My name is Rob Gregory. On Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in my right calf known as a High Grade Monophasic Synovial Sarcoma. This blog catalogs my fight.

**Update: We amputated my right leg above the knee on February 24, 2011. I am now officially cancer free and learning how to live life to the fullest on one leg. If anyone has any questions about cancer treatment, or dealing with an amputation, please do not hesitate to leave me a note or send me an email. I talk to a lot of people who are starting down these paths, and I am more than happy to help in any way I can, even if it is just listening as someone who can understand what you are going through!

Email: rrgreg@gmail.com
Instagram: @robgregory
Twitter: @rrg
Portfolio Website: RobGregoryPhotography.com

47 Responses to About

  1. Joan Gregory says:

    I love you and pray you will have great success with chemo.

  2. MH & Charlie says:

    Rob, as we read through your comments, thoughts, and descriptions, we are touched and amazed by your strength. Today particularly, as you begin the process, you will constantly be in our hearts and prayers.

    • Rob says:

      Thank you all so much for your notes of support! I can’t help but feel that God has given me an overwhelming sense of peace about this whole thing and I’m just ready to get the process started and get this junk out of my leg! Stay in touch!

  3. Meredith Braintwain Travers says:

    Your strenth and positive disposition are overwhelming. It’s just amazing. We’re lifting you up in prayer.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Meredith! Your mom was always just the same when I saw her. She was a beautiful woman and a true example to follow in so many ways. I hope this finds you doing well!
      All the best

  4. Megan Harper says:

    Your website came up on your gchat and I am so glad I clicked on it! Everything has progressed so quickly since we just saw you on Stephen’s birthday, I really can’t believe it! I’m glad to hear that you are in great hands though! We will be praying for you and keeping up with you on the blog! Please let Ashley know if she needs anything to let us know! Take care bud!
    Lots of love and prayers,
    Megan and Drew Harper

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Megan and Drew! And I know what you mean. It seems like Shirk’s birthday was a year ago with the way we have been running around since then. I’m glad I could see all of you before I took off though. Even though i’m not gonna be around for a while, yall should give Ashley a shout when you can! She’s always up to do stuff and has some more time on her hands now that i’m not there holding her back! Haha. I hope yall are doing well, and stay in touch!

  5. Steve Jones says:

    Rob, this is one of your Dad and Mom’s old friend from college. You may remember our three kids when you were very young, living in Marietta. I want you to know that besides me and my wife, Kathy, our sunday school class and church are lifting you up in prayer. We will follow your progress on your blog as well as emails and phone calls from your mom and dad. Your strong faith in our Lord and Savior during this difficult time is an inspiration to all of us.

    Steve and kathy Jones

    • Rob says:

      Thank yall so much for the kind note. The power of prayer continues to humble me in this time and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out. I hope this finds both you and your family doing well!
      All the best.

  6. Lynda Wicker says:


    Everyone at JWT is thinking of you. Keep up the positive outlook! We will stay in touch.


    • Rob says:

      Thanks Lynda! Just don’t try to throw me on IR too quick! I think I’ll be able to push through once i’m out of this initial run in the hospital! Haha.
      Thanks for all of your support and I’ll be in close touch!

  7. Rick Hill and Matt Berger says:

    Hey Rob

    Dude. We just heard. We’re thinking about you man. We love this site you’ve put together. It’s cool to read about what’s going on in your head. You’re a brave man. I would even say almost hero like. HA!(Just amazed how well an Art Director can write)

    Let us know if we can help or do anything for you. We’ll be thinking about you down in the dirty dirty. All joking aside, we are thinking about you. F&%@ you cancer!

    -Rick and Matt

  8. Caitlin Mitchell says:

    We are all thinking and praying for you. We love you!!

  9. Roy Trimble says:

    Hi Rob,

    I have no doubt this is a story with a happy ending.
    You’re teaching Cancer a thing or two about being aggressive.
    The progress you’ve made so far is nothing short of amazing. Keep the pressure on and keep writing. Your friends here at the office want to keep up with your progress. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  10. Laura Berg says:

    Hey Rob!

    I just heard about your diagnosis and want to let you know that I’m praying for you. I’m so glad you’re writing this blog and still able to work remotely. You’re a strong fighter and I know you’ll beat this thing! It sounds like God is really working miracles getting you started on your treatment so quickly. Wish you were in Atlanta though so we could watch RG3 and the rest of the Baylor team whoop up on the aggies this weekend!


    • Rob says:

      It’d be a pleasure to watch RG3 beat up on anything after that OK State game last week! But help cheer em on with me. Maybe with the “Sic Em Bears” coming from across the nation it’ll help pull em through! Thanks for the prayers and I hope you are doing well!!!


  11. Candy McDaniel says:

    You are truly a breathe of fresh air. An inspiration to all those that read about your illness. Keep up the good work – You will be better sooner than you think…. God Bless…..


  12. Peggy Redfern says:

    Hey Little Rob!
    I just discovered your blog. I’ve been sitting here reading all your entries. It’s wonderful to hear all the details of your journey. I’m so grateful that you are in such good hands, you deserve it!! I love all the funny stories about nurses and TVs. Sounds like you haven’t lost your sense of humor or your sense of wonder. I’m certain you are uplifting patients and staff alike.

    Thank you for creating this blog. It helps me feel connected.

    I love you and I’m praying for you!

    Sunny side up!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Peggy! I always love hearing from you and am glad that you took a minute to leave a note on here. And yep! Still just living like i do. You didn’t think i’d let a little cancer slow me down did you!??
      Haha. I hope everything is going well with you in Atlanta, and we’ll have to have one of our infamous wine nights when I get back in town!
      Stay in touch!!!

      • Peggy Redfern says:

        Hey, I’m proud of the way you’re handling this. Maybe you could give lessons on your laid back approach. It’s working for you.

        Stay strong. I know you will. And yes, I knew you wouldn’t let it slow you down.

        A wine welcome home party is a must! Complete with lemonade for me and Jack.

        I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog.

        love, Peggy

  13. penny redfern says:

    Hey Rob,

    This is the very best use of technology! I felt uplifted by your candid and honest descriptions, thank you for sharing. I’ll be checking in here every day and sending you blessings. That tumor ain’t got a chance against you and Dr. Rosen!

    Much love,

  14. Beverly and Wayne Redfern says:

    Your writings on this blog are excellent and inspiring. We will continue to pray daily for you, your caregivers and your terrific family. The optimistic attitude that we
    always observed in Uncle Robert has certainly been inherted by you. It will serve you well. We look forward to all your writings as your fine spirit shines through with every word. From cousins who love you- Beverly and Wayne Redfern

  15. Peggy Redfern says:

    I was thinking about Uncle Rob today. I agree with Mama’s comment about you inheriting his optimistic attitude, after all, you’re named for him.

    Uncle Robert is in heaven pulling strings, can you feel it? He’s doing everything he can to help out. I had this visual of him really busy, talking with several souls. Made me smile.

    • Rob says:

      If you want something really weird to think about: I was living with and helping Granddaddy as he went through his fight with cancer, all while I had this cancer growing in my leg the entire time. The blind leading the blind, and I couldn’t have asked for better company! :)


      • Peggy Redfern says:

        I actually thought about that. It was great company!

        Somehow, I know yours was caught in the nick of time and the treatment you’re receiving will have an excellent effect down the road. May be difficult right now, but it’ll be so worth it later.

        Go, Dr. Rosen, go!

  16. Candy McDaniel says:

    I look forward to reading your blog each day. You will enjoy living in NYC – such a vibrant city., Enjoy your new queen size bed ….. You are a wonderful writer – and such a caring person to all you meet. This to will pass and you will be back in god ole Atlanta soon.


  17. crystal says:

    thinking of you and hoping you are healing and feeling better with each passing day. Last time I saw you- you were a little boy at my brothers wedding-somewhere in a tiny church with ferns all around -think it was near your grandfathers place -so long ago do not recall the name.

  18. Candy McDaniel says:

    You are amazing – I look forward to your Blog everyday. It actually makes me smile…. Lots of prayers are being said for you. I know that you will be ‘back in the saddle’ soon.

    Keep up the good work – thoughts – and determination.


  19. John Connors says:

    Hey Rob – just wanted to say all your Brothers in Htown are holding you up in our prayers!

  20. Gail Hardie says:

    Hello Rob,
    Bob and I met you a couple of years ago in Shanghai – when we all lived in Lansen Place. I would like to say that I have enjoyed your blog…but that wouldn’t be true – however you are a great writer! I do enjoy the pics especially the superman snuggly and must sayyou look very distinguished with your new hairstyle or lack of I should say. Thanks to good genes, you have a nice head!
    Bob and I think of you and your family often and send lots love your way. Enjoyed reading about Trinity – small world! Take care – and perhaps since WF isn’t in the BCS, you might want to pull for Auburn!!
    Much love to you and your family – stay warm – xo gail

  21. Candy McDaniel says:

    You are an amazing and corageous young man. An example to some many. So many prayers are being said for you. God bless you and your family…

    Candy McDaniel

  22. Haley and Matt Lillibridge says:

    Rob~ Your strength is amazing! We are praying for you!

  23. Kyna Schadler says:

    Hi Rob!!

    Just heard about your surgery tomorrow…You’re in my prayers. God bless you!!

  24. Jessica & Daniel Winter says:

    You are continually in our thoughts and prayers as you are healing and in recovery!

  25. Hi, Miss Obvious here.
    I think you are cooler than leggings coming back in style, and maybe tube socks too.
    I think you know A LOT.
    I think I could ask you maybe 500 questions, about business and school, but really
    I wonder things like, “What matters after this diagnosis to you?
    What really really matters in your heart?”
    I kind of wanted to know cause I kind of want to live thinking that way too.
    Did you have a small dog you dressed in hot pink sweaters at The Circus?
    Something tells me Not.
    But, maybe you did.
    I still say things like, “If I did that first quarter panel…” when I pump myself up to face anxiety or a crisis. I think it was the closest to feeling like Rocky I may ever get.
    I hope you write me back.
    I really really need to fill that “Artist I met and Liked” book. It’s serious.

  26. Amanda says:

    Hi Rob! I don’t know you, but found your blog when I googled “surviving sarcoma.” I’m 33 and I was just diagnosed with high grade synovial sarcoma in my left calf. Our situation seems similar so I’m wondering how you are doing now? I’m terrified of what the future holds, but your blog has been really informative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing! I hope all has turned out well for you.

  27. Cathy says:

    Hi Rob!
    After a 2.5 year battle, I lost my 24 y/o daughter to ewings sarcoma pnet on 11/1/10. Knowing the courage and determination needed for the treatment, I am always thrilled to see and hear of those who fought and won the fight. I wish you nothing but the best of what life has to offer. A long, wonderful, healthy life! Live it for those who no longer can :)

  28. Teresa says:

    My Son was diagnosed with ewings sarcoma in April 2011, 20-years old at the time and serving in the National Guard, he was expected to go to Boot Camp on his 21st Birthday, in July, but obviously, God had a different journey in mind. From what I can tell it is rare for someone his age to have this but we feel blessed that there is no evidence that the cancer had spread. In fact, we are amazed at how many blessing have come out of this very difficult journey. He is doing well, completed several months of chemo, that required hospital stays from 3 to 8 days each session, depending on the chemo combinations used. Had a good response to the chemo and his tumor shrunk to less then 1/4 of the original size. Surgery was 3-three weeks ago and they removed the tumor and a portion of the fibula. It’s been difficult to see him go through this but he has such a good outlook. Many of his family and friends try to be an inspiration but he is the one who inspires all of us. I have been reaching out for information, trying to get an idea of what I can do to help him through this. I found your blog and wanted to say thank you for sharing your journey. God Bless

  29. Nell Tilghman Estes says:

    Hi, Rob,
    I went to North Springs High School with your Dad. I saw your parents at our 40th reunion about 2 years ago. In corresponding with Jim recently I learned about your story and your blog. You are such an inspiration! May God continue to bless you in your journey and in your ministry of encouragement for countless others.
    In His Grace,

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Nell! That’s very nice of you. God has blessed me beyond all understanding. I hope everything is going well with you!


  30. Dave O says:

    Hi Rob,

    Just stumbled on your blog and it is great to see that things are going well. From the looks of the comments it is pretty clear that God answered a lot of prayers on your behalf. It is awesome that He hears and responds when we call out to Him.

    At age 14, I was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in October, 1973 and given a 3% chance to survive. Brutal chemotherapy, radiation, and then a BK amputation. But life is good and I consider it an inconvenience more than anything. Ran 4 miles on my C-leg yesterday.

    Thankful too,

    Dave O

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