Nashville or Bust

The trip that started a longer journey

We’ll Burn You Down Like Warren Zevon


Photo courtesy of Michael Kearns, fft media

Picking up from the last post, Dave endured a smattering of prerequisites for hospital admission at Jewish Hospital/Mercy Health and rounded out the week with a full PET scan. This scan, as any cancer patient or survivor will tell you, is always met with anxiety. It’s the magic window that lets you know what is working and what is lurking.

Contrary to past experience, the PET results came back in record time and to quote the report: “There has been dramatic interval improvement with complete resolution of the hyper metabolic activity in the multiple lymph nodes in the neck, chest and abdomen. There are no significant residual areas of activity.” 

That’s the fancy way of saying Cycles 1 & 2 of RICE chemo did more than everyone was hoping they would do. The docs needed to see a 50% reduction of the tumor sites, proving that “Roger” is chemo sensitive. Not only did they see sensitivity but they also saw signs of evaporation. *Poof*

It is a relief knowing that Dave is ahead of the game going into the next phase. Green lit, he is set to start the stem cell generation/harvesting process next Saturday. This will kick off his month-long gig at Jewish/Mercy and fingers crossed, should be the slugfest that knocks Roger out for good.

“Singing Hallelujah at 3 a.m. / Fueled by the third wind of the night / We’ll burn you down like Warren Zevon / We’ll burn ’til everything’s alright…”



And oh — if you are liking that little bit of Pike 27 goodness I snuck in here, make sure you are at Fountain Square on Friday, August 28 for the Midpoint Indie Summer Series. Chris Mueller of Alone at 3 a.m. is graciously sitting in for Dave, allowing DaveP, Sean and Mike to play this very much-anticipated show. It will be a fun night and most certainly packed with all sorts of awesome folk. Please go and support local music! Hang with the happy people! And, if you are there, Skype us in.  @stormydk1

August 13, 2015 - Posted by | Dave


  1. Yeah. Hurrah. Yippee. Roger be gone.

    Comment by Peggy Eberhard | August 13, 2015 | Reply

  2. Great news!

    Comment by Kelly Cooper | August 13, 2015 | Reply

  3. Great News! are the man!! I would say that news was a home run!!

    Comment by Ron Staggs | August 14, 2015 | Reply

  4. What encouraging news to kick off a beautiful weekend! I will be thinking of you guys with hopeful anticipation for success in the next round! I love you guys!

    Comment by Joe Fortunato | August 14, 2015 | Reply

  5. To everyone at Killen House and beyond, here comes the sun!! Have a wonderful weekend. Mom and Dad

    Comment by Jane Killen | August 14, 2015 | Reply

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