Meet the fantastic hair stylists from Desa Salon ~ left to right- Billy, Jeff, Kelly Chris, Liz, and Rene
Thank You to DESA SALON for helping spread DWBHshirts.org and supporting our warriors!
Desa carries a selection of DWBHshirts also!!
Desa Salon would like to invite you to join us in supporting Don’t Worry Be Happy Shirts in their efforts to help cancer warriors pay their mounting medical bills
Monday November 7, 2011 Lucky Strike, 6 pm- 9 pm
Desa Salon is located at 1835 Newport Blvd #D256, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-5013
Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma
Recuperating was a long road thus far, and I have come a long way from learning to walk again in the hospital. I have now been cleared for all physical activity, in moderation, which is great news since I am such an active person. I can’t wait to surf and snowboard again soon. After the surgery, I was left with a numb left hand and a droopy let side of my mouth. I am still waiting for the sensation to come back in my hand, but I am training it to play guitar again even though it can’t yet feel the strings completely. I am also waiting for my lip to return to normal so I can speak and eat without it getting in the way. Hopefully it will all go back to normal when my brain swelling goes away completely, but if not oh well. I am just happy and lucky to be alive!
As a survivor, people say that I am an inspiration and I am glad. To me though, the real inspiration has come from all of the things that people are willing to do to help in any way they can to help get me through this and keep my spirit “Tough as Nails”. This hasn’t been an altogether bad experience for me though because I’ve never had as much positive energy surrounding me as I have ever since I found out about my brain tumor. I don’t always know how to receive this kind of thing, but one weird side effect is that I catch myself smiling for no apparent reason at odd times like when I am using the stair climber at the gym or even when I am just taking my dog Jake for a walk. I catch myself doing it and realize that I was smiling because I was thinking about some great person who went out of their way for ME to help me out.
I am now finished with radiation and am currently beginning my chemo therapy treatments. It has not been easy on us financially because I had to spend my summer recuperating instead of working, and my wife Stacy had to spend her summer as my main caretaker instead of working. Since finding out about the tumor, we have had constant hospital visits, many new prescriptions, lots of co pays, and all of the everyday expenses of life in general, which have taken their toll on us financially. Our most recent realization was that my chemo therapy treatments combined with my other prescriptions will cost us well over $100.00 a month in prescriptions alone for the next 2 years. We have kept a positive outlook on everything surrounding our lives since being dignosed with the tumor and then cancer. The phrase on the Dont Worry Be Happy shirt pretty much sums up our attitude about all of this because all of this has given Stacy and I a whole new appreciation for life! If you are purchasing a “Don’t Worry Be happy shirt to show your support, we appreciate it more than you know. When you see us smile at you when you wear it, I hope you know how happy it makes Stacy and I to know that you are wearing it because you care!
I know that there is always someone out there who is going through a tougher time than me no matter what, so I consider myself fortunate to be doing as well as I am. My heart goes out to EVERYONE in this fight. Thank you my wife Stacy, my hero Dr. Liau at UCLA, Team TAN (which includes everyone who’s been there for me through this) and thank you to everyone for your support.
Don’t Worry Be Happy!!!
“Tough as Nails”