I learned this past week that I have been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, that is, Cancer of the Kidney. Some of you are aware that I survived Testicular Cancer in 2000 after 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 surgeries at Duke. It is exceedingly rare that someone like myself should in less than a decade have two completely unique cancers that have nothing to do with each other, but here it is nonetheless. I only have one kidney (the other being removed in 2000 with my abdominal tumor) so this limits our options somewhat. We are cautiously optimistic however, as we have caught the cancer very early and whatever treatment we pursue, I should have plenty of kidney left to function as I have without dialysis or transplant. I am hopeful and gratefully aware of how incredibly precious life is, and I am so thankful to God for His manifold gifts, especially that of my wife and our family.
WITH REGARDS TO COMMISSIONED WORK: I will still be trying to complete work, but may have to indefinitely postpone and/or cancel many pieces, and I trust to your patience. Should you wish to withdraw a commission please do not be embarrassed or afraid to do so, as I may very soon be moving completely into drawing only things that I am inspired to do. I am sorry that the circumstances make this necessary for the present, but please know that I would be grateful to have less on my plate and you should not feel bound to continue with a commission that may not be finished in a timely way.
Most of all, I elicit your prayers and thank you from the bottom of my heart for them. Please pray for Emily and I as we travel this road together. The Divine Physician uses very good instruments for his work, especially the physicians that I have the honor to work with at Duke. Thank you for your prayers!