Greg, How Are You?

Pasadena Calling

by on Mar.22, 2012, under The Days

It’s on.  Going to Duarte in mid April.  Preliminary tests start after another round of chemo.

Dad and I went down there Tuesday (on 24 hours notice) and cruised San Dimas near the reservoir for trailer parking, Duarte for restaurants and the area of Azusa and Baldwin park for best routes to and from the hospital.  Smog.  Five lane highways.  Somewhat hazy hills just four miles north.  Gravel pits.  LA river or some such canal.  No worries, I’ll be focused mostly on four walls.

We left at 3:30 am from SLO, beat traffic, caught a breakfast slam, first in line at reception.  Quick blood test.  Long wait for Dr. Chen.  Little if any new information.  Approval to start preliminary tests.

Rough plan:

  • Move down there mid april.  Parents bring their fifth wheel trailer.
  • Week of prep and poison.
  • Infusion of baby cells.
  • 3 or 4 weeks in the hospital bubble.
  • 3 months in a cottage on the City of Hope 70 acre campus.  Avoiding infections.
  • Then I have a new immune system, maybe a new blood type.  Ideally no tumors.

I’m not excited, though this has been the Next Goal for several months.  It’s hard to consider being away from home and friends for four months.  And it won’t be exactly ‘pleasant’ in the process.  The agony of not being at work has long since faded into the comfort of no work stress and now the novelty of time off is pretty shot.  I don’t fear roll of the dice for an 80% survival rate on the process.  I’m going in at a good weight.  The odds of a cure are about 50/50 and the law of averages is in my favor after missing the targets the last few years.  Plus, I kick ass.  So there.


7 comments for this entry:
  1. Zannie

    Do you know yet what your ability to have visitors will be?

  2. jen

    You do kick a**, please just don’t kick mine. I miss you as we haven’t sushied (yes, it’s a verb) in a while.

  3. Abe

    Hey Greg, Abe here. If you ever need a place to stay in LA area, please feel free to come stay with Lisa and myself. We are about 45 minutes from Duarte, so if you have trips to make there before you settle in and don’t feel like getting up at ungodly hours to drive a couple hundred miles, there is a place you can stay down here (I would be happy to put up anyone else that comes with you as well).

    Keep kicking ass.

  4. Geoff

    Wooooohoooo. Will start the prep for more long and short range firing support and coverage from Norcal SG.


  5. Bill E.

    Yahoo! I know it’s hard, but I’m up here beaming fierce love at you all the time—which has to help some, right? =) If I can do more, though, just say the word.

    Keep on truckin’, Greg. You’re my favorite of all the ass-kickers.


  6. Dave Andersonl

    Dear Bro.
    Every school day begins with you in mind and in prayer.
    And in the wee hours of the morning when I can’t sleep because of my own pain, the rosary finds my fingers and I pray for you and several other of my friends who, like you, are fighting this good fight. Wish I could do more, but maybe it’s what I/we need to do…just be there in spirit, prayer, and love with you. Just know that and put it in your heart. Love, Dave.

  7. Cyn

    So glad to hear that this is gonna happen! Heap big nubs flowing your way.

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