kristof.blogs.nytimes.com – Email Share Tweet Save More Photo I think that few of us consider the impact of our daily activities on the final accounting anyone might render at the time of our death. Because I have had cancer for more than 15 years now, I have had a lot of time to think about this. I actually think I got this cancer 35 years ago. It grows slowly, but it did take me to the hospital from time to time. And in September of 1999, I had my first CT scan, which gave me a confirmed diagnosis.