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Dear Friends and Family,
Well, the full story is still unfolding but here's what we know for sure. In January of this year it was discovered that my spleen was enlarged to about the size of a football (discovered after some aches and pains that didn't seem to want to go away). After tons of inconclusive testing, my spleen was removed in June. I weathered the surgery and was feeling in good health. Erin and I completed a 100 mile bike ride to Santa Cruz, and back, only last month. The bad news is there was a cancerous mass discovered in the spleen tissue and I was diagnosed with Hepatosplenic alpha beta T-Cell Lymphoma. This is a particularly rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. And, while it was hoped the cancer cells might have been contained exclusively in the spleen, a recent PET scan (my second) showed some suspicious lymph nodes. The hard-hitting nature of this disease necessitates an equally agressive treatment. The team at Stanford has decided to pursue a round (maybe two) of ESHAP chemotherapy followed by an allogeneic stem cell transplant.
For the last year I have been living in Mountain View with the love of my life Erin. She works in San Jose as a third grade teacher and I'm a site supervisor for Palo Alto Community Childcare.
Needless to say, this has been a torrent of tough news and I will need all of your support, love and prayers to help me stay strong during this challenging time. The support from my work has been phenominal and the outreach of family and friends amazing.
I'm heading off to Texas on Wednesday for a South West Thanksgiving, so I just wanted to say "Happy Turkey Day" to everyone before I go. I hope you all enjoy your families and remember that there's a lot to be thankful for in this world. We'll be making a special toast to all the love warriors on Thursday, so keep your senses open and you'll feel the good vibes! Talk to you soon. Peace ~G