June 9, 2017 Bend, Oregon

Journey's End ???

Journey’s End ?

Today was to be my second day of driving the entire 60 plus mile Denali National Park Road on my Professional Photographer’s Road Permit, but that was not to be.

The Road to McKinley
The Road to McKinley

I have been stationary in Bend, Oregon since April 27th undergoing testing and then treatment for Myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood.

Denali Grizzly
Denali Grizzly

Instead of shooting grizzlies in Denali, I am camped on the Loop Road of the Saint Charles Hospital Campus, while being treated as an outpatient at the Bend Medical Clinic and had waited until I had completed my first round of chemo treatments before I wanted to write this post.

While this is an incurable disease, it is optimistically classified as a “controllable” cancer, with some folks surviving a decade or more. At this point, that is obviously the outcome I would prefer to see. My response to the first three drug therapy round has been favorable and I am on  a game plan that hopefully will bring about remission and the opportunity for a stem cell transplant , perhaps as soon as in August. Just have to wait and see.

Where initially I was told I would have to stop traveling to battle this condition, they now are telling me that if I make a successful recovery from a transplant, it is completely possible that I could resume my full-time travels and could have periodic testing done to monitor my status while on the road. So my best case scenario is that I could be back on the road before winter sets in here in Bend, Oregon.

And of course there is also the very definite possibility that things may take a turn for the worse, but at this point I am cautiously optimistic and will keep you posted .

Since this blog was started four years ago to share my adventures on the road, and since I won’t be doing any traveling for the next several months, blog posts will probably be few and far between for a while.

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22 thoughts on “June 9, 2017 Bend, Oregon”

  1. Hello.
    We met you on a Valdez, AK, cruise in ’15.
    Best wishes for a positive outcome fellow traveler.

  2. Just found your website today and blown away by your magnificent images. Very saddened to hear of your current health challenges! My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  3. My thoughts are with you Bob for a return to health and the journey. The world is a better place for having you out there with your camera.


  4. Bob–I am sure that those who follow your blog are concerned and would want regular health updates. Plus there are beautiful areas to photograph in the Bend area

  5. I will definitely add you to my prayer list! What do I say to someone I’ve never met but feel I have come to know through your beautiful photographs. Praying for all the best for you.

  6. So sorry to hear of your very serious medical issues. We wish you the very best.
    Here is a like to Ron & Elena’s blog. Ron has been battling, I believe, the same disease you are for the last 3 or 4 years. He has detailed a lot of what he had gone through in their blog. http://www.mytripjournal.com/2017_Travels Ron may also be happy to converse with you if you wish to contact him.

  7. Also sad reading this news. I’ve just started following you within the last year or so, enjoying your posts and your great photography.

    Wishing you strength, hope and success for final wellness at the end of this new journey your are on. And hope to see you back on the road soon.

  8. I can’t express how stunned and saddened I am. I love your blog and gorgeous imagery. I feel you will get through this and will be driving out of Bend before winter. Denali next year……
    Please keep us posted.

  9. Know that many good thoughts are being sent your way. As Brita said in previous post ,I too, will look forward to your next post whenever you are ready. Do keep us updated on your treatment. The subject matter may change some but the friendships formed through your blog doesn’t. Take care my friend.

  10. Bob,
    I was saddened to read this post. So sorry you are going thru this and my prayers are with you for successful treatment for remission. Hoping you are able to return to traveling before winter. I have enjoyed so much following your blog and wonderful photos.
    Best wishes,

  11. My prayers and thoughts are wish you for a promising outcome. I have enjoyed you photos and posts.


  12. Wow. Thank you for the update. Have been following your blog for past 3 years and we just ceased full timing. Our thoughts are with your recovery from this.
    Have really enjoyed your photos of birds and wildlife. Best wishes and will look forward to your next blog and progress report

  13. I have been following your blog for about 2 years and admire your photography very much. How you capture the birds’ feathers is amazing. I am a photographer also and live in a 39 ft Airstream motorhome. It has been my dream to do what you have been doing but medical problems have prevented it. Mine are no where as serious as yours but do prevent a lot of activities. My prayers are with you as you face an unknown future.

  14. So sorry to hear your news concerning your health. I hope the best for you. I’m a cancer survivor and have been in remission for 8 years now.

    Remember what cancer cannot do……it cannot shatter hope, cannot dissolve faith, destroy peace, cannot kill friendship, cannot suppress memories, cannot silence courage, cannot invade the soul, cannot steal eternal life, cannot conquer the spirit.

    During my treatment I referred to those statements many times. I made it a point to find the positive in everyday. With your sharp eye, attention to detail, and sharp clear pictures, I know you will find it too.

    Stay strong my dear friend, for this stage in your life will end and you will look back with memories.

  15. Prayers my friend, enjoy your blog.Wishing you a speedy recovery. Stay strong, don’t overdue.God bless Bob in Md

  16. I’m thinking of you during this challenge. Stay strong. Good wishes.
    Look forward to your next post whenever you are ready.

  17. So sorry to hear. When I first saw the post was from Bend Oregon, my first reaction was to state that it was one of my favorite places during my travels across the country. I frequently drove an eighteen wheeler over the mountains and down to Springfield OR hauling mesquite chunks for the Kingsford plant. I have a spare room here in a brand new house (no need of your skills this time) with big tv,s. We have an excellent hospital in the Washington Regional Medical Center. You are more than welcome and would love to have the opportunity to pay you back for all the help you provided me in the past.

  18. RA,
    It’s always something, isn’t it?
    We wish you all the best as you fight and win this episode.
    Opportunities abound for photography in and around Bend.

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