Tumor Humor


I have a new “friend.” For the sake of this blog, its name is the “Blob.” He’s been with me for a while now, but I was just formally introduced to him when his picture appeared on an MRI Sunday night.

I have been getting goofy over the last couple years. Unexplained stuff, I could only explain by getting older: aches, pains, ringing in the ears and other assorted stuff that generally goes along with being over 40, as I am (first element of humor). Recently, it’s gotten worse. Add numb hands, feet and dropping stuff to the list of annoyances.

While shopping at the grocery store Sunday night I ran into a doctor friend, who asked me how I was doing. When I answered, no words came out. He got the picture. That conversation (or lack-thereof) led to a trip to an ICU (where I now have a super-secret pseudonym and password). That’s where I first met the “Blob.”

He’s plum-sized on the left frontal lobe. Poetic justice being what it is, this is the area of my brain that controls speech. So my new job may be as an ASL translator for important people, such as the popular band, Nickelback (second element of humor). But we’ll discuss job opportunities after I get this damn thing out of my head. That happens Thursday. They say it’ll take 5 hours. I work the night shift, so I see this as a nice little nap. When I wake up, we should know if it’s a good, bad or another type of “Blob” and what comes next.

Since we don’t know that stuff, it might be a good time to talk about all the possibilities. We’ve learned my doctor is the best there is. Listed as one of Oprah’s “Miracle Men” and has several 5-star yelp reviews. My buddy, Paul Ecke, stopped by and brought up a complication we hadn’t considered: my political leanings may change and I may wake up yelling “drill baby drill!” or finding wisdom in what Sarah Palin has to say. The point here is we’re entering territory about which I know little. Having my family and friends around me for the past two days has confirmed that my strength will come from humor—not worry.

Please think of me and the “blob” in happy terms, and as Paul also said “I’ll see you on the other side.” I’m pretty sure he meant the other side of the weekend.


ImageMy friend, Paul Ecke, me and the “Blob”

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371 comments on “Tumor Humor
  1. DeLauris Johnson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today,Love,DeLauris J.

  2. Ellen Amano says:

    Hi Loren, Sorry to hear what you are going through, hang tough. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and pray for a speedy recovery.
    All the best,

    Ellen and Gordy

  3. Elmo Ross says:

    Wishing you the best,

  4. Gyore family says:

    But as many as received Him (Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12,13.

    You’re in our prayers!
    The Gyore’s

  5. Valerie says:

    As the wife of a man who is a blob survivor of almost 11 years (his was also near the speech center), I just want you to know that long term survival is a huge possibility! We have used humor too- referring to the surgery as having a melon-baller! Good luck Loren and goodbye Blob! BTW, my husband’s speech is good- maybe too good sometimes!

  6. John Beatty says:

    Oh, one other thing. IF you emerge agreeing with John Coleman on Climate Change we’ll see about corrective surgery.

  7. Gail Liebig says:

    Go get’em, Mr. Nancarrow!

  8. Tami says:

    Aloha Loren,
    Wishing you a speedy reocovery from Hawaii! I will be back there in a few years and as I have done in the past, I will be surfing the channels to find my “go to guy”. You don’t get to retire that easily! So take a nap, say aloha to the blob and come over here for some recuperation.

  9. jayne mobley dunn says:

    Best wishes Loren from the Dunn family …

    …and a special message from ‘Ian Dunn on the Run’ who interviewed you for KBest95 when he was 9.. (he’s 26 now)

    “Do you have any free stuff?”

    We love you. Kick the Blob’s butt and get back on air where you belong!

  10. Having had my own blob (not in my head, thank God), I hope yours is easily disposed of, that you don’t need ASL, that your sense of humor remains intact, and that you are 100% soon. It helps if the MDs have a sense of humor. I asked my oncologist why I was given “perky” impants instead of what is appropriate for women over a certain age. Saggy boobs is what we should receive. In a monotone, he replied, “you’ll have to take that up with your plastic surgeon.”

    At any rate, I wish you a speedy recovery of your health and faculties.

  11. Mario Viescas says:

    Hello Loren
    Just think of this as a small speed bump in life , I know you will over-come ,and you be back even better ,we are praying for you .Patricia ,Zane Lana and Myself ,and Loren if you and Suzi need anything please do not hesitate to call me ,miss you and love you
    Mario 619-583-7929

  12. Mario Viescas says:

    I know you will over come this , think of it as a small speed bump!!! Patricia ,Zane,
    Lana and myself are praying for you . I love you man and Loren if you anything
    please dont hesitate to call me I mean it for anything!!!! even if you want to feed your chickens!!!! Mario 619-583-7929

  13. Susan Santilena says:

    There will certainly be angels in the operating room…Prayers to you for a quick recovery.

  14. Cary Harrah says:

    Attitude is everything! WOW, the things we are faced with that test our strength! Cheers to a speedy recovery and seeing you on the other side…of the weekend!!!

  15. Mark Jorgensen, Borrego Springs says:

    All our love and good thoughts are with you!! Look forward to seeing you out here this spring hugging desert wild flowers. The best to you, Susie and the three kids. Hang in there. Even with 10 percent of your left brain being taken out there’s plenty of LEFT left in you! Keep up your wonderful spirit. We love you. Mark & Kelley

  16. Dan Beintema says:

    Loren – Love the humor, love your outlook, love you man. Prayers offered. Big hugs –

  17. Liz Brown says:

    Good riddance, Blob! Get well soon, Loren! 🙂

  18. Tamar Caspi says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers today that “blob” meets his new destiny in a trash can as safely as possible. You’ll be back and even better in no time!

  19. wow. very scary. watching you every night I never would have guessed but so glad you ran into that friend at the store and it all got figured out. I have all those same symptoms and blame it on menopause. Bests wishes to you and suzi

  20. Amy says:

    Hoping you and Blob dont stay together very long! We need you! Godspeed. Sincerely, Amy Reynoso

  21. Jacquelyn Loudis says:

    Thinking of you and sending you strength today…

  22. Marty Reed says:

    Loren! Let’s stop messing around and get you back on the front lines, my brutha!
    Thoughts are with you today, lot’s of good work left to be done! Talk soon, Marty

  23. Ray H Ramage says:

    Get well soon, coz!

  24. Linda Tegarden says:

    Wishing you the very best possible outcome today and hope your surgeon has the most successful surgical event of his career. And the upside is that you won’t have to lose a gorgeous head of blonde hair over this! Your fans will be eagerly waiting for more wise counsel about growing things and living with a light footprint on the earth.

  25. I wish you the best on your surgery and recovery. I too, wll be joining you on Friday,in Anestesia Uforia. With your blessings I would like to name my 4 masses ” The Blobettes”. I wonder now my former co worker if we were invaded by a foreign being at Ch 10. You, Carol LeBeau, Jack White, Bill Griffith..Me …I’m sure there are more….what’s this trend? Was it the Green Screen, the live shots, the News Room Water Fountain? The world may never know! Well take care and I will see you on the other side of Bloblessness! Best of luck!
    Colleen Cole-Velasquez
    (I came to Scottdale Mayo & Thompson Peak Oncologist Janicek…the guy is amazing) artemisinin is the cure and I’m on it, you can get it at holleypharma.com and google info on it. It defiantly is a item Drs don’t talk about.

  26. John Beatty says:

    Hang in there big guy.
    You have always been up to the challenge.
    And remember they didn’t have to shave your head.
    Our thloughts are with you.

  27. Phil and Valeri says:

    Dear Loren & Susie – there’s a wonderful book that I sent to Magic Johnson (when he was first diagnosed with HIV) and benefitted our family when dealing with medical issues. It’s called “You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought – For Anyone with any life threatening illness, including life” If you can find it, there’s good stuff for you there! We LOVE you guys!!! Peace…..

  28. Nancy says:

    Good luck today Loren. Get the Blob out, and get on with your healthy self.

  29. lvoisen says:

    Hey Loren,
    I understand that you are getting the blob removed today. Keep up your wonderful Spirit and Humor that is what will make you heal quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery, and I am looking to hear the positive outcome from your surgery.
    In Spirit,

  30. Gary says:

    The best of luck Loren!! Can’t wait for you to come back, stronger than ever!!

  31. Peggy says:

    You are a beloved San Diego institution. Blob isn’t. Good-bye, Blob! Hello, Loren! Oh! and Sarah Palin is but a distant memory. You shall return!

  32. Dearest Loren,

    YOU are awesome! “Blob” not so much. God is good and you will go forward and leave this challenge behind. Rest during your “nap” and then it is “back to work”! Miss you.

  33. Vic Asselin says:

    Loren – a night off is a night off. Best wishes for a very speedy recover.

  34. Elizabeth Reed says:

    This blog is a testament to what an incredible, funny guy you are. Wow — you are inspiring! Blob begone!

  35. Paulo says:

    Hey Loren

    Today is Thursday, other than a trip to Sprouts, not a whole lot going on. You, on the other hand, have something to get out of your system. If it is a plum, dont forget to spit the pit…we’ll be rooting for you, since you have been coming to my house for all these years. Dont forget, when u wake up to say: Yes, I’ll pay more taxes to have a new Charger stadium in Jacumba

  36. Caryl Iseman says:

    Your humor and laughter will pull you thru. I will be thinking good thoughts today for you and look for your great smile when all finished. Just Hang in There

  37. DeeDee says:

    Prayers being sent your way…You’re a treasured icon to San Diego. Stay tough stay positive.

  38. Dan Highland says:

    I had my “blob”, size of a key lime, a
    little further up on the left side, removed
    2 1/2 years ago. Dr Kenneth Ott was
    my surgeon. My blob was metastatic
    melanoma. Still treating a couple small
    spots but things are lookin good.
    Good luck and hang tough.



  39. Dave Krosch says:

    Prayers for a smooth surgery and quick recovery Loren. Stay upbeat and keep the humor coming.

  40. Audra Burcham says:

    We will be thinking of you all day. Of course we include your family in those thoughts, as well.
    There are so many beautiful things going on now in the middle of winter. I was shocked to see a Monarch butterfly in my courtyard last week and most people say it is too early. No one told the butterfly.
    Get well, soon, Loren. We look forward to visiting with you. Audra Burcham

  41. Dianne Tricarico says:

    Hey Loren, My prayers are with you and your family. Maybe the blob just needs more compost to shrink/appease it? (attempt at humor #1) I hope this isn’t related to those tattoos from back in 2000, yikes! 😉 (attempt at humor #2). Sending positive energy your way today! ~ Dianne

  42. David Drake says:

    Love Loren and hate the blob. You will overcome this and be even better. Very best regards, David Drake

  43. Joe Molinari says:

    This just proves nothin can keep a good man down! Sending best wishes and most positive thoughts. You’ll be out in no time! Git er done Loren! Rock on buddy!

  44. Carol Green says:

    Sending you best wishes and prayers for a full and speedy blob removal!

  45. Loren, I believe wholeheartedly in the power of positive thinking, and yours is like weeds in the garden. Keep sowing those seeds! Positive thoughts and prayers coming your way for you, for your physician and his team, and your family. You’ve got all the support in the world because you are loved and admired by so many. Godspeed!

  46. Sue Martin says:

    Loren – Laughter truly is the best medicine. I used it successfully during my 14 months of cocktails and 6 weeks at the tanning salon. I had fun yanking my wig off to unsuspecting people, and had awesome portraits taken while bald. Each treatment is one step closer to cancer FREEdom. One of my favorite chemo buddies came bouncing into the treatment center singing Jingle Bells. “Chemo is a good thing” he says, “because without it we’d be dead”. Loved that man. Fight on and win, and good luck with your surgery.

  47. Ken Compton says:

    Today is the day Loren! You are going to be better and funnier than ever!

  48. Judy howell says:

    Praying for you that God might use this experience in a mighty way in your life!

  49. Dave and Staci Pawlowski says:

    Hay Loren! Wow! Sorry to hear about your blob! Love your sense of humor, you are in our thoughts and prayers that all will go well tomorrow which I am sure it will
    !! That blob was just along for the ride and that’s that! 🙂 xo!

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