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Old 12-21-2008, 07:38 AM
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Recently I was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, and life was pretty good. I have been fairly lucky through out this economic downturn, still love my wife, and the beer was cold. The day before heading back to Colorado I got an email from my mom. Dad had a tumor, malignant, in his brain, discovered just the day before, and they were taking it out the follwoing morning. I flew back to Vermont as soon as I hit the ground in Denver. In addition to the tumor damage, he sufferred a small stroke during the surgery, further complicating his communication skills. Although there is no cure for the Gleo Blastoma he has, he will start chemo and radiation this week, and he is already regaining his speech and communication skills - he can now form sentances that actually make sense.

I am not telling you this for sympathy. I am telling you so that, if you get to see your parents this holiday season, you take the time to sit down with them, look them in the eye, and tell them how much you love them. Tell them why you love them, share favorite memories - laugh and cry a little. I am so thankful that I was able to (and will continue to) do this with both mom and dad - and that he was able to understand.

I always thought that "next year" I would do so-and-so with mom and dad. Well, there may not be a next year for dad, so no more waiting. Our family has always been tight. Somehow, we all got tighter, and by letting eachother know how much we love and respect them, we are all better able to deal with what is ahead.

Sorry for the sappiness. Happy holidays to all.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:05 AM
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Sorry for your news.

I often think about the reality that mom and dad will not always be here. I will tell them today how much I love them. We are all dying, we just don't know when. Thanks for the reminder.


Merry Christmas and prayers sent.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:09 AM
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Yes, sorry for your news. Mine are both 80 and are cancer survivors. I'm visiting them for Christmas as I did for Thanksgiving. Might not be many visits left.
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:01 AM
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Thank you for the sappiness. I'm sorry for the news on your dad. Its really rough as we get older; we become more physically vulnerable but that vulnerability often opens us up to giving and receiving spiritual strength to / from each other. Its so easy to take the people we love for granted - and we're so quick to forget even after we've gotten a wake up call. Messages like yours, although sad, remind us to appreciate those we love and to make sure we SHOW them and TELL them how we feel about them.
Thank you again.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:31 PM
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Sorry about your news, I truly know where your coming from as my father has been on life support since monday, thankfully the doctor says that they have decreased it to 45% and he is sustaining him self on his own, its just kinda scary, First time ever he wont be home for chirstmas. Hopefully he will be off and out of ICU and in to a regular room by friday, but you never know, I hope so. God bless, and happy holidays.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:53 PM
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I know all too well as my father just passed away on friday.

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Old 12-23-2008, 03:46 PM
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Rollin Thunder, hope your dad is doing better. Seanile, my condolences.
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:00 PM
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skibum - 12/23/2008 6:46 PM

Rollin Thunder, hope your dad is doing better. Seanile, my condolences.
thanks. OP, in my prayer list...


My dad just had another operation to un collaps his lung, but fluid is still draining in to it. All I can do is wait for stupid tests that always take 2 days. WTF cant they be shorter with all the modern medicine.
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:10 PM
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SeaNile - 12/21/2008 7:53 PM

I know all too well as my father just passed away on friday.

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i feel your pain mine passed in july.
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:50 AM
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SeaNile, Sinjun, our condolences for your loss.

Rollin Thunder, Skibum, we're praying for the best possible outcome for your dads.

It's tough when illness and death come into our lives.....all the tougher at Christmas.
God bless you all.
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