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« Reply #50 on: November 26, 2013, 03:33:01 PM »

Carrying a struggling company can drain the soul from you!

Take this as an opportunity to care for yourself and family.  You never know what may turn up later.

best, bill
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« Reply #51 on: November 26, 2013, 05:42:29 PM »


FRANK
25 years and good bye???
I hope it's not a health care issue that they terminated you. Seems very suspicious.
Thanks for the updates. The plan sounds complicated, but you will get though it.
Fred
Very suspicious Huh Check legal options.Some companys you can retire on (medical disabilty ) Huh
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« Reply #52 on: December 03, 2013, 01:10:09 PM »

Frank, Been following this post with heart felt concern. Really happy that you put the job situation in its proper perspective. Now you are armed positive energy to overcome the health issues. Funny how these things work themselves out. BEST 73'S OM - JIM
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« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2013, 03:02:50 AM »

Talked with Frank this evening on the telefonium. He was in the horsepistol @ 6 hours after his tube procedure.  He was in real good spirits and says howdy to all.
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« Reply #54 on: December 05, 2013, 07:28:15 AM »

Talked with Frank this evening on the telefonium. He was in the horsepistol @ 6 hours after his tube procedure.  He was in real good spirits and says howdy to all.

Thanks for the report Budley.   Frank is a very upbeat person, so not surprised of him being in good spirits.   

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« Reply #55 on: December 05, 2013, 08:41:00 AM »

Frank, I am also in the Automotive trade and had to retire early. If you made it to 59 you beat me by a mile.
Wish you all the best.  I now feel I have no time to work. Too much else to do. Hope you feel the same.
Don  Class A mech, ASE Master Mech and ASE Automotive Master Machinist
After I retired from "The Floor" I was contracted to teach trade school on a part time basis by a nearby College. Very fulfilling and good $$$$$$$. I know right now it is the least of your concerns but something down the road you might at least throw your name in the hat. What could it HEURT?
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« Reply #56 on: December 07, 2013, 06:01:11 PM »

Hi, Guys! Much thanks for all of your support! ! ! ! ! !
 
Here's the latest: I went in this past Monday for an MRI, boy, that is a noisy bastard! ! !  It sounded like the "ground loop" from hell! ! ! Then, Wednesday came the procedure! ! !

I went in at 10:30 AM, but they didng do the actual procedure until around 1:30. First of all was the shaving of all of the "dangly parts." (Now sporting a bikini cut) Then came the IV and the dope! ! ! !  I do not know what that stuff was, but it was definitely some paraful shit! ! ! I was so doped up that I didn't know or care what they were doing to me! Every time I was about to nod off they would make me take deep breaths to keep me awake.

I was still pretty doped up in the recovery room when Buddly called, I really don't remember much of our conversation. (sorry Buddly) They then took me up to my room and I slept it off.

Thursday morning, I really didn't feel any different than when I went in. The War Dept picked me up around noon and we went home. About an hour after we got home, it started hitting me and got progressively worse as the day went on.

I still have had no pain or nausea! ! Just fatigue beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Kinda like the "washed out" feeling you get with a really good dose of the flu, but way worse. Also, absolutely no appetite! All I have done since thursday night is sleep or scrawl out on the couch.

They told me that I will prolly feel this way for 1-2 weeks, before returning to some sense of normalcy.

When I analyse how I feel, I just can't imagine what Derb must have went through! ! ! 

Looks like I am going to be facing 1 or 2 more of these after this spaced at 3 week intervals (I have 2 tumors)

There is the whole store so far, I'm going back to the couch.........

Frank
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« Reply #57 on: December 07, 2013, 06:10:41 PM »

Here's the latest: I went in this past Monday for an MRI, boy, that is a noisy bastard! ! !  It sounded like the "ground loop" from hell! ! ! Then, Wednesday came the procedure! ! !

Yeah, nothing like being the secondary in giant mod transformer!
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« Reply #58 on: December 10, 2013, 06:47:06 PM »

So Frank you don't remember promising me half your earthly possessions?
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« Reply #59 on: December 10, 2013, 07:43:45 PM »

F,

Did you check on getting some 'pulls' from the MRI machene?

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« Reply #60 on: December 17, 2013, 01:46:20 PM »

Frank

Don't forget to pick up the CORBA coverage.  I think that lasts 18 months.  Yes, it's expensive but, in my opinion, worth the sacrifice.  You should not be bothered with preexisting conditions.  A good positive attitude and best medical care + family support goes a long way.  Then you have your buddies here pulling (and praying) for you. 

I would have called but don't have your phone #.  Any time you want to correspond you can PM me here or email me according to QRZ.COM

That teaching position in a local college sounds like a great second career to check out once you are "back on your feet."

GL es 73, Al
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« Reply #61 on: January 15, 2014, 01:05:06 PM »

Yeah, nothing like being the secondary in giant mod transformer!

Or the plunger in the worlds largest solenoid coil! !  (That's kinda what the machine looks like.....)
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« Reply #62 on: January 15, 2014, 01:28:19 PM »

First of all, many many thanks to all of youse guys for all of the support and encouragement! ! !

Had bloodwork done last thursday. Then went in on tuesday to get injected, inspected, detected, neglected, and rejected......... I got an MRI in the morning then had a conference with the Interventional Radiologist after lunch. He layed some very good news on me!

The bloodwork had shown that my AFP protien level (a cancer marker) had dropped from over 1800 before the treatment to 259 after the treatment!
Then he showed me the MRI pictures and showed me where the largest tumor was. Yea, was! It was wiped out and gone all for a little necrosis and scar tissue!

The TACE chemo procedures target one tumor at a time. That shit kicks ass and takes names! ! ! !  Now in 2 weeks they will "target" the other tumor. I am still somewhat feeling the after effects as I am still a bit washed out and fatigued. (But happy) So far our prayers have been answered, and there have been a whole lot of them said!

But......... tuesday's MRI showed up a 3rd tumor about the size of a pinhead. He said that they have to wait until it gets bigger in order to "target" (treat) it. And as slow as they are growing it will be months (or longer) before they need to do anything with it.

Once the second tumor has been treated and I shake off the residual effects of the chemo, it should be somewhat "life as normal" (if there is any such thing for me) until the transplant, or they have to get the 3rd tumor.

According to my Interventional Radiologist (and my liver specialist) My fatty liver cirrhosis is a "fertile field" for these types of cancer to grow in. So, I am still waiting for a transplant. But the good news is that they can repeat the TACE procedures as often as necessary to keep it in check! Kinda like "routine maintenance". Johns Hopkins is the bomb! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Frank
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« Reply #63 on: January 15, 2014, 01:43:23 PM »

I'm glad that you are getting some encouraging results from your treatments ... let the good times roll ...73 ... John
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« Reply #64 on: January 15, 2014, 02:21:02 PM »

But watt about the  'pulls' Huh? ??


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Also, FB with the good news. Don't let this cancer thing beat you down.
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« Reply #65 on: January 15, 2014, 04:04:28 PM »

Frank,

That last report certainly is very promising! The TACE regimen sounds like it's treating you like a good friend who is kicking some ass on your behalf. Hope you recover quickly after each round and hope to hear your strapping signal up north before too long.

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« Reply #66 on: January 15, 2014, 04:39:38 PM »

Frank,
Good luck and God bless - and Good News, Too!  Hope you were able to stay insured via COBRA.  Sounds like you're on the road to recovery (or at least headed in the right direction.)
73, Jim
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« Reply #67 on: January 16, 2014, 03:23:47 AM »

Hi Frank!
It's nice to read the good news!

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« Reply #68 on: January 16, 2014, 04:21:31 AM »

Frank,

Good to hear that thinks are moving in a positive direction.  Hang in there and hope to hear you on 75M when you're up to it.

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« Reply #69 on: January 16, 2014, 04:11:50 PM »

Very good news!
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« Reply #70 on: January 16, 2014, 11:38:57 PM »

Got a telefonium call yesterday evening from Johns Hopkins Interventional Radiology that they had an opening this coming thursday @2:00PM from another patient that canceled out. I said what the hell and took it. Looks like "I'm back in the ring to take another swing!" They're gonna beat the hell out of me again.....

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! !"   Roll Eyes   Grin

Thank you all again for all of the support, it really goes a long way to pull one through times like this! ! !

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« Reply #71 on: January 16, 2014, 11:57:46 PM »

We are all pulling for you Frank.   Hang in there and take every opportunity to get your health back.  You are strong and will succeed in anything you attempt.  Keep a positive attitude and you will reign supreme.  We are all praying for your success and health.
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« Reply #72 on: January 17, 2014, 12:31:17 AM »

For thousands of years, courage is possibly the most valued virtue in a man.  You've got it.   Keep it up and good luck with the procedures, OM.

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« Reply #73 on: January 17, 2014, 06:41:30 AM »

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« Reply #74 on: January 20, 2014, 04:12:47 PM »

 
For thousands of years, courage is possibly the most valued virtue in a man.  You've got it.   Keep it up and good luck with the procedures, OM.
T

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       I don't know that I have any more courage than anyone else caught in my situation. I have been tossed into the "fight of your life" situation, and never being one to back down from a fight, I put the gloves on. I don't see myself having any other choice but to stand up and fight! I would think anyone else caught in my situation and not quite ready for the "dirt nap" yet would do the same thing! I still have a lot of things I want to do before I lay my head down for the last time, and I'm willing to fight to do them.

Since getting the "diagnosis" back in November it has been an emotional roller-coaster for me. Most days it lingers in the back burner of my mind, some days I don't even think about it, and others, it is ALL that I think about. Any one else out there that has been in these shoes knows exactly what I'm talking about. If you don't stand up and fight, it's over, and I'm just not ready for that yet. I've still got a lot of living to do before I lay my head down for the last time.

The day that I got "the diagnosis" I looked my liver specialist's assistant right in the eyes and asked her: "Is this a death sentence, or is this something I will eventually get through." It pretty well freaked her out because I didn't flinch or show any emotion when I asked her. Meanwhile, my wife was falling apart.......
I was scared shitless, but I had to keep my wits about me in order to figger out what was going to be the next move.

I have lost too many of my friends (and a handful of relatives) to cancer in one form or another long before I got my own "diagnosis". Several of which I took pretty hard! Dave (K3ZRF) had been a long time friend, and I/we miss him severely! Mack (N4VGB), when he first came on here I bitch-slapped him around pretty hard, but we got to become pretty close through it all. I still miss all of the emails and crack comments and perverted emails we sent back and forth. We shared a very similar sense of humor and helped each other get through some pretty bad times. He always referred to us as "a pair of old war-horses." And was really a riot once you got to know him!

And then............ There was The Derb! (N3DRB for those that didn't know his call) The loss/passing of Derb really tore me to pieces! ! ! ! !  I was in the hospital myself recovering from one of my blood-barfing bleedouts. (The second time that I bled out and died) Timmy called me to talk. He opened with "I just cant fight this shit anymore" He was just so beaten down from all of the surgerys, radiation, and chemo that he didn't have the strength to go on anymore. He said next: "I just want to thank you for always being my friend, no matter what ever happened, or I did or said. I will never ever find another friend like you!".  He also said "There have times when I have been a bitter pill, but you never gave up on me as a friend and I want to thank you for always being there!" He told me that all of the cancer treatments had beaten him down to the point where he just didn't have any will to fight left and he was waiting and wanted to die and just get it over with. I fell apart right there in my own hospital bed. I couldn't stop crying, it just tore me up, totally. It is a conversation that I will never forget, as long as I am on the "right side of the grass!"

Having already bled to death twice from my cirrhosis. I was actually hauled out of my house with no pulse or readable BP. I have come to not fear death as much as many others do. I had always been an adrenaline junkie in my younger years, I have survived 2 bad car wrecks, 3 bad motorcycle crashes, I've been shot at, beaten and left for dead, blown off of a 20' ladder by 480 and many other occupational and hobby related mishaps. (Not to mention the 100s of times I went into the haybails racing flat track as a kid!)

Now, with all of this said, I really question if it is actually "courage" or simply a lack of fear. I am starting to view this all as just another fight in the list of many. It's kinda like when you were a youngster and you did something stupid. You knew you had a good beating coming. The waiting was the worst part! Let's just do it and get it over with and put it behind us! The light at the end of the tunnel is NOT the headlight of an oncoming locomotive! !

There is a very fine line between Courage and Stupidity! Sometimes we often end up wondering which side of the line we are on! I know I have quite often asked myself which side I was on!

So is it courage? I really dunno....... To me, it's just another hurtle that I have to get over. The sooner I can get this behind me, the sooner I can try to resume some semblance of "life as normal".

But...... I really want to thank EVERYONE for your support through this! ! ! ! !
It really does make a BIG difference! Thank you all so much! ! ! !

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! ! "

Frank

 
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