Dennis Carter:  

CLASS OF 1985
Raymond High SchoolClass of 1985
Raymond, WA
Seattle, WA
Nampa, ID
Palouse, WA

Dennis's Story

School I wonder... will anyone read this? Whoever you are, I wonder what might interest you? I guess it might be interesting to know I received my medical degree at UW, went to Duke for residency, and thus didn't get a "real job" until a full 14 years after high school. But it was worth it! I'm now a radiation oncologist, treating cancer with radiation, and love my job. As I said for some promotional in a local mall... “Crazy as it sounds, I love treating cancer. Why? In oncology we have the honor to provide information, share encouragement, improve quality of life, and offer a chance for cure at a critical time in people’s lives.” I have had the privilege of publishing about a half dozen research articles in national oncology journals. Ok, now this is starting to get boring… I’ll switch gears. Mid-way through medical school, I married Susan. We met in Othello, Washington, singles hotbed of America I'm sure. Though we got started a bit late, we now have 3 kids, ages 6 months, 20 months, and 4 years (as of Oct 2004). We love our kids; they are "the coolest". It's a busy household, and Susan is staying home with them. Though it was an adjustment at first (especially for her), we were able to do it and feel incredibly blessed. We live in Denver, CO. Our lives are probably too busy. Of course, a big portion of my time is invested in work. We are quite involved in our local church. Monthly I am invited to participate in a 2 hour call in radio program in Denver where we answer general medical questions, as well as cancer specific questions. We try to stay active. Susan is a good skier, and I have taken up the sport. We have extensive bike trails in the area, which we love. I still play basketball, mostly pickup games. I run occasionally, but not because I like it. I've participated in a couple of triathlons, which were kind of fun… though my times are nothi...Expand for more
ng to brag about. In the last couple of years, we've climbed 12 "14ers" (i.e. mountains over 14,000 feet). I don’t really have time to be a dedicated athlete, by any means. These are just things we do to try to stay healthy and have fun. I still consider myself to be conservative in my political views, but am no doubt less conservative than I was in high school. I am no less idealistic. We've had our share of tough times. Both her parents have died. My best friend from college drowned 2 days before graduation. We have other close friends who we have also passed on. There are other things too, which I won't get into with "whoever might be reading this." Suffice it to say, these life experiences teach a certain perspective that we feel has matured us. I continue to have a strong Christian faith, which more than anything "defines" my highest priorities, really my life. My faith is by no means "blind." I am very much "a thinker", and many things have led me to the conclusion that my faith is based on sound principles. But because of this faith, we have a hope that sustained us through some of the difficult times. Also because of my faith, I do my best to pursue a life of integrity and to have a meaningful positive impact on those around me, which also has really defined much of who I am today. I sincerely hope that my classmates from high school are “doing well”. Whoever is reading this… I hope you are happy. I hope you pursue dreams and are still able to dream new dreams. I hope your have learned what is important in life, and have aligned your life decisions with those priorities. If you don’t mind me saying, I hope you are aware of the gift offered by Christ. I hope you feel like you are living a life of meaning. Oops, we are getting a bit deep. I didn’t mean for it to happen, though I can’t say I didn’t mean the words spoken. Well, may we meet again…
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