A memorial service to honor the life and work of Dr. Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin (1925-2014).

Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
Berkeley, CA

http://shulginmemorial.eventbrite.com/

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Memorial Service Updates

Dear Friends of Sasha,

The memorial service for Sasha Shulgin is tentatively planned to take place in Berkeley, CA on the weekend of 2 August in the late afternoon / early evening hours. For up-to-date information including confirmation of date, exact times, location, and RSVP instructions, please check here ( shulginresearch.org ).

Greg Manning (Team Shulgin)

Sasha Shulgin (1925-2014)

The Shulgin Lab

At 5:00 pm on June 2, 2014, Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin succumbed to liver cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. For more information please see ASRI’s obituary for Sasha.

For details regarding Sasha’s memorial, which will be held in a few weeks in the Bay Area, please join our e-mail list via the form to the right.

To All Our Friends…

The time has come for me to tell you what none of us wanted to say or hear. Sasha has moved into a new phase, beginning just four or five days ago, characterized by great weakness (he can barely lift his head), loss of weight (he’s somewhere around 130 lbs.), and reluctance to utter more than single words at a time.

We are still blessed in that he has no pain—or when he does have a twinge or even a needle-strike, it’s over immediately, and we haven’t had to give him any of the strong pain medicines which Hospice has available. We hope it continues that way.

But everything else is not good news. He’s holding on to life, or at least his body is fighting the good fight (he was always extremely strong and healthy, until a few years ago), and it’s possible that he may live to see his 89th birthday, but we can’t be sure. For that matter, he may stay with us for several months more, but we would be surprised if he did.

Sasha knows that he’s dying, but that doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t know he has cancer of the liver, and there’s no need for him to know; that knowledge would give him nothing useful. After all, as he has said, “We all have to die of something!”

Thanks to all of you for your support all these years. We appreciate every single dollar and every note or e-mail. You have kept our Tibetan and British caregivers here with him, and he has been surrounded by love and a lot of laughter, due to your help and compassion.

I’ll let you know when there is an important change. In the meantime,

Blessings

Ann and Team Shulgin

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Photo by Greg Manning

Health Update for Sasha

April 17, 2014

Dear People,

First, my apology (yet again) for the long silence. I’ve been dealing with pain control for months, due to a bad left hip joint which can’t be dealt with by surgery, and –- as many of you know – pain tends to diminish energy, and writing takes energy. Things are gradually improving, with the help of good doctoring by Dr. Paul Abramson, and here I am.

It’s not just because I’m feeling better that I’m communicating with you today; it seems to me that the full story of Sasha’s health has to be shared with you right now, since all of you have – miraculously – helped to keep him safe and well cared for at home, and you deserve to know what has developed within the last few months.

You know Sasha has mild dementia, which means that he talks and laughs and creates marvelous puns, but can’t remember what he had for breakfast, or even that he actually had a breakfast. He remembers old friends, but can’t easily remember the names of his care-people, who have been with him for over a year. It is because of the dementia that I have not told him what I am now telling you, which is that he has recently been diagnosed as having liver cancer. It is absolutely painless, thank God, and we hope it’ll continue to be so. He has lost a lot of weight and is beginning to weaken, but the girls keep him exercised and walking so that he can visit his favorite Starbucks and interact with the group of nice elders who gather there every day.

We have the help of Hospice, which is wonderful. There isn’t much, yet, for them to do except take his vital signs once a week, but they are there when and if we need them.

If Sasha were mentally clear and able to understand fully what the situation is, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell him, but as it is, he would take in the information and forget most of it, but the images and fears would be there when he woke in the morning and he would spend a lot of time wondering what was wrong and why he felt anxious, and we would spend all this precious time with him trying to explain over and over again and reassuring him and wishing we’d kept quiet and allowed him to enjoy these months. After all, he is happy most of the time, and I want him to remain happy. He will be 89 years old in June, and we will celebrate his long and fruitful and loving life with all our hearts and he will remain at peace.

I thank all of you, yet again, for having helped us so much during these past years, and believe me when I tell you that we are grateful for every five dollar bill (and there have been many) as well as every one hundred dollar bill. Not many people have such friends and such compassionate and caring acquaintances, and so many people expressing gratitude at the end of their lives. Thank you.

Blessings — Ann

 

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