I just wanted to drop a line and felt it was high time for an update. But first and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you that contributed to helping me cover my medical costs during what has been an intensely difficult (albeit victorious) year, and that’s putting it mildly. Thank you for the generous donations, cards, flowers, words of sympathy and encouragement. From people I have known my whole life, to total strangers. It was you that kept me going when I felt weak and discouraged. You will never truly know the level of gratitude I feel based on the kindness and support shown to me by such amazing people. I am truly humbled.
Hard to believe, but, it has been just over six months since my surgery, and the last doctor I saw, referred to me by saying “you HAD cancer.” It’s not full-blown remission, but things are looking very positive for me to tow that line. I will need to remain vigilant for the rest of my life, but I have an excellent team of doctors and caregivers looking after me.
Since my diagnosis, I have met many people (some my age, and even younger) that have been diagnosed, some family members, and even co-workers that have been diagnosed before and after me, and still did not win their battle after a valiant effort. It has been a very sobering year. But people want to know “how are you doing it?” How are you managing to kick cancer’s ass?
The best thing I can say is research, research, research! I did a lot of reading while I was in recovery and learned a tremendous amount in how large a role diet plays in our general health and overall well-being. Seems simple right? But it was a huge eye-opener for me.
I also cannot stress enough the importance of watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives.
These resources have been a big key to my success so far.
I am wishing all of you a happy and healthy holiday season and an even better 2013!
Thanks again to all of you, I will never forget all that you did for me in my time of need. You really delivered.
All the best,
4/27/12 Donate to DJ Wednesday!
Hello and welcome to my page!
I am a dj based out of Portland, Oregon but originally from Southern California. I had my own radio show Generation Death from 1994-2008 at KSPC 88.7 out of Claremont College. I was also the resident dj at the nightclub Bar Sinister from 2002-2008 as well as dee-jaying for clubs Violane and Wumpskate. I now do a monthly night in Portland on the first Friday of each month called Brickbat Mansion.
I have recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and will need a very expensive surgery that is to take place within the next month. The recovery on this type of surgery will be long, and is further compounded by the fact that I have been struggling with an extreme case of endometriosis for the last decade. Unfortunately, the state of Oregon does not mandate short-term disability insurance the way that California does, which means, not only will I have crazy medical bills, I also will not have any paid time off while I'm in recovery (it's an 8-week recovery), with the likelihood of chemo and/or radiation therapy post-surgery, which also does not run cheap.
Here's where you come in. I am humbly enlisting the help of friends, family and acquaintances alike. Even the smallest donation would be a great help. If you are a fan of the nights I have brought to Los Angeles and Portland, this would be a lovely way to show your appreciation for what I do, and will continue to do. This has been a very hard thing for me to ask, but this has been a very unexpected development in my life.
Thanks in advance for anything you can contribute.