Howard Salmon: 'My Doctors Say I'll be a Goner by Year's End'

Former Phantom Limbs drummer and Tucson artist Howie Salmon popped up on Facebook after dropping out of the social-media time-suck for a while—something most of us can fully relate to and understand.

Salmon's recent post, for those who love art, music and Tucson, came as a sad shock—but comments back were all about love and good wishes despite the fact he shared a pretty grim prognosis:

Please drop me a line while I'm still alive. I've got an aggressive brain tumor, and my doctors say I'll be a goner by year's end (that is, in 3 months). I plan on spending my remaining days drawing, painting, and blogging. If I know you, thank you for your friendship. If you want to write me, please do so sooner rather than later, because I'm getting a little foggier everyday...

Salmon said he's not taking visitors yet, but it seems that if you still have that old Tucson spirit in your heart and a fondness for Salmon, a plan needs to be made to visit, to help and share stories.

The best way to catch-up on what Salmon has been dealing with—cancer and an aggressive brain tumor—is to go to his blog at http://howiesalmon.blogspot.com/. He continues to share his work and share updates. Get there, comment and send some love right back.

Like many of us in the Moldy Pueblo, I navigate many different worlds in our city with a small-town vibe. Most of what I find interesting is when worlds collide. This happened a lot when I returned to my hometown more than five years ago after being away for too, too many years.