Making the scene, waiting for Dr. Takamori finish surgery and examine me in emergency. A week later he would operate on me. April 15, 2011.
Ready for abdominal surgery to remove a section of my small intestine and part of my colon. April 21, 2011.
Bobbie sits at the very same table at the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant, in Waikiki, where we had discussed my cancer diagnosis 18 months before.
Although Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, Massachusetts was a nice place to hang out for Thanksgiving, I can think of places I’d rather be. Taken the day after surgery to repair a hole in my stomach, November 21, 2012.
My son Rob (eldest Rob), surprises me by showing up at my bedside in Northampton. He flew all night from Phoenix to see me. During my chemo, he put a tattoo on his chest in tribute to me.
Marta Martinez, my East Coast acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and philosopher. We spent a lot of time talking about life and death in general, as well as hers and mine specifically.
My granddaughter Caroline and daughter Amanda gather around my hospital bed as I recovered from emergency surgery the morning before. November 21, 2015.
My son Rob, (yes we have two sons named Rob), a professional chef, works out in the kitchen of the house we rented for the family over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Our daughter-in-law Julie(Chef Rob’s wife), works the room during our stay in Western Mass. November 21, 2012
Our youngest son James holds our granddaughter Clara Jean prior to dinner on November22, 2015.
The clan from Joshua Tree, California celebrating in Ko Olina, Hawaii, the day before Bobbie and I leave for the Mainland and Stanford University Hospital to begin our “Year in hell.” Thomas, Angel, Bobbie, Michael, Mayetta, me, Scott and Lachiel – April 21, 2013
Standing outside Stanford Hospital, days after surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes from my neck. The lymph nodes were the source of the cancer cells that were used to create my vaccine. May 2, 2013.
Bobbie and Howard prepare me for the chemotherapy starting in two days. I made the choice to cut my hair short in anticipation of it falling out after Round 1. Photo: May 13, 2013.