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First, my deepest apologies for taking so long in getting around to this explanation for my absence from fc. I wanted to wait until I had all the facts before explaining, and the facts came slowly. Yesterday, I got the last of the information that I wanted to share.
After dealing with all the musical events of last season, I had problems getting my interest back in photography and fc. At first I blamed it on fc burnout...after all, I had been spending 4 to 6 hours daily, 7 days a week, on the fc website, and my fall respite gave me the time to think about other things that I had ignored.
Then in February I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. During the next few months I was meeting with doctors to work out a plan for dealing with it, and then jaundice hit me, and my energy level dropped down almost to a zero. Then more doctors, more tests.
Finally, it was determined to a 90% certainty that I also have pancreatic cancer, which trumps the prostate cancer.
So, I have taken a hormone shot to slow down the growth of the prostate cancer. I will continue the shots for two years and will eventually have radiation therepy. But the pancreas comes first, and I will enter the hospital in Honolulu on August 7 for a Whipple operation which removes the portion of the pancreas that has the tumor as well as parts of the stomach, small intestine and gall bladder, then rearranges the "plumbing" to a new configuration.
Please send me your positive vibrations (or maybe put your hand on your monitor and yell "HEAL"), and I should be back practically as good as new (at least for a 69 year-old man) in a few months.
H-E-A-A-A-A-A-A-L ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
CONSIDER SURVIVAL AS THE ONLY OPTION.
YOUR COURAGE, PATIENCE AND WISDOM AND YOUR ZEST FOR LIFE WILL WORK IT OUT FOR YOU!
THIS IS A HUGE CHALLENGE BUT YOU WILL STAND UP TO IT! DON'T GIVE UP. YOU WILL OVERCOME!!!
H-E-A-A-A-A-A-A-L ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
WISHING YOU THE BEST OF LUCK
Tom, you know how much I care about you, but I will say it anyway, I love ya man, and will include you in my prayers every day.........I am a cancer surviver, and you will be too.....if there is anything I can do, please let me know....best wishes, den
tom, my friend.
i call you my friend though i have never met you, but through our comments on each of our images i feel i have got to know you very well.
you are a man of great understanding, humour and passion which is conveyed in your comments on other members images and through your own posts, your attention to detail and explanations of your shots.
you will conquer your adversities, i am sure.
i raise my healing baton to you.
take care my friend.
As a "conductor" I am sure this will be your best performance, showing how you can overcome playing out of tune and making your best music in your orchestra. Now..put all your positive intention and start!
I will be holding you with much love and compassion as a good friend..And will send you distance healings every day as a healer.
Reading your story and the comments you got in return, I noticed your are a loved man by a lot of FC'rs ...
To bad I have to learn about you by the bad news you receipt lately, wished I had hear from you in better times..
Anyway it's never to late to learn as they say, it's never to late to give up , it's never to late.......
Keep your fight going stay positive and I hope to see you back as a healthy buddy on my list.....
Sending you strong positive vibrations and I shout out :
" HEAL " holding my hand on the monitor ......
Best wishes and Aloha ,
I shaking my hand with thumb and little finger up.....
( you will know the meaning of it )
I wanted to give you a flower, but I
didn't have any new ones that seem
good enough. I will do one for you,
to your health and many happy years
to come, and I trust you will heal and
be back to your beautiful music and
pics, enjoying life as before. We are
all of us waiting for you.
I had been missing your pretty shots of beautiful and strange flowers growing in that wonderful place, they always come with solid explanations. It is clear now why you were not at FC so often anymore.
OK, so we'll wait a "bit" and in the meantime try to return the favor you did us so many times and upload our best.
Strength, courage and determination I wish you, and our thoughts and smudged monitors are with you.
Be back soon.
All the best,
Tears pour as I read your explanation.....
More tears pour as I read through the love going your way....
You do have my thoughts, prayers, yells, tears, concern, hope and faith....
today, and throughout your healing process.
Big hugs, and lots of love,
Hi Tom. Mary and I met Inez today and she told me about your situation. I havn't been on FC much lately either.
Let me tell you a positive story!
My mother had a problem. She went to the Doc. Had the tests which confirmed Cervical Cancer. She had treatment, and she went into remission. Later she had a reccurance of the cancer, she had more treatment. She went into remission again and stayed healthy for a few years.
Then she noticed a lump in her breast. Right! Breast Cancer. Had the op, all was OK.
She had another recurrance of the cervical cancer, had the treatment and has been well ever since.
Tom, this started 35 years ago!! She is now healthy and 89 years Young.
She cant remember my name but who cares!!!
One thing that she did every day was pray to her God!
I sincerely hope you come through this and my prayers are with you.
I have never met you Tom, but from what i can see you are a kind and caring person who deserves a break. I send you all my positive thoughts and hopes for a speedy and safe recovery.Look forward to many years of seeing your pictures on this site. Keep the faith !
I am standing still, reading this ...I am with you and your family...I wish you all my energy ...there are no words for me to answer you ...I know all about this kind of cancer...May be all my energy with you ...all kind of love to you and your family
Best wishes from good old Germany ...may God bless you ...