A Message from MK
ok kids, i know a lot of you have been wondering, so here's the scoop...
i have been diagnosed with a cancer of the throat. it can apparantly be a tuff kind to fight, but the good news is that it's "extremely well contained". everything looks really good for getting thru this with hard work and a good attitude. we'll be using chemo, radiation, surgery, accupuncture and any/all the other healing methods that make themselves available. we're gonna breed a multi-headed dragon to help me heal this thing!
while i know this to be an unusual approach, i am not choosing to perceive this as a battle or a fight... or even to see it as a "bad thing". i am doing my best to look at this as the eastern medicine people might. the chinese word for "crisis" is synonymous with "opportunity". i am trying to see this experience as an opportunity for growth. to do this, i am doing my best to bless this cancer and thank it for the "wake-up call" it has brought that is demanding that i make long needed changes in my diet, activity and attitude and begin to truly care for myself. i believe in the long run this experience can be of great value to me and possibly even be valuable to many of my friends, familiy and fans (also my "family"). having already begun to embody some of these changes, i now feel that the message has been successfully delivered and that it is time for the messenger, the cancer, to move on. it is no longer needed here. that is my current mission... to move it out of my body.
it is not time for me to leave the planet yet. i have faith that i'll be around for a long while. any thoughts, meditations and/or prayers any of you offer are more than welcomed. e-mails are best sent to my website at email@example.com, as both maile's and my inbox have already been absolutely overloaded with tons of good wishes! i am truly blessed by all the concern and wonderful kynd thoughts i have already received. thank you.
it's likely to be a tough road for a while, but i truly believe this too shall pass and "that which does not kill us makes us stronger". i will not be touring this summer. i'll be staying home and healing, building strength and hopefully joining you all again this fall.
meanwhile, we're doing our best here at home to stay up & positive. it's not always easy and we haven't even started the treatments yet, but i have a LOT of faith that i'll come thru it all ok... maybe even better than ever.
much love to all of you...
SK is a faaaaaaantastic guitarist! I can only imagine that his energy and ability will bring a great new dimension to the Dog July shows. In all honesty, he's one of the better improve. guitar players out there doin' it right now. If you have a chance I highly recommend checking him out whenever you might get the chance.
(((((((Mark))))))))) ~ Hope everything works out for you brother. Take good and healthy care!
Hey Mark, our staff and I wish you a speedy healing. Get some R&R while you have this down time. You are loved more than you will EVER know by sooo many! We're going to be at Summer Fest Milwaukee July 5th and we're going to be sending you well wishes from there!
"Welcome all you Deadheads, Hippies, and kind folks to this Grateful place, where Garcia fans will be Gathering!
I am looking forward to seeing Ratdog and The Allmans at The Post Gazette in PA in August. Anybody else attending this show? It ought to be great!
heal up quick man cuz yer the shit brotha!!! gotta see ya at the tweeter center in NJ with keller and the allmans. love you Mark Keep Jammin Boys! We'll Keep Coming!
...shall we go, you and I while we can...
Has Kimrock been a good addition to the lineup?
Speedway Meadows: I began the day getting dropped of at 10 am. I made my way to the stage. During the day I listened to music including, Ziggy Marley and Sammy Hagar. I also had a chance to hangout and meet people from around the area. l laerned about hippy hill. I am from Nevada and have traveled as far as the Bahamas to see the Dog play. But nothing could prepare me for the show Ratdog put on this day. This is one of the best shows I have seen so far. We love your music Ratdog and we are praying for the health of Mark.
I had the the chance to catch RatDog in Erie, PA, my home town, a couple of times!! The first time was several years back, and very close to my last Dead show, maybe a couple years after that 06/30/95 show at three rivers. Well anyway I think it was to close, I really didn't enjoy the show all that much, but several years later RatDog came back, I think in 05, The crowd was very small but very energetic as to was the band. I had a great time, the band as well as Bob himself were right on the money!!! Had to buy the cd after the show!!! I was hoping that someday RatDog would find there way back to Erie, PA., as I have grown older and tired of travling, so if anyone out there has any influence, please help me out. Thanks much!!
"Love is a service done."
What a phrase to live by from Steve K. from the announcement above
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
We love you MK!