And of course, there is music.
Vee and his family didn't plan to make an album when they set up drums and amps in his adobe garage north of Tucson, Ariz., after his diagnosis. They just wanted to make music.
"Our mantra from that point forward has been, 'Don't turn down any parties.' We're going to make every day as good a day as it can be," Jeff Vee said.
His father described recording again as "a feel-good kind of thing."
For the 18-track album, Vee chose songs he would sing on family campouts while strumming a guitar: "Save the Last Dance for Me," Gordon Lightfoot's "Walls" and Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You." His three sons helped — Jeff on drums, Tommy on bass and Robby, a guitarist — and daughter Jennifer added some lyrics.