Ben Bullington had spent much of his adulthood in Montana, living the life of a small town doctor who picked guitar, sang, wrote and recorded folk and country songs.
Life was good for Bullington, 57, who grew up in Roanoke and graduated from North Cross School, but he found he liked living best in the wide open spaces out west. And with a family to raise, he had no interest in chucking it all for a life on the road, even though he was a respected performer and songwriter.
Then just before last Thanksgiving, he got some hard medical news. Bullington was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“A death sentence,” he called it in a phone interview this past week. “ Right now, I’m doing OK. I don’t know if I’ve got six months, or a year, or two or three. Nobody can tell you that.”
What he did know was that he had disability insurance. So he retired from his practice to make the leap into more live performing.
“It’s funny to talk about, but it is the silver lining,” he said, laughing, from a stop on the road near Baltimore. He had flown there and rented a car for a musical road trip. “The other one is, I tell people that at least I don’t have to worry about getting cancer any more.”
~ Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times
This video was created and uploaded out of love and admiration for Ben and his work. He has seen it and approved of it. -DL
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