Hello friends, family, neighbors and colleagues,
Please forgive me if you have already received this.
We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday; we were thankful to feast with close friends and more food than any 4 folks could possibly consume. The following day, Friday, November 25th, Dave MacKenzie celebrated his 57th birthday, exactly 2 weeks after finding out what has been causing the back and arm pain that he’s been struggling with for the last few months.
Turns out, Dave has a tumor in his upper left lung which is pressing on the nerves feeding his arm and hand. This kind of tumor is called a “Pancoast” tumor and this one is malignant. But, because of his pain, we caught it before it spread - the problem is localized and we are assured by our good doctors (and by our own intentions) that after treatment, Dave will be back to playing again; he’ll resume his live performance schedule next summer. In the meantime, he has a fight ahead of him and we once again, humbly, request your thoughts and prayers in support of his healing.
Dave started chemotherapy (1x per week) and radiation (5x per week) Monday 11/21; this therapy goes on for 6 weeks. Assuming the tumor shrinks as expected, he’ll have surgery in February. Right now he’s doing well aside from being in pain, but his therapy goes on through the holidays and I suspect it will be challenging...probably no “Christmas Pudding” for Dave, and our usual New Year’s day celebration is going to have to be on hold; we’ll get back at it in 2007.
Please forgive us for notifying you this way; we’ve been trying to do it on the phone, and just haven’t been able to handle it all in between doctor visits. We want you to know that we are very confident that Dave is going to pull through this, and although he is not working right now, I am! We’re trying to keep a schedule that’s as normal as possible; if you need my services, please call.
If you don’t want to be on a list of folks to be kept updated via email regarding Dave’s condition, let me know (don’t be shy; it’s hard for a lot of folks to hear about this). Otherwise, I’ll send a note every couple of weeks or so.
In the meantime, be well and know we love you.