A few years ago I was diagnosed with 3 inoperable brain tumors on my midbrain, and it’s basically as f*cked up as it sounds. It’s the spot on your brain that controls involuntary actions, like walking or sneezing or pee’ing, so JUST THE CRAZIEST SHIT YOU DO. And they can’t touch it to remove them, or test them for cancer - cause it’s too risky. Since the moment they initially noticed these with an MRI, I’ve had to have things like a spinal tap and annual scans to make sure they haven’t grown or multiplied - cause that would be the moment of “OH SHIT, HAVE YOU WATCHED THE WIRE? CAUSE IF NOT, YOU SHOULD DO IT FAST.”
I’m very thankful that no growth has been recorded, but I still live with the fear that everyday I could wake up with symptoms and I’d need chemotherapy and/or radiation for immediate treatment. And keep this in mind - I’m one of the lucky ones.
This year, through friend Bryan Bishop, I became a committee member for the Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk, held through the very inspiring National Brain Tumor Society. I’ve really always wanted to help raise awareness for brain tumors, especially since we live in a world where KFC makes a sandwich with fried (sort of) chicken as the bread and radiating cell phones are put against our heads every few minutes. In short, we don’t know what kind of effects these things will have on our complex brains. No one knows. Not even Oprah.
THIS SUNDAY, 1-3 PM, we are holding a Kick-Off event for the Walk at my art gallery on Melrose (G1988 West at 7308 Melrose). Eventually I will hit you up for money and stuff, but for now, maybe you too can be involved in a more direct way if you’re in Los Angeles. Come by and get free Bludso’s BBQ (which should be enough to get your lazy ass there alone) and learn about how you can be a sponsor, have your own team or join someone else’s (MY) team. Also, just learn more about brain tumors in general. I wish I would have.
The actual walk is in August, but for now just come hang out with me. You can RSVP by emailing email@example.com. To be honest, I only joined to get an email at braintumor.org. Almost there, guys!
Hope to see you Sunday! I’ll be the one with the brain tumors.