2015 So Far

2014 didn’t end so great.  I got the flu, and I almost pooped my pants.  At least I got to do both of those things with my family, where where I grew up, which is a real pretty place:

The Old Rushland Railroad

Also, despite my last post, I didn’t appreciate (or celebrate) my 39th birthday nearly as much as I’d have liked to.  This might have had something to do with the fact that, unlike my previous birthday, on this one and I didn’t randomly fly to Newfoundland to run a solo marathon in the snow.  And, having NOT done that this time, I realize now that the one bad thing about randomly flying to Newfoundland to run a solo marathon on your birthday is that You Will Never Do Something That Cool On Your Birthday Ever Again, So You Just Made Every Future Birthday A Tiny Bit Lamer, You Big Dummy.

See how hard it is getting older?

See how easy it is to complain?

Especially when you have the flu.  And brain cancer.  At the same time.

I was real depressed.  What a big sad cancerful fluevolent mess I was.  Influenza glioblastoma.

But then I got home, and I went for a drive and a hike and a swim in some hot springs and saw some real pretty mountains, and I managed to turn things around.  I managed to feel a lot better.  I wasn’t sure it would ever happen– I really didn’t know, because I felt really sad.  But it did–  it happened!  Suddenly, I felt a lot better!

And I still do.  I mean, look at those damn mountains!

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So then, feeling better, I drove home from those pretty mountains, because I had to get inside an MRI machine the very next day to find out if my time was or was not up. As I do every 60 days.

So I drove home, and I got inside that MRI machine, and when Dr. Hu came in to tell me the results, this is what he looked like:

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How could any bad news come out of that face?  The answer is: none can.

Dr. Hu and his Dr. Who mug had good news for me, and I’ve got good news for you if you like me having less cancer: The brains look good!

They look so good, in fact, that I didn’t even bother to look at the MRI images, for the very first time in all the MRIs I’ve had since all of this started.  Doc Hoo said there was nothing much to see.  So that’s good.  So then we move on!

Two More Months!  Worry Free!  And I don’t even have the flu anymore!  Let’s celebrate by asking the nurses if there’s any chocolate lying around that I can eat while they stick me in the armpit with experimental brain cancer vaccines!

Success!  And Chocolate!

Success! And Vaccines! And Chocolate!

And while I was sitting there eating chocolates and keeping my arm up in the air for the clinical trial-mandated 15 minutes (complain complain), my mom sent me a picture of me and my grandpop that she’d just found and she thought would make me happy:

Me and Pop Pop, circa 1993

Me and Pop Pop, circa 1993

It did make me happy.  I sure loved that guy a whole lot.  I still do, actually.  And he’s been dead for 20 years now.

See?  Being dead– big whoop!  You’re still awesome if you were awesome, even if you’re not alive anymore!

So that was my MRI day.  It was good day.  And I’ve felt pretty good since then.  To be honest, I’ve felt pretty good since the day before then, when I saw them mountains.  I mean, MRIs can be good, but mountains can be pretty spectacular.

So now I’m back in LA.  And the other day I’m driving by the mall, and a friend texts me and tells me she sees me there.  But I’m not at the mall, I say, I’m in the car by the mall!  This doesn’t make any sense, you crazy person!

But my crazy friend insists, and I’m hungry anyway, so I park the car and go into the mall, to see what the hell is going on.

Oh, there I am!

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You see, a couple months back, some folks at my hospital heard that I had jogged to my latest brain surgery, and they asked me if they could make an ad campaign out of it.  Since they save my life all the time, I felt obligated to say yes.

They also filmed some commercials, which you can see here:

http://cedars-sinai.edu/brain/  (Just click on my weird face and you’ll see a little story and a video.)

Or if you don’t like clicking, there’s a second commercial on YouTube,which I have conveniently e-situated here:

So that happened.  And I guess I’m kinda braincancerfully famous now.  And so is Dutch the Dog!

And so that was January, of 2015.

I am still alive, and feeling pretty Cancerful.  How are you?

9 thoughts on “2015 So Far

  1. I am soooo happy for you. I have just started following you. My brother is no longer with us here on earth but is celebrating in heaven. You are an inspiration to all that has GBM. I love reading your posts. Stay strong and keep fighting. Prayers for you, your family and your doctors

  2. Great to read your update! The photos are wonderful, the mountains are wonderful and you are wonderful. Keep taking care of yourself and soak up all the love! Ms. H

  3. Sorry you were sick and sad…. Glad you got better! Love your ad !!! And that your MRI was good!!!! Love your updates! Praying for you. 😄

  4. What a lovely post Chad. Continued happy Dr Hu / Who days! And thank you, thank you, thank you for reaching out to my friend Dori to offer advise as her daughter Dayna begins her journey.

  5. I was just watching 60 Minutes, and Duke University is being highlighted for their research about Glioblastoma. They are using the Polio Virus to destroy the Glioblastoma Cancer. Two people have been cured and have been cancer free for 3 years. There are 11 people who have surpassed their death date by 6 months to 33 months. I wanted you to have this information. Maybe you already know about it, or, I imagine your friends and family are emailing you right now. We all want you to have the result the first two people of the study have received. I want to see your musical made starring you, of course.
    Best wishes,
    Dawn

  6. Hey Chad, thanks so much for writing this blog. My dad, Irwin, is starting on this journey – he’s actually getting his white blood cells centrifuged out today for Dr. Hu’s neurosphere trial, and my step mom tells me that you are maybe meeting with them. I read much of your blog today (don’t tell my boss), and if nothing else, I feel like maybe my expectations are calibrated a little better. And you answered my biggest question that I haven’t asked yet, which is the matter of placebos, and the fact that there are none in this Phase 1 trial. So, thank you for being willing to share your experience. Take care, and happy almost 3rd Chanceiversary!

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