The good news is that this kind of cancer is beatable. If there's anyone both strong spirited and level headed enough to beat this thing, it's Duncan. From the stories he tells and his constant talk about "putting work into yourself" spiritually through reading, discourse, meditation, chanting, comedy, and an acquired sense of humility and awe, he is living proof that this life isn't static and hopeless. He shows us all through action and through his art that this life has meaning and purpose.
I listened to every podcast of his since I got my iPod last Christmas. At that time I was in the middle of paying off my 40k student loan. I decided to unshackle myself from that burden by practicing a lifestyle of hard work and extreme frugality. I picked up extra work on Saturdays and even some evenings apart from my full-time job. I took out my grocery, transportation, and entertainment money in cash at the beginning of each month and never once spend more than I said I would. Usually I had something left over. I began chipping away at that beast of burden, the whole time listening to Duncan and the people who inspire him.
So, to Duncan Trussell, the man with a tough battle ahead, good luck and thank you so far for all of the warm, funny, and meaningful shows you have shared. I hope you get better and are able to produce a comedy special for us all sometime soon. Finally, to spread one of his more famous messages to the blogosphere: Kill the vampire in your life.