Saturday, May 23, 2015


Unknown to me at the time of my lectures at Stanford University, I had Cancer. I had been misdiagnosed with TMJ. I was diagnosed Stage IV a few months later with Cancer of the tongue, hence my use of a water bottle during my talks. During the diagnostic scans it was also discovered that I had a brain bleed (a minor stroke), but at the time suspected to be further Cancer, of the brain. In May 2014 I had brain surgery, performed expertly by Dr. Marco Lee, and no tumor was found (the bleed was superficial only). After almost two weeks in the ICU VMC trauma unit, there followed seven weeks of Radiation and Chemo Therapy as treatment for my Cancer.

The book discussed in my November lecture was placed on hold. This is a note simply to say that I am recovering well, although my power of speech is currently diminished. I have returned to my research with the refreshed vigor that comes of facing my mortality. I expect the book now by the end of this year (2015) probably to be published in early 2016 ... subject to my continuing recovery and good health. I apologize for the delay, the book is sure to be better as a result of this experience :-)

My thanks to Doctors and Nurses at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the Sobrato Cancer Center and the Stanford Cancer Center who have helped me over the past year. In particular, Dr. Harlan Pinto of Stanford (ENT Oncology),  Dr. Kimberly Shepherd (ENT), Dr. Marco Lee (Neurology), Dr. Albert Lin (Chemo) and especially Dr. Nam Cho (Radio Therapy) and Lisa Liang (Nutrition) of VMC. A special call out to the many residents, nurses, and assistants that work with these doctors and all those doctors and nurses in the Stanford ER - only a few of whom the names I can recall.  I have been well cared for on every step of the journey and cannot say enough in praise.

Extra special thanks to my wife Debbie who has stood by me and stood in for me over the past year. As a sign of our appreciation she donated the Debbie's work "What Horses Dream Of" to VMC. You can see it at VMC Radio Therapy in the Sobrato Cancer Center.

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