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#11609 - 01/23/09 03:27 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: botma]
Poppa Willis Offline

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 177
Went through the big cancer deal myself 5 years ago - they gave me a 50/50 chance of living for 5 years. I pray for you also Howard for strength to get THROUGH this. You can and will. Keep us posted man. Stay connected! Log in from treatment and the hospital, but stay connected! Places like this become welcome second homes and sources of encouragement.

Be blessed!

#11610 - 01/23/09 03:44 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Poppa Willis]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10883
Loc: Hamlin NY
I also went through the big C 4 years ago.

Good luck and our prayers are with you.
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#11611 - 01/23/09 04:30 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: MarioD]
occ Offline

Registered: 12/05/01
Posts: 627
Howard check your PM . occ

#11612 - 01/23/09 04:41 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: occ]
PeterGannon Offline
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Registered: 05/29/00
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Sorry to hear that Howard. I'm saying a prayer for you here.
Have Fun!
Peter Gannon
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#11613 - 01/23/09 05:22 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
BlueTurbit Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 228
Loc: TX
Another prayer Howard.
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#11614 - 01/23/09 06:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 13041
Loc: Australia
I'm sorry to hear your news. You're in my prayers.
Well wishes galore,

#11615 - 01/23/09 07:05 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Noel96]
Danny C. Offline

Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 6463
Loc: South Louisiana

You have been and will remain in our prayers. Please keep the faith and hang in there, and of course let me know if there is anything personal I can do for you and/or family. You know I am only a few hours or so drive away.
Danny C.

The More You Drink The Better I Sound

#11616 - 01/23/09 08:05 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Danny C.]
Howard Offline

Registered: 05/30/00
Posts: 2704
Loc: Leesville,La. USA
I can't thank you all enough for the support and encouragement. My local oncologist said that since I was still able to get around and feed myself,etc, that there was a pretty good chance to beat this. My age is against me, 71 next month, but I'm pretty hopeful. I hate how it's hurting my wife, she lost her last three siblings in less than a year from cancer.Again thank you all so much.

#11617 - 01/23/09 08:34 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
Don Gaynor Online   content

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7763
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
often the wives get overlooked in these situations and need extra love and encouragement too. please give your wife a big hug and a kiss for me, harold, and tell her how much she is appreciated. my thoughts are with you both.

#11618 - 01/23/09 08:45 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10883
Loc: Hamlin NY
I know what you mean about the wife. My wife lost her mother to cancer when my wife was 15. When I had my bout I could see the worry in her face regardless how much she tried to hide it. That hurt more than the chemo!

For what it’s worth I found that whey protein really helped me. I bought the chocolate favored powder that I mixed with milk. It is the same whey protein that body builders use. It really helped me with my energy level. You may want to check it out.

Good luck my friend.
The only exercise I did this month was run out of money!

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

#11619 - 01/23/09 10:02 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: BlueTurbit]
edbulmer Offline

Registered: 09/18/06
Posts: 809
Loc: Toronto
We'll here for you Howard. A great bunch here, stay focused and positive, it does make a difference. I have a fellow boating friend who's had this for 15 years. He's doing well. I know everyone's different but we are praying for you. What a great head start. Keep us informed.
My website to hear my stuff-

guitar player, vocalist, sailor

#11620 - 01/23/09 10:32 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: edbulmer]
Don Gaynor Online   content

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7763
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
if protein supplements are in order, then i heartily recommend Ensure supplement shakes. with my swallowing difficulty my doctor prescribed it to keep my weight up. walmart Equate is cheaper but fewer flavors. the ensure butter pecan is scrumptious. i get it through the va canteen for 16.50/24 case. i drink 2 per day and have kept my weight up but my fingernails grow like weeds. howard, are you a veteran? the va has several programs that would benefit both you and your wife. one is 'respite care' where they will send a nurse to your home so your wife can get a break. check with your nearest va.


#11621 - 01/24/09 12:09 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Don Gaynor]
Le Miz Offline

Registered: 03/20/01
Posts: 224
Loc: Austin, TX
You (and your family) are in my prayers, Howard.

#11622 - 01/24/09 12:56 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Le Miz]
DennisD Offline

Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 317
Loc: BC Interior
Howard, sorry to hear about your prognosis. My thoughts will be with you. I wish you enduring good spirits, and continual prayer. Dennis
There are only 3 kinds of musicians: those that can count, and those that can't!
PC AMD A4-5300 APU 3.4 GHz, 8gb RAM, 1T HDD, Windows 10,
Reaper 4.77, BIAB2018, PTPA12, RB2018, Roland VS-880 DAW

#11623 - 01/24/09 04:05 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: DennisD]
Keith from Oz Offline

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: NSW Australia
You have our thoughts & prayers from Downunder too, Howard.

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