Well, it is with no little sorrow that I come to relate the imminent death of one of my dear friends, and I trust that he has received the Holy
The inestimable Rock & Roll Historian Bill Griggs
was recently diagnosed with terminal
cancer, of the immediate
Specialists have given Bill 6 to 9 months to "get his affairs in order."
Friends and celebrities the world over are following his personal forum, The Rockin' 50s
, and I
can see that the forum updates will metamorphose into a death vigil as the months pass.
I just turned 50 in December, and the GP has been dogging me to have a colonoscopy, even though all my other tests just blow him away. At 50, I'm as
strong as a horse, my bones are still flexible, I have great lifting strength, and I have a history of defying death, literally. Broken neck in 1980
(C1 vertebra broken clean through in 2 places), orbital skull fracture in 1984, and severe bacterial meningitis in 1993.
With each of these close calls, the doctors have remarked, "Well, it may not have killed you, but it took at least 10 years off your life." Truth
told, if all my close calls were revealed to the medical community, they'd calculate my lifespan in negative numbers right now.
I'll tell you right up front, I don't trust doctors to make pronouncements on who-dies-when. They're consistently WRONG, and they're often wrong
One thing that I learned from the medical technicians right there at ground zero (the people gingerly grappling my battered body and standing Death
Watch over me in ICU) is that they have a VERY healthy respect for the human WILL to LIVE.
There ARE miracles of healing, make no mistake, the Texas Medical Center is FULL of "miracle recovery" stories, and the highest paid professionals
in medicine today will tell you that Science doesn't know jack # about the indomitable human spirit. Science can't weigh the spirit, can't measure
it, can't quantify it in any way.
And yet, when physicians have done all they can do, they TURN IT OVER to the SPIRIT. They still do that to this day, to this very moment.
Ask any physician, any specialist... Even if the sonofabitch is an atheist, he'll have to concede that medical miracles DO HAPPEN, and they're
So, on the one hand we can think about miracle recovery, but on the other hand we need to remain rational and accept the cycle of life, which, in my
best estimation, is a WIN-WIN scenario.
Either way, a fabulous life is lived, lives are touched across the whole damned planet, and you leave a rich, rich legacy.
— Doc Velocity