Journey Woman

This is crazy. My recent post about Meredith’s eye is bruising my ego. We all know that men’s self-esteem is built on bluster and can be carried away by a stiff wind. The numbers are not blowing my way. I have received more responses about Meredith than from any of the nearly 150 Posts I have written, many about me. You sure like/love her. I don’t get it. I mentioned that to Brooke, who suggested I am not as interesting and certainly hardly as entertaining as my wife. She sure knows how to hurt a guy.
Then Brooke sends me the most up to date Google Analytics, which traces the rise in the number of hits from about 30 thousand per month to more that 53 thousand since early last week when Meredith’s unfortunate accident was revealed at great expense to me. After years of fighting MS, it has become obvious to me that life is not fair. And now this.
I have learned that people like Meredith. A lot. By coincidence, so do I. I called Meredith to tell her about this unhappy development. The woman wondered if she should take over the blog. I hung up on her. I assume someone will now chastise me for being disrespectful to my wife. We seem to have a sense of humor gap at work here. I respect Meredith. I wish her well with her new Journey Woman blog.

19 Responses to Journey Woman

  1. Jan1 August 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Richard, you are irreplaceable.

  2. dale August 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    I saw it coming. The floodgates opened and some jackasses came out. People can be pathetic when it comes to ‘celebrities’. Some feel they own piece of you. Creepy.

    I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame and learned early on I’d rather be holding the camera than in front of it. People can be stupid. So can some reporters. btw I’m not talking your wife, but she should have seen it coming too.

    Hang tough, we’ve got your back.

    • Yvonne August 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Meredith is very popular but remember she had millions watching as she told the story of the black eye and Hoda gave your blog info to those viewers. I saw the show and my vote for the funniest version of that story goes to you :-). Your blog may not draw a larger viewership because you don’t have the marketing”pow” of a today’s show segment. However, your steady viewers appreciate your frankness and wit around the topics, specifically chronic diseases, discussed here.

    • Richard M. Cohen August 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Please don’t worry. We are used to this. I love giving Meredith grief in print. And she is a good sport.


  3. dale August 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    Figured but some of the stupid comments annoyed me. Sure you’ve had way worse being in the spotlight for so long. Just can’t help that old Momma Bear ready to rip someone’s face off when they dis something good and special and important to me.

    So faces will remain intact. For now. But keep in mind some of us have gotten kinda protective of this group and the guy that gets to wear the Grand Poobah hat.


    • Richard M. Cohen August 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      Don’t worry about him. Jerk.


  4. Christopher August 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    The virtual world could certainly use more examples like that. But too many people online are steadfastly myopic, with their fingers in their ears.

    Now, if there just was a way to convince people to do more searching online to broaden their knowledge instead of focusing on the notoriety bandwagon… who knows.

  5. Hannah August 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Isn’t hanging up on people so much fun?! I prefer doing it with a corded telephone because there is much more satisfaction in slamming that down as compared to pushing an “end call” touch-screen button with rage.


    To get back to our regular business about HOPE, I saw a commercial the other day for Neutrogena wrinkle cream, and seriously one of the lines in the commercial was “Hope doesn’t work on wrinkles.” And I thought about this blog immediately, and then I also laughed. Can we literally discuss the deeper meaning of that line? Wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging, right? So according to Neutrogena, there is no hope for a solution to them. Is that sickly related to “diagnose and adios” situations that RMC has described in the past? Food for thought, I guess. No hope for disease, no hope for wrinkles. Maybe our media incubates a hopeless world.

    But…RMC, you could use that little line as a chapter title in your book, except you would change it to “Hope Doesn’t Work On Black Eyes.” Then what you’ll do is put things around your house so M can trip on them, and then you’ve got a chapter written for you! Hey, it’ll push up sales according to the blog data.


    • Richard M. Cohen August 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Thank you so much, but hope doesn’t wrinkle. Wait a minute I think I am on to something. Still at HBS?


  6. CP August 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    When are you going to get your own Sirius satellite show? You’re definitely entertaining , but in a cerebral way. You’re funny, intelligent, encouraging, and enlightening. You’re like a seasoned professor that educates while fostering a desire to learn more. I’d listen (as long as you’re not on opposite Howard).

    • Richard M. Cohen August 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

      Talked with Sirikus. Not intertestedf.


      • CP August 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

        Maybe you talked to the wrong people. The chronically ill need a voice and there’s such an array of topics that could be discussed. Maybe tech savvy Brooke can set you up to do a Podcast.

  7. Cassie August 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    You sir, are my new favorite person. 🙂

  8. Jeff August 18, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Capitalize on it Richard – just mention Meredith once a week and watch the ad money pour in 🙂

  9. here i am August 18, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    I wonder if it’s a thing… My lovely wife/care giver is the most accident prone person I have ever met. She’s a doctor so I will insist that she is plenty “smart” but man have I watched her walk directly into many things. It just makes me wonder if its something in the air around us that draws them in.

    ps. long time reader, first timer posting. And yes, It did take Meredith to get me into the fray. 🙂

    • Richard M. Cohen August 19, 2015 at 7:42 am #



  10. Cassie August 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    By the way, I’ve never watched a show that your wife was on, I just know her as a lovely person, and that she is on television. My first thought when I see her name written is Taylor Swift’s cat. So it takes my brain a split second to work that out. What really made me want to come read more was YOU. You are very cool. 🙂

  11. Amy Corcoran-Hunt August 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m not the most popular one in my family either. What can you do? I have some appealing traits. People would kinda agree with that.

  12. Nik August 18, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Sure Meredith is famous, funny and entertaining. My mom talks about how much she loves her and I talk about this blog and how it’s my comic relief. Even those fools who jumped on you in the last blog gave me a chuckle. Any fool knows you two are as solid as a rock.
    Don’t tell Meredith, but I was trying to get tickets to her show only to get the chance to tell her how much your blog has helped me this past year after diagnosis. Ha!

    She can keep on entertaining on us on TV while you keep entertaining us here. Win -win.