I am writing this as the calm of the Labor Day holiday is about to fade in the rear view mirror. All too soon we will be sprinting into Fall with no respite until Thanksgiving. After a refreshing summer, it is time to get down to business.

Later this week I will be in Houston for the annual meeting of M.D. Anderson's "Anderson Network" of survivors. I am honored they have asked me to participate in several events. I am eager to meet in person some of the inspiring patient-guests who have joined me on M.D. Anderson webcasts.

Thinking about being a cancer survivor, and reminding myself cancer is a failure of one's immune system, I have been troubled these past few days by a wicked sore throat – apparently not bacterial and Strep (it didn't respond to antibiotic treatment). Each painful swallow has reminded me my immune system, 12 years after leukemia diagnosis, may still be "nicked" from either the cancer or the powerful chemotherapy treatment. We cancer survivors always have that small voice in the background that calls out that we may not be "out of the woods."

But, despite relatively minor aches and pains, Fall brings a quickening pace and there is so much to do. When it comes to empowering other patients, I couldn't be more excited and dedicated. And I am grateful some influential partners have been offering to help. There's the feeling, after three and a half years, we are reaching a critical mass.

As August was winding down, I was happy to be at a lunch in Ann Arbor, Michigan organized by my new friend, Doug Dormer. Doug is a long-time resident there who regularly brings a mix of influential "doers" together at lunchtime. I met Doug at a Microsoft HealthVault conference near Seattle. Given that my son would be attending the University of Michigan as a freshman this Fall, I enlisted Doug's help as a nervous, first-time parent of a U of M student. He was terrific. And the lunch he organized for me and my son sowed the seeds of things that can positively affect Patient Power: At the lunch last week Doug introduced me to documentary film producer Laurie White. Once she told me she had grown up in Flint, Michigan I asked her if she knew one of Flint's native sons, documentarian Michael Moore ("Roger and Me," "Bowling for Columbine," and "Sicko," among others. Not only does she now him very well, she was the producer of "Roger and Me" and her husband, a physician, was medical advisor on "Sicko." Could she help arrange a Patient Power interview on the lessons of "Sicko" as the presidential campaign heats up? Very probably so. Across the table was Don Blumenstein, an expert in information sciences, as is his wife. She also holds a top position in that area for U of Michigan and may well be helpful in our effort to win support from the university's elite medical center. What an exciting lunch!

In the meantime, on our own, we are adding "P2TV" to bring you video clips and showcase ones you send us. And we are working "P2 Minis," shorter versions of 30 and 60 minute programs to give users highlights and then the ability to dig deeper. Plus there will be many new programs featuring top experts and inspiring patients from an expanding array of respected medical institutions.

Okay, we are at the September starting line now with enthusiasm, energy and so much to do! Ready to move us forward together? I hope so. And I can already smell that Thanksgiving turkey. Now we just have to sprint to get there.

Wishing you and your family the best of health!