The Rule of Three


Omne Trium Perfectum is Latin for “everything that comes in threes is perfect,” or, “every set of three is complete.” In common parlance it’s known as The Rule of Three.

The “rule of three” is a principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. … A series of three is often used to create a progression in which the tension is created, then built up, built up even more, and finally released.

Things have “built up” in my life leading to surgery on Friday to deal with my third cancer in three years:

  • Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, June, 2008
  • Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, February, 2009
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, July, 2011

I have recently undergone three tests to confirm the cancer:

  • CT scan
  • PET scan
  • MRI

I have three doctors who are collaborating on my case:

  • Dr. Kurbeguv, hematologist-oncologist
  • Dr. Hazuka, radiation oncologist
  • Dr. Cichone, ENT surgeon

There is nothing “perfect” about the Rule of Three when it comes to cancer. I can only hope my set of three is “complete.”

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