Happy New Year! Thank you for all the healing energy sent my way. I can honestly say that I felt it as a tingling in my scalp. I am pleased to report that I am still here. I feel good but being sick is a full time job. I am having some minor problems but none that can’t be addressed. In the meantime, I have finished my book on Leonardo’s Brain! I wrote the last chapter a week ago and feel a real sense of accomplishment. Of course, I have to read the entire manuscript through and take out all the redundancies, put in all the quotes and check the facts but at least I am finished. I plan to hand in the mss on Jan 4th which was the deadline I agreed to back in March of 2008. On another note, my daughter Kimberly posted my lectures to the website and youtube and they add another whole dimension. Jordan and Caroline had a little boy that they named Arthur Leonard Shlain and Tiffany is pregnant and Ken and Tiff are expecting May 28th. My cup runneth over. I also am laying plans to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow, Bill Moyers, Memmet Oz, Lyn Lear, and Michael Krasny. Now that I am feeling better, I can do more things.
Thanks for everything. Best, Len Shlain
You prayed and visualized from San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York, India, Bali and China. Artists and Scientists and Suits and Seekers did it, alongside Nuns and Yogis and Buddahs and whole conferences. Wow! People did it alone and together, hundreds at a time. The MRI on Monday, Nov 17th indicated that the tumor had shrunk. We check back in a month. But in the meantime the whole Shlain and Gyemant family, all twenty of us, including eight grandchildren, are boarding a plane to Maui in a few hours to both celebrate and rest from the ordeal. Jordan and Caroline, who are expecting a new baby any minute, will be holding down the fort in California.
Our dad has just finished brain surgery followed by six weeks of chemo and
radiation. On November 14th anytime between 3 and 6 PM PST, we’re trying to get as many people as we can to send healing thoughts his way. Either praying, meditating, and or visualizing that the tumor is shrunk or better yet is not there anymore, or just send healing thoughts. We want more than anything for him to get better and are exploring every possibility.
Thank you so much for participating in this “distant healing” experiment.
Much love and gratitude,
Kimberly, Jordan, Tiffany, Annie, & Robby
My Dear Friends,
Thank you for all your warm wishes and support. It means the world to me.I would like to give you an update on my progress. I had emergency neurosurgery on September 6 for a malignant brain tumor. I was having symptoms of confusion, difficulty buttoning my left sleeve with my right hand (I am right handed), and then, one morning I had trouble with my speech. I knew what I wanted to say but I couldn’t get the words out. After the surgery I had some brain swelling which made it more difficult to speak and I had a weakness in my right arm and leg. Wow. I thought these would not resolve but fortunately they did and I now have regained what I would consider about 90-95 percent of my speech and right side. I began chemo and radiation treatments two weeks later. This week is my final of six weeks. I won’t bore you with the details but it has not been a walk in the park.
I can’t praise my wife, Ina Gyemant, enough, for her incredible care and constant love. I want to tell you how inspired I am when I visit this website that my two talented daughters, Kimberly Brooks and Tiffany Shlain, put together. I am moved to tears by reading the wonderful entries wishing me well and telling stories about past encounters with me. My son, Jordan Shlain, MD, along with my many other doctors, are taking excellent care of me. I am determined to finish the book, Leonardo’s Brain, and have been working away on it. I have only three or four chapters to go and have written 18 chapters already.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank those of you who have written to me. The wishes you have posted on the website and the letters I have received are what keep me going everyday.
Warmest regards, Leonard Shlain
On September 4, 2008 you received an email newsletter from Leonard Shlain which included his upcoming Fall speaking engagements and news about the near completion of his fourth book “Leonardo’s Brain: The Left Right Roots of Creativity”.
On September 6th Leonard was admitted to California Pacific Medical Center where doctors removed a malignant brain tumor. It is sadly ironic that he developed a brain tumor in the same location that Leonardo Da Vinci suffered a stroke in the later years of his life.
Leonard is at home resting and will soon begin radiation and chemotherapy. He is canceling his speaking schedule but in typical Leonard Shlain fashion he is determined to complete his book. Leonard is getting stronger everyday and wants us to keep you updated on his progress. Also, Leonard would love to read wishes from you here. Think of it as a giant get well card.
Leonard Shlain’s Family
Leonard has begun has daily radiation and chemotherapy treatment at UCSF. He has regained most of his speech and strength in his right side since the surgery. He sings “Zippity Doo Dah Zippity Zippitay Ay” to convey his envisioning of his brain getting zapped by Gamma Knife Radiation on a daily basis. He is looking forward to a family trip to Hawaii the week after radiation.
Our dad is an extraordinary father and human being and was always fascinated by the brain. When we were young, he would entertain us and our classmates by bringing a human brain in a white bucket of formaldehyde to our elementary school during show and tell. His brilliance and curiousity informs how he has lead his life. In the backyard, instead of a swing set, he built a stained-glass geodesic dome with a hot tub in the middle.
Dinner conversations typically span from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, to politics, literature to a hilarious joke. When we were young, he would diagram the operations he did that day on a napkin; later, his diagrams became more adventuresome and expanded to thought experiments including what it would be like to sit astride a beam of light and how that corresponded with Picasso’s rose period, blue period and cubism. Soon his first book, “Art and Physics” was born and the rest is history. He loves to tell stories and loves to hear them. Reading yours will put a real smile on his face!
To honor Leonard Shlain’s Memory, we would be most grateful if you made a contribution to the Leonard Shlain Scholarship Fund at The Saybrook Graduate School. Any amount would be wonderful. You can make a donation immediately via Paypal, which goes directly to the Saybrook Institute.
Or you can mail it here:
Att: Ed Patuto, Shlain Scholarship Fund
Saybrook Graduate and Research Center
747 Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111