Day 0 is here… TIL Infusion Commencing   October 6th, 2011

My battle against melanoma is about to take a dramatic turn today – this time finally in my favor. Everything I’ve been working for since being diagnosed with Melanoma less than seven months ago comes down to today – more specifically – around 1pm today.

This truly is Day 0!

My secret weapon? Specially harvested, cultivated, and trained t-lymphocytes know as Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL).

My dear friend Cynde Lee found the work of Jerry Kong on-line (please support his work if you can), and my creative family has taken his original image and added some personalized touches to show what a TIL cell chopping down an evil melanoma cell might look like:

A drawing made by Linda, Krystyana, and Bas for me, inspired by Artist Jerry Kong. Shows my TIL cells in Ninja mode assassinating those dastardly melanoma cancer tumor cells in my body once my TIL is introduced mid-day or so today. (Links to the original this image is based on.)

A drawing made by Linda, Krystyana, and Bas for me, inspired by Artist Jerry Kong. Shows my TIL cells in Ninja mode assassinating those dastardly melanoma cancer tumor cells in my body once my TIL is introduced mid-day or so today. (Links to the original this image is based on.)

In addition to further encourage my TIL cells to take no prisoners, I have, with the help of many friends on Facebook, compiled the following music play list, which will be started as soon as the TIL cells have entered the wing my room is in here at NCI. The playlist actually goes for over an hour, but the most key fighting songs are in the first 30 minutes after the introductory march. It will about that long for all the TIL cells to enter my body and start their slow inexorable march throughout my body and into every nook and cranny over the coming weeks and even months.

The TIL Playlist

  1. “Ride of the Valkyries” – Richard Wagner
  2. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  3. “Invincible” – OK Go
  4. “Whip It” – Devo
  5. “One Way or Another” – Blondie
  6. “Another Bites the Dust” – Queen
  7. “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty
  8. “We Are The Champions” – Queen
  9. “Run Like Hell” – Pink Floyd
  10. “Persuasion” – Carlos Santana
  11. “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran
  12. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” – Jackson
  13. “Magic Carpet Ride” – Steppenwolf
  14. “Pump it Up” – Elvis Costello
  15. “With A Little Help From My Friends” – Joe Cocker
  16. “Cream” – Prince
  17. “Get Me Bodied” – Beyonce

Copyright laws prevent me from making the music listed here available, but if some kind soul reading this has a way of making this list available through legal sources on-line, please do!

I don’t know if I will be able to make the “Later in Day 0” post based on how I might be feeling after my first IL-2 treatment. But if I can’t, Linda will post to give you an update.

 

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9 Responses

October 6th, 2011 at 10:39
Pam Says:

Happy Birthday to your new Immune System! We have been following your blog and are so glad to see you are handling the treatment so well! I’m sure you will handle the IL-2 in the same fashion. Stay strong and keep your eye on the goal, NED! We are wishing your billions (Joe got 80 billion) of TIL cells well, go and attack that darn cancer! Looking forward to your future blogs.
The Billek’s are rooting for you in Florida!!!!!!!

Pam and Joe

October 6th, 2011 at 10:42
Cynde Says:

Jake, LOVE LOVE LOVE the artwork the fam drew…nice visual! I’m going to listen to those songs, in that order, when I get to work today. I’d like to encourage everyone else to so we can all be cheering to the same tune :)

Hope the day goes well and you don’t feel as bad as they expect you to…cause “nothing is predictable about you Jake”…you inspire me in my simple little life to do and be stronger and better.

Rock On Melanoma Warrior!

Hugs and love,

Cynde

October 6th, 2011 at 12:21
Pat and Mary Says:

50 minutes till drip time….hang in there…the music starts soon. we’re pulling, and praying, for you and your family

October 6th, 2011 at 12:24
Cynde Says:

Jake, I’m listening now on Spotifly, and created an album called “Jake’s Cancer Fighting Songs”! If anyone has spotifly, my username is tinkydink if you want to grab them! GO JAKE’S TIL TEAM!!!!!

October 6th, 2011 at 12:38
Cynde Says:

20 minutes till drip time…I’m starting the first song! I figure your TIL has entered the building!

October 6th, 2011 at 12:47
Denise & Teddy Says:

I just downloaded Spotify and I am all set to start the play list at 1 PM. Thank you Cynde ..

TIL Cells, get in there and destroy all evil. With all our strength, we are behind you all the way!
Love you Jake

October 6th, 2011 at 14:28
Meryl Says:

Let the music begin! Sending strength from Joisey love you guys..
XO
Steve and Meryl

October 6th, 2011 at 15:18
Harrie & Carmelita Says:

Hi Jake!

I have 14 of the 17 songs with me on the iPod, so we are listening to this special Jake’s selection. (Who is the guy with the good music-taste?).
Good luck with the treatment! Fight them back, those stupid cancer-cells! This is really a deep and heavy treatment you are getting. We hope so much this will work.
Thanks for all your comments on Jake’s Take. We learn so much about this type of treatments.

Harrie & Carmelita (Colorado Springs, CO)

October 6th, 2011 at 20:50
dara Says:

May the Force be with you, Warrior Jake!