said Mr. Brunson’s cancer had disappeared with no explanation. It was a “spontaneous remission”  which we have only seen a few times. That brought back lots of old memories and thank God my “spontaneous remission” happened.

Whoopee! I just got the call from the hospital that the surgery had removed all the cancer from my arm and it hadn’t spread. They said come back in 6 months for a check-up which I’ll certainly do. I ducked one more bullet and I’m grateful again.

Now I have to arrange my poker schedule. I was supposed to play in Poker Stars Big Game but I certainly wasn’t up to it. Now, I am supposed to play the NBC Heads Up Championship the 4th of next month. If I don’t feel good, I’m going to pass on that one also. Winning bracelets and poker tournaments aren’t as important to me as they were a few weeks ago.
Thank you God!

-DB

Doyle "Tex Dolly" Brunson is a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, best-selling author, and is known worldwide as the father of modern poker. His list of poker accomplishments and awards are endless.

 
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dare2
over 9 years ago

@bmpek
Let yourself feel something. Being angry at the world and lashing out brings you the attention you want but no peace.

 
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sK1ll3d
over 9 years ago

Praise the Lord and pass ...or call, raise or fold. God bless, you, Doyle Brunson.

 
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Kind_Bud
over 9 years ago

Glad to see you got back control of you account Doyle, some commie bastard was posting under your name while you were in Houston, I think it was Freddy_"used to be leethestryker"Deeb 2012, because it was so poorly written, the lights must have been out in her mom's basement....ha ha ha ha haha

 
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brunell0407
over 9 years ago

Glad you received the good news Mr. Brunson. Hope all continues to go well.

Bmpek you are a spineless scumbag. There is a time and place for humor and that certainly was not it. If you really are an 'old timer', i feel sorry for the clearly worthless life you have been living.

 
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leftygolfer
over 9 years ago

Good news Mr.Brunson.

 
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boku09
over 9 years ago

Congratulations Doyle on the clean bill of health!

 
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oldschooljerry
over 9 years ago

glad to hear the good news Doyle. Hope to see you at the Venetian again for Jen's.

 
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answer20
over 9 years ago

Stay with us!! You need to put out that 'next' great book on how to beat the new poker generation. We will enjoy seeing you play as much of a schedule as you can handle, keep smiling.

 
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TheSal
over 9 years ago

Really, really glad to hear that you're OK Doyle. You're an inspiration to many people and it's good to know you'll be around a while longer to keep inspiring us!

 
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x19
over 9 years ago

...Doyle your like a grandpa to many and i hope your around for many more years and i'm confident you got 10 or more years ahead of you....bmpek-i'd love to punch you in the face, just sayin.

 
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TandG21
over 9 years ago

Great news Mr Brunson,
Thanks for taking a picture with my son at the super bowl party.
He said you were the best. only wish he got an autograph.
Maybe next year. I really enjoy reading Godfather of Poker.

 
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BrawLad
9 years ago

Great Blog Doyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4bKDHTbVww

 
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