My Story

Updates in Journal about every 2 weeks or so.

Personal email:  May be slow response. 

Be of good cheer, 


On September 18, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor on my left temporal lobe, the part of your brain that controls speech and communication. This was a 1 ½ inch mass.

On Monday, September 24, I had surgery to remove most of the tumor. The following Thursday I found out the cancer I have is GBM, called Glioblastomo Multiforme.

Please go to this link:

The difficult news on GBM: its an aggressive cancer, that is usually fatal in 12 to 15 months. 

This background was updated in late April, about 8 months from the diagnosis back in September. Currently I am walking a bit slow, the tumor has grown some which is presenting some new challenges but they are manageable.

David Rishel has moved in with me, but is not acting as daily care giver. David runs his own business, I have some quiet time and seeing friends for lunch, etc. 

Some changes: my energy is good, taking time for my own artwork and listening to lots of books-on-tape, spending lots of time with my close community in NC and my family and connecting with many of you - your comments are always energizing!.

I am feeling positive about this journey. These months and those in the future I see as a celebration of life - taking every day, every week as gifts to be cherished. I encourage you to share this positive karma with me.

This site has allowed me to post the history to date and for you guys to leave me comments and share good wishes. YOUR GOOD VIBES continue to lift my spirits. I am bouncing MY GOOD VIBES back at ya. 

Best love. Be of good cheer. 



betsy kahn posted a new journal entry, "The last entry".

All, it has been two weeks since Robert made his transition and there have been no updates because frankly, there were no updates. Obviously. For anyone in Wilmington, ... Read more

fritzi huber signed Robert's Guestbook.

Processing this passing will take some time, as well as Saturday's shared closure. I pass The Firehouse every morning driving down 5th. After Robert's departure there were ... Read more

Chet Fisher signed Robert's Guestbook.

I don't think anyone really expected Robert to actually die. I know i certainly did not. It all happened so fast. There was little time to prepare myself for the loss I ... Read more

Meira Warshauer signed Robert's Guestbook.

So blessed to have known Robert just a little.  He once loaned me a projector for a new CD release event at WHQR, and when I returned it to the firehouse and went ... Read more

Julie signed Robert's Guestbook.

Oh Robert.... There just are no words. Ours was just a friendship - a beautiful friendship. I didn't know you professionally, and so I have nothing to say about your ... Read more

Jon Stout signed Robert's Guestbook.

Betsy, David, Judith and all those who held Robert in a halo of love, and who tended to the rest of us with care as well, thank you for your generous souls. I will be with ... Read more

Annie Otten signed Robert's Guestbook.

Somehow, we all have been continually connected to Robert via the Caring Bridge.  "The Last Entry" hit me in the pit of my stomach.  This is ... Read more

Louise Rosen signed Robert's Guestbook.

We crossed paths regularly for a stretch but had the chance to really connect only a few times. You and your work have been inspiring and energizing for so many; it ... Read more

michael douglas signed Robert's Guestbook.

Robert, my heart is full...  in there, is joy... because you are a friend, someone I love, and knowing you love me is a great comfort.... until we meet again, keep it ... Read more

Deborah A Culp signed Robert's Guestbook.

Hello, my name is Deborah A. Culp, I am a Freelance Journalist with 20 plus, years in the Media business. I moved to Wilmington, NC about 2 1/2  years ago and originally ... Read more

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