When the famous war protester met Scientology: A spiritual encounter in Los Angeles - 2018-06-01
Sunny Pereira, who has helped us out with so many Scientology technical issues, brought up a memory she had about a remarkable man. Once she told us about it, we asked her to write it up for the Bunker as a poignant slice of Sea Org life. We hope you'll agree that it was a story worth telling...
For most of 2002 and into part of 2003 I was in Venezuela. I was there during protests, riots, and massive civil unrest that overtook the country. I had finally gotten myself free of Venezuela and returned to Los Angeles. Of course, as is so common in the Sea Org, I was in trouble and getting a Committee of Evidence (a story for another day).
In the middle of all of that, my stepdad Erik had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He and my mother were Sea Org members and had been for decades. He was being seen by the doctor in Hollywood Presbyterian, very close to the main Sea Org property, locally called "Big Blue." The doctor determined that the cancer was caused by the treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma decades earlier when my stepdad was in the Air Force. For this reason, the Sea Org would not have to pay for any of his care or treatment (Sea Org care is minimal to say the least, so this option proved to be a better one). As it turned out, sadly, his cancer was too far advanced for any treatment, and he was soon placed in a hospice facility, directly across the street from the hospital, and, conveniently, very close to PAC Base, where both my mom and I were assigned. This made it possible for us to make pretty regular visits to him and, in his last days, be with him the entire day — anyone familiar with Sea Org lifestyle knows this is not common. We don't normally have the ability to stay with ill staff members, but in this case, just because there was nothing else pressing going on, we were able to stay with him long and often.