Wednesday, April 16, 2008

day +239

Sad news came yesterday that Senator Arlen Specter, the author of the newly released book, Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma after about a two year remission. Read more here.

Tonight at 9PM EST on PBS, the documentary film, The Truth About Cancer, will premiere. Its website describes the film as:

Part science, part personal catharsis, part character-driven storytelling, The Truth About Cancer is narrated by Linda Garmon [award-winning filmmaker], who tells the moving story of her husband's battle with cancer. Over the course of the film, Garmon returns to the same Boston-area hospitals at which her husband was treated, and exposes startling truths about survival rates of metastisized cancers, and the limited success of drugs and clinical trials. Interwoven throughout are the stories of three additional cancer patients, and their families and doctors, as they navigate the deeply personal decisions surrounding the disease. The documentary also follows several medical professionals working to promote screening, research the latest developments in cancer treatment, and help patients and their families live with a cancer diagnosis.

Click here to read a review of this program in today's NY Post.

On Monday, I began the tapering of my Tacrolimus (Prograf) dosage. For months, the dosage has remained at 1.25mg (2.5ml) but on Monday I reduced the evening dosage to 1mg (2ml). Every week hereafter the plan is for me to continue to reduce it with the idea that by August 4th I'll be off this immunosuppressive drug completely.

Yesterday Clare and I spent the morning at the Met. This marked my first visit there since last summer during the last days before I was admitted to Sloan-Kettering for the start of treatment. Walking through its Great Hall and its galleries brought back a lot of pleasant memories. I have always found great inspiration in art and ever since I first was awakened by its captivating magic back in high school, that grand institution has remained a kind of inspirational refuge for me. My most beloved part of the museum continues to be the American Wing. To me, there's no other area of the museum like it. It's home to one of the largest and most impressive collections of Hudson River School art in the country. For lovers of HRS art and in general landscape art such as myself, it's like a temple where works of America's greatest landscape masters - Church, Cole, and Bierstadt - lie in eternal glory surrounded by other geniuses, such as Homer and Remington. (There's no surprise why I'm eager to make it out to the open, scenic lands of Big Sky Country and the West, right?) Unfortunately, this part of the museum is undergoing renovation, so I was denied the opportunity to behold such transcendent beauty this time around. Nevertheless, we did manage to check out these exhibitions: Jasper Johns: Gray, Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960, and New Galleries for Oceanic Art.

This morning I went up to Wave Hill for the second time in two weeks. I had wanted to visit it last year, but wasn't able to so I finally did so for the first time last week. I snapped these today.


Comment Anonymous EFG said...

the flowers from Wave Hill are spectacular. thanks for sharing a vision of Spring!

8:12 AM  
Comment Blogger Jane Steele said...

I watched "The Truth About Cancer". It was a very good documentary. Did you watch it? What did you think?

How have you been feeling since the change of your medication? I hope your feeling well.

Also, I'm not sure if you subscribe to Kelsi Cruse's notifications or not but she is back in the hospital. If you have a chance check out her updates. She is such a fighter. I hope that they figure out what is causing her to be sick and the headaches.

Take care and have a great weekend!
- Jane

7:48 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Jane,

Indeed, I did catch "Truth About Cancer," which I think is really great. I like the personal stories, but also seeing the doctors in the lab as well. It was remarkably candid and powerful and yes, also very sad as well. Overall, well done!

Since the reduction in my meds, I've felt fine. No noticeable changes yet. Let's hope things stay that way. ;)

Thanks for the update about Kelsi! I wasn't aware that she was in the hospital. I'm going to visit her site now. Thanks!

Be well, friend.

2:02 PM  

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