Michael’s Story

Site created on September 25, 2015

I found out on Sept. 24, 2015 that I have a brain tumor. I had surgery the next week, and started radiation and chemo shortly after that. It is an aggressive kind of cancer called Glioblastoma, that requires ongoing treatment. We've created this site to keep friends and family updated. We set up another web page for people who would to give money to help pay the medical bills and also support our work and healing: https://www.gofundme.com/healing-for-michael-and-family (https://www.gofundme.com/healing-for-michael-and-family.   We) . We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Thank you!!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Jenny Larson

Hello dear ones,

I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Shocking how much has changed in the world since Michael died. I keep wondering what he would think / say about our world right now. I know he would be going to the river, connecting people, and finding ways to live with another kind of uncertainty. If Michael was healthy, I’m guessing he would have been one of the first people to organize some kind of big Zoom storytelling event. The covid-19 world is in some ways like living with a terminal diagnosis like Michael’s cancer. Lots of uncertainty and unknowns, plenty of fear and anxiety, and some beauty in the kindness and compassion of others.

The kids and I are doing ok. We are hunkered down, trying to find our rhythm in this new world, and the new world without Michael. It’s strange and unreal, all of it. Taking walks to the river helps me feel grounded. I miss Michael in so many ways, including his hugs, his dish washing, figuring out how to parent in the world of coronavirus, watching movies together, having my person to be holed up with, and on and on. I do feel connected to him, though, feeling that he’s close by. 

I know Michael would be thinking of the many hardworking people on the front lines, doctors and nurses, people cleaning hospital rooms, grocery store workers, etc. He’d be sending prayers and love to those who are sick and the folks with cancer or other diagnoses that make them especially vulnerable. And of course he’d be worried about the people who are losing their jobs. He’d probably also have some deep thoughts about our upside down world and what good might come out of reimagining things -- lots of opportunities for healing. (And he and I might be annoying each other a bit, with all of our together time.) I’d love your thoughts on what Michael might have to say to us about our current situation.

I’m so very grateful we were able to have that big memorial service for Michael complete with many many hugs. Seems like a world away now. Much love to you all!


Isaiah recently found some jokes on Michael’s computer that he had compiled for Isaiah at some point from various online sources, none of us remembers when. In case you need a little chuckle.

I invented a new word. Plagiarism!

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu, you get what you deserve.

I once farted in an elevator. It was wrong on so many levels.

And God said to John, come forth and you shall be granted eternal life. But John came fifth and won a toaster.

I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned.

Why did Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 come before 1, 2, and 3? Because in charge of scheduling Yoda was.

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