At about 5:30pm I got a call from the oncologist. He said that based on the new images, he is confident in saying that what he saw earlier is not any new tumor growth. So that finishes it all up! I'm done with treatments!!! In searching for a celebratory thing to post alongside the announcement, I found that in the Philippines, there's something called a "Pyromusical" competition.....I must investigate this further!
I really want to express my thanks for all of the support from so far and wide...I've been told that there was a mass dedicated to me in Branson, MO, that my name was put on the Western Wall in Jerusalem, TWO(!) independent musician instigated fundraisers, visitors, assistance with lawnmowing and other yard work, and the truly humbling amount of support of family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, people I've met only once, and people I've never even met at all wishing me well. I am glad to say that it worked wonders for me and I am greatly appreciative.
The future looks good. There is still the close monitoring: I'll have another MRI in about 3 months to see if anything else has started. I guess (and this is my medical opinion as a musician) that I'll have another three months after that and if those are good, than another six months after that. We'll see. This time, I am most happy to wait three months before having another MRI done. It feels good to know that barring any sudden weird stuff, I don't have to worry about the availability of those three months of living!
Here's my cello piece entitled "Happy Dance" as played by Arnold Friedman!
(The artwork below was done by Kathleen Elmore!)
It's me, Kevin, but with a brain tumor. Disclaimer: I have a very dry and twisted sense of humor. This is a scary situation. The jokes ("tumor humor") could be a little dark from time to time. I intend to keep this rather interesting for you, but if I get a "how could you SAY that?!?" response from you, know it's just, well, I hesitate to use "gallows" humor, but I don't have better phrase for it. Enjoy, and thanks for your support through this time.