If you have not seen his newsletter or his Facebook page, the diagnosis is finally in, after years of waiting… Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
*long sigh* I…am at a loss, I’ll be honest here. Digesting this is difficult. Last time I saw Jeff was in April of 2013, and I was watching over him with my friend Kelly at breakfast. And I knew that it was a tough adjustment to loss of eyesight, but I remembered Jeff from Jammin’ in Jamaica, and it was more than just the adjustment.
Kirk Whalum mentioned visiting him aboard CapJazz this year. Thank you to Kirk for taking the time out to make the journey to watch over one of our own. You’re a good egg.
This diagnosis is hard to swallow. PSP is aggressive. If you read the link in the disease name above, it’ll give you a summary of what it entails. This is heavy reading, and even heavier thinking on the implications.
All we can do is hope for the best and that the condition will be managed, or treated somehow, or something. Jeff is family; he is One Of Our Own within the contemporary jazz circles; there’s hardly a person who hadn’t met him, heard him, or worked with him. To me, he’ll always be the guy who ran into the Q&A at Jammin’ in Jamaica in blue pajamas. Put faith in the doctors treating him, and in the progress of research and medicine; if there’s a way, it will be found.
If you want to send him some well-wishes, please do so through the JeffGolub.com website or his Facebook page.
And if you’d like to donate to PSP research, there’s a donation link in the article I linked above. I urge you to do so. Any new research will greatly help Jeff and others with the condition; if more is known about the condition and how to treat it, it goes a long way.