Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Update - Sue Yom, MD, PhD; Etc.

A friend shared the following with me yesterday -

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

I think this says a ton about my life and my career. I have been fortunate to be touched by so many people. And I don't just mean those that have been my "bosses". I mean everyone I have worked with and had the pleasure to know. One of the greatest gifts this whole cancer thing has given me is a better understanding of just this. I have received so many voicemails, emails, cards, notes, etc. Please know that you have all touched me in a very profound way. I AM TRULY BLESSED AND INFINITELY GREATFUL!

I spent most of yesterday afternoon talking to and being examined by Sue Yom, MD PhD. Dr. Yom is a Radiation Oncologist and she has a great sense of humor. I am beginning to understand how big a role laughter will play in my treatment and recovery. It is a constant for the doctors and care providers I have come in contact with at UCSF. I learned a great deal about the radiation aspect of my treatment. She spent considerable time with her hand and fingers in my mouth and throat. According to her I am a great patient. Must be because I didn't bite her or throw up on her.

Dr. Yom said I would be a great candidate for a national protocol clinical study under way at UCSF. (If you want to know more, google it at RTOG 0522). This is great news. I am processing the information and Joyce and I will be making a decision with the aid of our Inner Circle. I again want to thank Jim Kelley, Jim Gebhardt and Sue Edelmann for being there for me and my family. I love them dearly.

Lastly, but certainly not least. We here at TY had an addition to our family. Monica and Tim Lawver brought Michael Timothy Lawver into our world late last Saturday eveneing. I am so happy for them and hope that he brings much joy and fullfillment into their lives. I certainly know they will love him as much as any two parents possibly can.

Bye for now.

Be well!


joyce said...

Hello friends and family,

Many of you have asked what you can do to help. I know one thing that is being planned is a meal delivery program that will begin in a few weeks. You can contact Nancee Yago (nyago@yagofamily.com) if you'd like to get on her list. (Not that I'm already begging for meals or anything!)

Another idea that I learned of from the blog of a friend of mine who has just begun chemo also seems like it could be a big help as Glen heads into treatment. It would be great to build a "library of dvds for him/us to watch in the coming month(s). If you have dvds that we could have on hand (label them with your name) that would be a great resource. Season sets of tv shows might be interesting - for example 24, Weed (the tv series sillies), anything HBO (though we watch most of them straight through!), etc. Movies are of course, also an excellent option.

Thanks again to all of you who have provided so much emotional support for the last month plus. The outpouring of love has been wonderful, heartwarming and strengthening.

xxoo joyce

PS Is anyone besides me reading this thing???!!!

Ghia said...

Hi Joyce! I'm reading---and praying for your family...

Miss you!

Karyn said...

Hello Glen and Joyce--I am trying again to leave a comment...I am sending you heartfelt prayer and positive thoughts. Glen, you're willingness to share your journey to outstanding health is a blessing for us all. Love you both! Karyn