Dr. De Vos was there along with many of the nurses and doctors that have gotten me thru the last bunch of years. KITE Pharma had a corporate walk team and I met many of them. I received multiple invitations to both the corporate headquarters as well as the production facility in El Segundo where they harvested my magic t-cells. They all knew who I was as apparently, my side effects were as bad as they could be. They said I was the only one who had survived such extreme side effects. Yowser.
Ben and I walked with the UCLA team and we had such a blast. They are such wonderful people and I got so many hugs from the staff that was stunned at how well I had recovered.
When we got back from the walk, there was a band playing on the stage. Many from the UCLA team came and we all danced and celebrated. Usually reserved, thoughtful oncologists were picking me up and swinging me around. One of the oncos cracked us up when he said I was a character straight out of central casting for a horror movie. He said the blood all over my mouth was pretty scary to look at. He also said he kept expecting to walk in my icu room and see me pulling an exorcist move with my head spinning around. We had so much fun and so many laughs. Ben and I went out for Japanese food on our way home and it was great.
I hope you enjoy my talk, it’s just under 7 minutes so a quick watch. Love you all.