We Now Have a Vehicle And a Moving Date   January 30th, 2012

We are now proud owners of a new vehicle a 2008 Jeep Liberty – a model of Jeep Cherokee – which we purchased last Friday thanks to the help of our friend Denise Kacavas help companies cut of us and her brother-in-law Jim who runs a dealership – Allen Mello Dodge Jeep – in Nashua, New Hampshire Jim sent a driver down to pick us up in Boston and Marvin – a sales guy at the dealership helped us figure out what vehicle we wanted as we wanted to also get get four-wheel drive and lots of legroom in the back seats for our tall teens.

After we found the vehicle we wanted Jim even bought us lunch. Thank you Denise, Jim and Marvin and everyone else who offered help and advice with our car purchase.

A number of you had offered to help us move from Boston to Chester once we knew the appropriate dates, well, we now have those dates our plan is to now disassemble all of our IKEA furniture on Friday, April 13th, and move all of our stuff out between 1 and 5 PM on Saturday, April 14th we already have the freight elevator in our apartment building reserved for the move-out and are hoping to convince Linda’s father to drive a U-Haul truck to and from Chester (we plan on having a convoy up to Chester (with boxes in all the extra vehicles and furniture parts in the U-Haul truck) For those of you who have already volunteered to assist us please drop us a note if you can join us on either of these dates. Thanks!

Doug & Erin – We will glad accept those empty boxes you offered us yesterday.

In other updates – I am not experiencing any treatment side effects from the ipilimumab (and if they appear it won’t be for another 10 days, but I am still feeling extreme fatigue, a poor appetite and itchy skin from my radiation treatments and very itchy skin from the same. One other life change I am pursuing is the resumption of my course work for my MFA in Photography with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco – I have committed to taking two courses this semester – classes started today.


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19 Responses

January 30th, 2012 at 16:09
Bill Heyman Says:

Good luck with your coursework! It’s great that you’ve resumed doing what you love.

January 30th, 2012 at 16:28
Tish Says:

Great idea about resuming the MFA coursework!
Sorry I can’t be there in April to help with the move, but I’ll bet you will have a bunch of willing workers.
We missed you all on the march this morning against the huge new piers planned for the Marine Park. With very little notice, we had 100 or more people turn out at City Cafe. Please be sure to sign the letters, scan them, and send to Ramon asap.
Thanks so much!!!
Love and hugs,

January 30th, 2012 at 16:29
Leslie Says:

It may be premature to call this encouraging, but anything that isn’t bad is good, right?

I can help you move on Saturday the 14th. Do you anticipate any issues with it being Patriot’s Day weekend?


January 30th, 2012 at 16:38
Corky and Sy Says:

Love the fact that you’re resuming photography studies. After all the work you’ve turned out, you could probably teach the course. Here’s to keeping those side effects at bay.

January 30th, 2012 at 16:38
John Engelman Says:

Glad to hear you’re back in school. What classes are you taking?

January 30th, 2012 at 16:38
Liz and Ed Says:

So glad it is coming along!!! Glad to see you are resuming course work. So wish I could help with fatigue, know how it is…just have to give into it and rest. I can however help with the skin and itching situation. I have to find it, but I had a cream for my skin and it worked wonders. I will send you the name via email as soon as I find the container!

January 30th, 2012 at 16:45
Jake Richter Says:

John – I am taking PH601-Concept and PH613-Color/Light

January 30th, 2012 at 16:48
Jake Richter Says:

Hi Leslie – No Patriot Day issues anticipated. you’re on for the 14th.

January 30th, 2012 at 16:49
Jake Richter Says:

Liz – if the cream has any steroids in it I cannot use it – steroids would interfere with my TIL cells.



January 30th, 2012 at 16:59
Erin Says:

I have a lot of great boxes for you already, and will continue to accumulate more! It is box central here at work.

January 30th, 2012 at 17:34
Linda Richter Says:

Actually the Liberty is not a Cherokee, but its own model – not really important, just FYI. But our Jeep’s first official and very Richter-esque errand was to retrieve a giant order of take-out chicken wings. How exciting is that!

January 30th, 2012 at 19:22
LaDonna Says:

you know I will be there to help with the move! I will send you an e-mail.


January 31st, 2012 at 09:11
Scott Says:

Good to hear you get to take some classes again :) I have 601 Concepts and MPT 625 for video/editing work. Keep on trucking’ Jake! I am here with ya!

January 31st, 2012 at 15:03
Meryl Says:

Good news, car, move, no side effects and starting classes again! Very glad to hear this Jake. Will keep your April dates on the calendar..let us know what we can do.

Meryl and Steve

January 31st, 2012 at 15:07
Tara Smith Says:

:) Linda, Chicken wings are awesome!
Jake, so glad to hear that you’re able to resume classes. We will keep fingers and toes crossed that any side effects will be minimal.

Great luck with the move – looking forward to any pictures of the journey and the journey’s end.
Take care,
Tara & Guy

January 31st, 2012 at 20:39
Denise & Teddy Says:

I am pretty sure I can help with the move. I’ll let you know for sue as it gets closer. And, looking orward to seeing some of your homework Jake. It is greater that you are starting classes again. Yeayyyyy.

February 4th, 2012 at 01:03
Sue F Says:

Jake and Linda – It was great meeting you today after Jack’s visit to Dana Farber. I look forward to more visits when you are in Chester – I would love to hear stories about your travels, see more pictures (Thanks for the beautiful calendar by the way – it’s hanging right next to my Angry Birds calendar – I love the pics so much I’m thinking of putting it on top of the Angry Birds calendar!!). Anyway I had a great visit and look forward to many more!!!

February 7th, 2012 at 15:08
Cynde Says:

Jake, good news on the classes! I’ve been a little out of the loop but feel better now that I’m all caught up!

I’ll be thinking of you on the 9th, good juju to the brain tumor shrinking. Wish I were closer, I’d certainly come help you move! I’m very glad you’ve been able to work things out to move to Chester and settle there for the time being.

I’m still holding out for NED and wine on the top of your roof on Bon :D

Hugs to you, Linda, and the kids.


March 3rd, 2012 at 02:48
Wendy Says:


I’ve been searching around the internet tonight. A very dear friend of mine learned last week that her husband has metastatic melanoma. They have 4 sons, 3 of whom have type 1 diabetes.

We connected via our blogs about 3 years ago, because we both have kids with T1D…it’s blossomed into a beautiful friendship…and I’m heartbroken over the news.

You can read her story here…

I feel like I’m on this journey with her. Trying to find resources and places where she can connect once this initial phase of auto-pilot shuts off. Anyway, thank for your blog.

God bless.