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« on: October 31, 2013, 02:13:34 AM »

Hey, all;
What happened to Da Slab Bacon? It's like he got to 3885 posts and quit. Was that a sentimental point?  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 07:08:53 AM »

I believe Frank has been very busy setting up his machine shop.  The story I  was told was that his regular job was a bit shaky and he decided he needed to set up a business of his own.  I have not heard or talked to Frank in several years. 

Hopefully when things settle out we will hear him back on with some RF.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2013, 07:42:10 AM »

Heard the same from Frank a few months ago via email.  Setting up shop and busy. He's fine yet as far as I know. Perhaps we can entice him on wFDN, 3733khz around 5:30 pm EST evenings if that roundtable is still active. Busy time of PM for me so tough making that sked.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2013, 05:37:56 PM »

I talked to Frank over last weekend and he has a new health
issue that was to be looked into the first of this week (Monday
the 28th).  

Haven't checked back yet but the problem is significant so we
should be prepared for anything...  (His L.L. #  410 / 668 - 0437)

Oh, and by the way, he is still working with the same outfit and
the business is still shaky so I'm guessing his health insurance
is still current...
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2013, 05:58:25 PM »

Thanks Ralph, I'll give him a ring this weekend and see how he's doing.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2013, 08:27:51 PM »

Not good reading. Frank has been plagued with a recurring medical issue for the last two years.
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2013, 05:29:08 PM »

Frank's on the WFD net right now. 3733 kHz.
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2013, 07:45:37 PM »

Well, I just talked to Frank on the LL and he's doing well, and by well I mean his spirits are up even with the health issues. We only chatted for a little while since company showed up but at least I have is LL and email so I can keep in touch.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2013, 10:12:00 PM »

I have been feeling fairly good lately, but I recently got some news that I wasn't ready for. (go figger)

About a month or so I had my routine bloodwork done, and something nasty showed up. They found a protein in my blood that was a marker for liver cancer.
And it was at a very high level. They redid it a month later (last week) and the level of this protein had increased further. Next came a CT-scan and it confirmed it. I have liver cancer. This kinda sucks, but I have never been one to back down from a fight!

I had a long phone call with my liver specialist's assistant on friday which confirmed the diagnosis. I am right now waiting for Hopkins' board of specialists to decide the "rules of engagement", and should know for sure either this coming monday afternoon or tuesday morning.

The suspense of the unknown has been driving me nutso since the diagnosis. So I cornered her and asked her if I am looking at a death sentence. (The thought of cancer always brings out the worst expectations) She said it is always possible, but not likely. She seems to think I should get through this. I am on and have been on the transplant list for several years now. But........ She said that we have to patch up the existing liver for now until I get a transplant. she seems to think that that I should get through this and move on. (I sure hope she's right.)

She seems to think I should be a prime candidate for a TACE proceedure. TACE stands for Trans Arterial Chemo Embolism (or something like that) If you simply google "TACE procedure", there is a bunch of info on it and it sounds pretty interesting.

The suspense of the unknown is driving me crazy! You kinda feel like "just do something" Knowing that you have cancer and just waiting is tough on the head. I said to her to do it, just do it now! Lets just do it and get it behind us!
I also told her to not skimp on the chemo juice, give me the full blast if it makes for quick results.

I will update this thread as this plays out, but for now, that is the whole story

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2013, 11:59:57 PM »

Frank,

Good to hear from you, its been awhile.

Thanks for letting us know about this latest problem.  I'm sure you'll get through this.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 01:49:37 PM »

God Bless you Frank.
You and Carol will get through this FB.
-Your a seasoned vet with a great attitude for the battle ahead.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 03:25:42 PM »

Best wishes Frank!
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2013, 04:07:08 PM »

We are sorry to hear the diagnosis but if anybody can whip this
lousy ailment's ass it'd be you my friend! Best wishes as always and Godspeed.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2013, 07:13:38 PM »

Good luck.  That would drive me crazy.  I wish you the best.
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2013, 09:45:51 PM »

 GOOD LUCK FRANK Cool I WISH YOU THE BEST Cool
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2013, 06:52:21 AM »

I'll keep you in my prayers Frank.
Do not give them green lights to go full blast chemo. I do not know what "cocktail" I had for my simple stage II Lymphoma. It is devastating to your body and your mind. They will know what you can handle. If chemo is the game plan they should be testing your heart....MUGA (?) and test your bone marrow to make red blood cells.
It all depends what mixture of drugs and their battle plans.........trust your docs.
I am not mister-know-it-all Frank. It will depend on the "cocktail" ( chemo mix of various drugs) that they think you need to get through this.
Sorry that we have this in a public forum; but you are one of us and we are fellow radio guys that have seen other situations on AMFONE. We'll be the cheerleading section.
Thanks for letting us know what is happening; instead of going "private" and we have to call a cellphone or send PM's through another member.
This tells us you are ready for the times ahead and get through this with a victory.
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2013, 08:46:13 AM »

Hi Frank,

     Good thing it's 2013 and not 1970.

There ain't a liver in North America can bother you.

Best of luck.

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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2013, 10:29:31 AM »

If it was 1970, Frank would be 16 years old and have a healthy liver.  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2013, 10:41:17 AM »

If it was 1970, Frank would be 16 years old and have a healthy liver.  Wink

Stop ruining my posts with facts.

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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2013, 11:03:12 AM »

All the best for a healthy recovery, Frank!   

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« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2013, 04:06:37 PM »

Get well!

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« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2013, 09:29:25 PM »

First of all, thank youse guys for all of the support and best wishes! ! ! ! !
It is greatly appreciated, I'll take all of the support I can get in these scarey times!

After more lengthy conversations with my liver guy, this seems to be the plan of attack: From what I was told, the TACE procedure is only a stopgap measure. With my liver condition even after the current tumor is killed, the cancer will more than likely reoccur somewhere else in the liver. The only permanent cure is a liver transplant. So............ This is a game changer!

So far it looks like I am going to be bumped up for a liver transplant. They are going to TACE me first to kill the tumor that I have. I was told to expect the call in somewhere around 6 months. I don't look forward to this! From what I was told so far, it looks like 4 to 6 weeks in the horsepistol, and somewhere around 6 months for full recovery. Seasoned with millions of checkups, tests and consultations. It looks like I will get through this if there are no hickups along the way. It does not sound like it is going to be fun, but I have never been one to give up easily.

Frank
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2013, 09:51:14 PM »

Frank,

We never had the opportunity to chat or even exchange words in the forum. I still feel that I know you and am with you all the way.

For what it's worth: there are two, and only two, first rate places to go on the east coast when C strikes. One is Sloan in NYC and the other Hopkins. You are fortunate to have the experts right there; make them work for their pay. Make them explain everything to your satisfaction and keep copious notes.

Side story - my best friends (husband and wife) both were diagnosed. She went to Sloan and he went to Hopkins. Of course, he doesn't love her as much as I do  Kiss    Both are doing fine after six years.

Hang in there
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2013, 11:56:03 PM »

Frank,

Flashback..  History..  Who you were, are, and will be. My bet is on you Pal! History does repeat itself.. and dat's some damn good odds, right?

Best,
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« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2013, 12:47:52 AM »

Frank,

I missed something in your post.

Are you having the TACE procedure done in 6 months or the liver transplant in 6 months?  I would think the TACE procedure would be ASAP.

Let us know.

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