I just talked to Roger Dodger (Dr. Roger Sobin) who has accompanied me to Spring Training for several years, and was saddened to hear that he will be unable to make the trek this year. He may get mad at me for telling this (however, I’m pretty sure he can’t whip me), but Roger has a disease called Amyloidosis, which is a disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein usually produced by cells in your bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Amyloidosis can affect different organs in different people, and there are many types of amyloid.
Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. Aggressive treatment involves chemotherapy, which isn’t always pretty. Roger has his Amyloid levels monitored frequently and he has been in remission for several years.
Well, he recently got a bad result in a test and now has to have a bone marrow tap and all that good stuff including possibly chemo. His doctor has advised him to start next week and he is listening to his doctor. Good for him. I think that everyone who is part of LAdodgerTalkNation should send Roger their well wishes. Roger has beat this once and he will beat it again! The Big Dodger in the Sky isn’t ready for him, and the Devil won’t take him anyway. Send him your prayers and positive thoughts and he’ll pull through this once again.
Good Luck, Roger! We are pulling for you.