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.
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