July 2017 update from Brad

Here’s an update on my current condition. As most of you know, I’ve suffered two types of lymphoma over the past two years. I’m now happily in remission from both, but the ongoing effects are considerable.I suffered acute graft-versus-host disease after the stem cell transplant I had in January 2016, with severe complications in my gut and (most surprisingly) a complete loss of vision thanks to corneal scarring. My vision has gradually improved since then, and in June of this year I had a corneal transplant in my left eye, which has improved my vision to the point that I can read and write again, though it’s not easy. I continue to take a lot of medications and undergo treatment twice a month to control my chronic graft-versus-host disease, which causes ongoing gut discomfort and low energy.

I have taken disability retirement from Sac State and have no plans to return, preferring to focus on my roles as husband and father, as well as to explore a variety of short- and long-term writing projects. I have good days and not-so-good days, physically and otherwise, but the former are outnumbering the latter by a widening margin. My levels of strength and energy are vastly improved from a year ago, though not by any means back to pre-cancer levels. Most importantly, I am very glad, very grateful, and very lucky to be alive.

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4 thoughts on “July 2017 update from Brad

  1. You were such a wonderful teacher, and I learned a lot from you not only about literature, but also about teaching. I “had” you for Conrad and Greene. I’m touched to hear that you are continuing to improve and are going to dedicate yourself to your family roles and to writing.

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    1. Thanks, Millie! That means a lot… I do miss the people one meets when teaching, but there are other ways of keeping in touch and growing one’s social network, I suppose.

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  2. Hi, Brad, Thanks for the update on your status. When we knew each other at Stanford, who would have ever thought that you’d be retiring before me. But life throws some weird curve balls. What will Sac State do without you? We (the family) are fixin’ to be out on the west coast again next summer. I’ll head up to see you and Kate and kids. Are you a baseball fan, by any chance? It’d be nice to take in a Giants game, if you’re interested. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the inside of AT&T Park. All best to you and Kate, Lucy and Nora.

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