Friday, December 2, 2011


After meeting with a number of doctors and other experts following the results of my recent PET scan I decided to get treatment at a private oncology clinic. Most of the doctors I met with recommended the same course of chemotherapy but this one also offered some additional "targeted treatments", the use of amino acids, a concentration on nutrition, supplements, meditation and breathing exercises.
I started yesterday, Phil came with me. It's sort of a high end place, so chatting with the clientele was interesting. We were there most of the day. Early on, I felt nauseous and was gagging into a bucket, just then the doctor walked by and told me to rub a bit of green powder he had in his pocket under my nose. It worked to make me feel better. He had just gotten back from India and was interested in trying out some of his new "alternative" medications.
So far the chemo is OK, a little nausea and my hands feel tingly and numb (it's hard to type). We asked about this weird photograph (there a few like this around the office) but the doctor just said it had to do with offerings and meditation. I look forward to getting to the bottom of this.


  1. I'm into the doctor's speech impediment. Adults who know what they are doing and are confident and have a good-sounding speech impediment have a special way about them. It's like Jeff Foster's concept of the Verbal Backrub, except the content comes through as well.

  2. hello sir
    I believe corn is a sacrificial offering of native americans. I don't know too much about it, but i've heard of the legend of the Corn Mother. the offerings are for her, but i suppose they could be for anyone. I could be totally wrong about your doctor's offerings though.
    either way, sounds like the kind of doctor I'd want to go to, speech impediment and all
    much Love

  3. Dave,
    Your Thanksgiving meal sounds amazing -not surprisingly.
    I'm sorry to hear about the scan results but am glad you are pursuing all the best possible treatment. This all sounds really really hard.
    I'm on this space ship movie still, but would love to see you some time when it's over, maybe over the holidays or at the beginning of the new year.
    Thinking of you ,

  4. Wow, this is so interesting. Without violating privacy - what kinds of other people are there? Adults? Kids? Curious about that green powder. I think I need some of that. Just spent two days on a boat filming great whites. The water was so rough, I up-chucked 3 days of food - worried my vomit would attract the great whites - then felt the boat was too small (flashback/JAWS: we're gonna need a bigger boat) - freaked & hightailed it back to land with 10 other crew and the Set Medic! Dumb, but true. Power to ya, mate.

  5. Thinking about you every day! <3 gregory

  6. Think of you all the time! Hang in there.

  7. Think about you all the time. Sorry to hear about the new round of efforts to fight this shit. Stay strong.

  8. Phil has told me a little bit about what's been going on, but I am so glad to have read your blog. It's made me really sad and really happy at the same time. I can tell it's hard, but also that you're surrounded by friends and so much love.

    Thinking of you.


  9. I don't know you but I think about you every day and I send you my best wishes and vibes and energy all day long. What a lovely effect you clearly have on so many so close to you and those so far away. xo

  10. I also got a good update from Phil, but nothing beats reading your blog, Dave. I'm also thinking about you every day, and although I don't get inspired very easily these days, there's something so true and credible about your voice here, that I can't help but be lifted up by your spirit. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

  11. i don't know what to make of the corn except that it seems right somehow, but pls yes do get to the bottom of it.