He’s alive!

I thought I had shut down this blog forever but something came up that warrants reopening.

In December of 2013, I wrote that I suffered from blood clots in the left leg. E.g., Merry Fucking Christmas. On January 1, 2014, I announced that I was ending the blog. Among other things, I wrote that: “Although I am truly worn out, I am OK. I am not quitting because of health reasons.” I didn’t know it then, but I was wrong.

Since my attempt to kill the blog, the pain in my left leg worsened and the swelling refused to abate even though the new miracle drug for blood clots that I took was working. As a result, I began a magical mystery tour of doctors including, but not limited to, my general practitioner, a cardiologist, an orthopedic surgeon, an interventional radiologist, a gastroenterologist and a oncologist/hematologist.

Yesterday, I learned that I have Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For what it is worth, that is the “good” kind.  It also explains my exhaustion and the blood clots that suddenly appeared while I was in Sioux City trying a case in December of 2013.

My very experienced oncologist tells me that the disease is at stage III or IV and a bone marrow biopsy next week will determine whether it is stage III or IV. That is not nearly as dire as it sounds. “Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable cancers. Cure is even more likely if it is diagnosed and treated early. Unlike other cancers, Hodgkin lymphoma is also curable in its late stages.” Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Because I made such a fuss about legal realism and transparency while this blog was active, remaining silent seemed dishonest. I won’t start treatment (chemotherapy and possibly radiation) until shortly after March 17, 2014. Periodically, I will let you know how I am doing.

By the way, I am pretty proud of myself. It seems that I have resurrected Generalissimo Francisco Franco. (He’s alive!) And that, my dear friends, is the perfect exemplification of Article III power.


35 responses

  1. Richard, I sincerely hope you recover shortly and do what the doctors tell you. Also considers stop eating red meat, even white meat, go totally vegetarian and plant foods. There are properties in non-meat that will help in your recovery. Go to Netflix and view Forks and Knives, a real eye opener.

  2. Sometimes the only thing one can say that adds anything to this kind of news is: fuck it all! Additionally, of course, I will maintain positive thoughts for you as you travel yet another of life’s adventures. May your doctors be gentle and kind, your pain be minimal, may this journey not be too traumatic for you and your family, and may your recovery be swift and complete.

  3. Thanks for sharing your newest challenge. I will be think about you and look forward to seeing you in Omaha in August. M

  4. Judge, the best of luck on your treatment. I have you in my prayers. May only good, physically and spiritually, come from this part of your travels. Dean

  5. I was sorry to see you leave. And, because of circumstances, I cannot be fully happy that you came back. But, get well soon and I hope after your treatment successfully ends you’ll reconsider your decision to close your excellent blog.

  6. So sorry for the diagnosis, but grateful it is a treatable type of cancer. Please keep us informed…there are those of us who miss your blog! Take good care

  7. Sir, I’d only found your blog one post before you pulled the plug but when I saw your email I allowed myself to think that perhaps you’d changed your mind: “Ah, the ole boy found out he missed the roar of the crowd”.

    How I wish that had been the case. Godspeed in your healing and recovery. If there IS any justice in the world, it will be swift and sure.

  8. Best wishes Judge. Am hopeful for years of you ruling against me. Prayers for you and your family.

  9. Shocked to hear this news, but very happy that it is curable. This type of cancer must be like the guidelines, no longer mandating a harsh result. Advisory in the sense it must be properly diagnosed (and treated) but then wholly disregarded! We all wish you the best for a rocket docket recovery!

  10. Wow – what a ride! It’s good to have you back. I hope you will crank up the blog when this thing is licked.
    Good luck and health

  11. Judge,
    Good to see the blog up again! You don’t know how much this weed wacker guy enjoys reading it!!! My family & I pray for your speedy recovery!! Take care.

  12. 7 March 2014


    Uncle Hatch, the resident Pollock, had the same thing. It is imperative U make good use of days to come, family and friends at gatherings, judge Cambridge, the builder of the Legal Mansion on Dodge street, will B there. Your sharing on many years of insight is much appreciated, your pics fabulous i.e.
    the White dog makes fabulous wallpaper. Tell your empire about your good experiences that we may
    learn, thanks judge.

    Chuk Grady
    an sob

  13. Nice to have you back on your Blog! You have been Greatly missed by Many including Me!! My thoughts & prayers are with You as well as Your Loved Ones!!! You are a Winner Judge Kopf, I know You as a Winner!!! Keep us Informed! Wishing You All the Best!!!

  14. Your blog was so very thoughtful, insightful, and downright funny. It is greatly missed. Notification about a new post was like getting a letter from an old friend. How I wish it was a different reason. Godspeed recovery Judge Kopf. Please consider bloging again. Let us know sometimes how you are doing.

  15. I was so excited to see your blog name in my inbox a few minutes ago. I truly miss reading your blogs and plan to return one day soon to read the earlier posts I missed!

    I will be in prayer for your speedy recover. I wonder if you’d consider blogging some of your additional knowledge/previous experiences in the courts while you’re home taking it easy. It would give you something to do – knowing your still affecting many lives!

  16. Judge Kopf,
    It is good to hear from you again, even though it is with news such as this. I hope that you have a speedy recovery and many more years. We need judges (and bloggers) like you.

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  18. Judge Kopf,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope for a speedy and painless recovery.

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  20. God bless you, judge. I will pray for your speedy and complete recovery. Although I do not know you personally, I feel like I do. Your blog created an enduring bond with readers, and we miss the always challenging give-and-take that you so ably crafted.

  21. Sorry, Judge, didn’t see this until today.

    Lousy news, but it’s treatable. Sounds like you’re in good hands. Be a good patient, but enjoy yourself before you start intensive treatment.

    I’ll see if I can dig up another feel better story of lawyering on the frontier. 😉 The squirrel has not reappeared.

    Take care!

  22. Southern Law Student,

    It is great to hear from you too! I look forward to following you as you become the really good lawyer I know you will become.

    All the best.


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