So today I’m getting shot full of poison. Almost more difficult to choke down is the hospital lunch (why do hospitals err on the side of economy versus quality?). I stuck to chicken noodle soup, two granola bars, chips and a tiny coke. Tonight I’ll make it all better with some grilled salmon, a baked potato and some zucchini; wisely prepared yesterday.
I spent the balance of my evening watching the ICRF gala online. Hats off to my friend Rob Densen and the rest of crew for pulling off a wonderful virtual gala under challenging circumstances. Hopefully boatloads of money were raised for cancer research in Israel.
It was my honor to make a guest appearance, as evidenced by the photo below. I know you love it when I dish so here’s the scoop. Back when I did the documentary for Pfizer and CNN my skin was an unholy mess (thanks to five years of Lorlatinib and then the addition of chemo). I had sores on my face more aptly described as open wounds. Not very photogenic. And, per my request, the production team did a STELLAR job of retouching.
When I filmed myself for ICRF, I had cleared off a table in my kitchen thinking it a good backdrop with an excellent light source. Well, it was too good (halo effect) and I had to rotate the entire setup. Unfortunately my counter tops had not received the same degree of prep. Therefore, in the video cast, the edges were tastefully blurred out. Appearances maintained!
As I have mentioned before, I am a board member for the Israeli Cancer Research Fund. Historically, gala’s have been an important source of funding for the ICRF. However, due to the pandemic, this year’s gala will be virtual.
It is also free to attend (registration required), clothing optional (you will be in the privacy of your own home) and hosted by Jason Alexander (with guest appearances by Eugene Levy! Tom Brokaw! Bryan Cranston!). It promises to be both a lively and inspiring evening and I urge all of you to join us. And should you have the means to do so, please consider placing a bid and or making a donation to this most excellent of causes.
I was interviewed for a story about COVID-19 and cancer some weeks ago and it has been picked up by PEOPLE.com. Give it a quick read.
Better yet, one of my life long dreams came true in November—I was made the member of a board and not just any board, but rather the Israel Cancer Research Fund. It has been both an honor and a pleasure, as I get to work closely with a fabulous team as well as one of my favorite people on earth, Rob Densen.
Last week I had an opportunity to be interviewed by Rob for the ICRF ongoing webinar series, Brilliant Minds. It’s not too late should you like to register to hear this presentation which will be aired tomorrow, 6/24:
It’s going to be a busy day, as I am presenting as part of Thermo Fisher’s Innovation Day in the morning, and then will be part of a forum for clinical trial advocates with Pfizer later in the day. And in between the two activities I shall squeeze in a zoom appointment with a psychiatrist. Just keeping it real, y’all.
Hopefully I’ll have time in the evening to get to the studio, as I purchased two hollow core doors to make tables with. When I work I like to work large (lots of projects at once) and I’m itching to get to it.
So, cancer, depression and pandemic be damned, I am finding a way to keep moving—forward.
I believe I shared that when I was first diagnosed I decided that no one had died from lung cancer while upright (technically not true, but it’s an aspirational image). And I intend to be an upright citizen for as long as possible.