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Old 11-28-2008, 10:46 AM   #81
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Whitestick, you are a tough guy. I am very impressed with how strong you are able to be.

Good luck to both of you!

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I think I'm not just speaking for myself when I say that your attitude is admirable. I think you're amazing to be able to get your thoughts and emotions together to write so coherently!
Well said.

Whitestick, good luck to you mate, and as was said before, don't hesitate to 'vent' on this forum. You and your wife have been dealt a really bad hand with the worst timing possible.
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Batonblanc,

Your strength and attitude are amazing. They will be what get you through these troubling times. All the best to you and your wife.
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Thanks to all.
REWahoo - Like the German rendition, never thought about that.
DD came over today with the grandkids, and while the kids were asleep, she and DW wrapped Xmas presents that DD had bought this morning. Listening to DD's excitement of going into the fray and coming out with those bargains, helped our attitude, sharing her excitement, and knowing it wasn't us having to get out and do it.
Helped to improve our attitude and I even went out and got a haircut, despite the rainy, cold weather. Made us all feel better.
Thanks again for all the forum members support.
Just because I feel like smiling!
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i thought i was good at making lemonade from lemons, but i do hereby surrender the top dog spot to you.
you are an incredibly positive person. this will be your best ally in trying times ahead.
i wish you both peace and strength and positive outcomes.
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Keep smiling whitestick....it is your best asset during this time.....and it is contagious as well which will definitely help!
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It's been awhile since I've posted, and a lot has been happening. Some good, and another rotten wrench. DW's chemo has been going reasonably well so far, with her getting sick every other time. Still no sign of cancer in her, but the specialist wants to see her next week, before scheduling further treatment. He still believes it's there, as that particular type of cancer spreads everywhere, and doesn't show up on the PET scans all the time. She is understandably nervous about it.
Mine seems to also have been all cut out, as I'm halfway through the Chemo/Radiation regime, and my PET scans are normal as well.
Then the bad news. Our very dear friends of 30 years told us that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 (and I'll probably screw this up) lymphatic leukemia. Or maybe the other way around. Anyway this was before DW's diagnosis, but he was on a regime to get Chemo treatment, and the prognosis was hopeful. Today, his wife called and said that they took him to the hospital and there is a 50/50 chance of survival through the morning. Came on very suddenly, and the doctors are still finger pointing to determine why this happened (no offense intended RIT). We are all in a state of shock over this, since he seemed to be making progress, albeit with some adverse reactions to the Chemo, but they were treating those.
I had negotiated a break in my treatment cycle, so that I could go to Omaha with DW for her operation, and now this happens.
Looks like life is really terminal. At least they have spent the last 5 years traveling around in their RV and seeing the sights, when they weren't taking care of their parents or kids for brief times.
Soon as DW gets cured, and I finish my Chemo, we're packing the RV and heading for somewhere, but I don't know where. Where's that damned FuManChu bull at anyway?
Probably break my other hip, but I'm going to ride that sucker.
I really appreciate all your kind wishes and offers of help. As I said before, I think a place to vent gives some relief, and maybe along the lines of RIT's initial suggestions.
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It's been awhile since I've posted, and a lot has been happening. Some good, and another rotten wrench. DW's chemo has been going reasonably well so far, with her getting sick every other time. Still no sign of cancer in her, but the specialist wants to see her next week, before scheduling further treatment. He still believes it's there, as that particular type of cancer spreads everywhere, and doesn't show up on the PET scans all the time. She is understandably nervous about it.
Mine seems to also have been all cut out, as I'm halfway through the Chemo/Radiation regime, and my PET scans are normal as well.
Then the bad news. Our very dear friends of 30 years told us that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 (and I'll probably screw this up) lymphatic leukemia. Or maybe the other way around. Anyway this was before DW's diagnosis, but he was on a regime to get Chemo treatment, and the prognosis was hopeful. Today, his wife called and said that they took him to the hospital and there is a 50/50 chance of survival through the morning. Came on very suddenly, and the doctors are still finger pointing to determine why this happened (no offense intended RIT). We are all in a state of shock over this, since he seemed to be making progress, albeit with some adverse reactions to the Chemo, but they were treating those.
I had negotiated a break in my treatment cycle, so that I could go to Omaha with DW for her operation, and now this happens.
Looks like life is really terminal. At least they have spent the last 5 years traveling around in their RV and seeing the sights, when they weren't taking care of their parents or kids for brief times.
Soon as DW gets cured, and I finish my Chemo, we're packing the RV and heading for somewhere, but I don't know where. Where's that damned FuManChu bull at anyway?
Probably break my other hip, but I'm going to ride that sucker.
I really appreciate all your kind wishes and offers of help. As I said before, I think a place to vent gives some relief, and maybe along the lines of RIT's initial suggestions.
and because I want to smile
Way to go man. I hope your friend makes it too.

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Hang in there Whitestick. We'll all be here cheering you on when you get up on ol' FuManChu...and when your DW goes "skydivin & rocky mountain climbin' "!

When d'ya suppose you & DWs chemo treatments will be done?

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Soon as DW gets cured, and I finish my Chemo, we're packing the RV and heading for somewhere, but I don't know where. Where's that damned FuManChu bull at anyway?
Probably break my other hip, but I'm going to ride that sucker.
I really appreciate all your kind wishes and offers of help. As I said before, I think a place to vent gives some relief, and maybe along the lines of RIT's initial suggestions.
and because I want to smile
It is a great idea to go traveling. Last I heard that FuManChu bull was grazing in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Good going, and get on with it.
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You're an inspiration, Whitestick, keep on keepin' on.

I got knocked down a bit just before retiring, not as seriously as you and yours. I'm happy just to get outside, have a different perspective now.

Keep us posted on your travels.
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Whitestick, thanks for posting the update and keeping us posted on you and your DW's progress. Be sure to let us know when you hit the road in your RV. Might be nice to meet up somewhere so maybe we can shoot the bull...cause I'm sure not gonna ride it!
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Thank you for taking the time to keep us posted. So sorry about your good friend's condition.

As you said, life is terminal--something to remember for all of us.

Enjoy the RV adventures.
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Thanks for the update . I hope you and your wife get to put this chapter behind you and enjoy life .
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Rambler - I guesstimate in about 5 months or so, maybe 6.
ReWahoo - according to latest reports FuManChu maybe at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you may be right, we should shoot the bull and wait for him to come to us. If he climbs out of there, he should be so tired, he will be easy to ride.
Thanks for all others expressions as well. It really helps. My friend made it through the night, but it's still touch and go. My treatments are getting in the way right now, so I'll have to wait till Friday to go see him. Hopefully his wife will be able to get some sleep before then, as she was sounding pretty ragged on the phone this morning. We are taking encouragement from the slightest changes right now. Went back and reviewed this thread. If it wasn't so tragic and true, it has the makings of a TV drama series. Somehow I just can't seem to get interested in doing my taxes right now. Wonder if there is a medical disposition for delaying filing and paying your taxes. Maybe for several years.
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Whitesick,

My prayers are with you and your DW. Keep thinking about that RV trip and keep fighting. I know it's a cliche but true "tough times don't last but tough people do".
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My prayers are with you and your DW. Keep thinking about that RV trip and keep fighting. I know it's a cliche but true "tough times don't last but tough people do".
Not heard that one before, but I like it and it certainly describes Whitestick who I appreciate sharing his on going story.

Keep going Whitestick, all the very best to you and your friends and family.
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