Bruce Talbot

Bruce Talbot, 3/19/10

5:13 p.m., at Fannie Allen rehab center, Burlington, Vermont.

Bruce Talbot is a one-of-a-kind character whose presence has touched hundreds of people in unpredictable ways. He found me at the second Parkinson’s support group meeting that Suzanne and I attended, in February 2002. That meeting changed my life forever, by giving me the kernel of self respect that carried me through my darkest years with this execrable condition.

He’s had PD for 15 years now, but the battle opened on another front two weeks ago. Bruce has an aggressive type of brain cancer (Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV, or GBM). It’s terminal, but he’s reached his peace. After nearly six weeks of radiation, Bruce intends to travel the world with his family in three-week bursts, with breaks for more treatment. It ought to be a good year, my friend. I’m looking forward to the many stories yet to be told.

During our visit on Friday, Bruce allowed me to take his picture. He is truly brave!