April 22, 2010 has a dual significance in my life. It was the day that I was diagnosed with nearly a Stage III blood cancer. I was told it would take my life within one year if I refused treatment, an option I was seriously considering.
It was also the day that Illinois State Drug Inspector Dan Murphy drove out to the Melrose Park Clinic to inform Joseph Giacchino that he was no longer a licensed medical doctor in the State of Illinois. According to sources, Giacchino began screaming and throwing things as Murphy removed his medical license from his office wall.
In my opinion, the timing of these two matters was perfect. If it were not for the overwhelming joy of learning about Giacchino’s suspension, which trumped everything else going on in my life, I might not be alive today. Dr. Giacchino, thank you for keeping me here.
Sometime over the summer of 2010, I received an anonymous message from someone who I suspected to be Giacchino. The author of the message told me that he “knows that I am dying of cancer,” that he “hopes that I suffer a great deal of pain while I die” and that “I should be dead by the end of the year, which will be the time Giacchino gets his medical license back.”
Well, please be advised, anonymous message sender, that at the end of the year, 2010, I tested negative for cancer and was told that I am in full remission. I pray that it stays that way. However, I have noticed after doing a medical license search today on the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations website, Dr. Giacchino did not get his medical license back.