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Dagwood Reed Juggles A New Album and Chemotherapy

In December 2012, Dagwood Reed was singing, playing keyboards, and writing songs for his sci-fi-inspired local band, Se7en of Nin9. His romantic partner of nearly 20 years had passed away a year earlier from Addison's disease, but the self-proclaimed most positive person he knows stayed in high spirits. He loved creating music and relished his friendship with his bandmates, two of whom he has known for a combined 35 years. The band played Long Wong's and Hard Rock Café and was putting the finishing touches on its debut album, Objects Near Earth.

A month later, the 240-pound 47-year-old was 60 pounds thinner. Every time he ate, he experienced extreme stomach pains.

A month later, a doctor diagnosed him with aggressive stage four biliary cancer, which originates in the gallbladder and has caused Reed's stomach, liver, lungs, vocal cords, and other organs to be attacked.

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Nicki Escudero
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