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    My Dad.

    He's been with my Mom since 1977, that's 37 years. not a day they have been apart. I was 10, he is Her third husband. My Father died when I was 2. my Stepdad died of Cancer when I was 9.
    Dad is 65, though he claims he's 40.

    When they met.




    My wife ( bless her heart and selflessness) and I have been here at their home (Waldport, OR.) and /or driving between since last Thursday night when he was admitted to Hospital in Corvallis, OR.

    A time when we went Catfishing.



    same day.



    Another time we went Salmon fishing. That one was 45 lbs. ( I might have shown off this pic here before. ) there's a pretty good story on getting that fish in the boat.



    My parents, about 10 yrs ago.



    This pic is a couple years ago Christmas




    From thanksgiving to Christmas there has been a lump growing on his temple... very quickly. I took him for an ultrasound friday after christmas. it was half the size of when we got here last thursday at the hospital.





    After the surgery we went to KFC in Corvallis.... Dont eat here unless you're driving an Armored Truck.




    They cut him open and removed the Cancer tumor that had metastisized from the Liver cancer that was also just found when trying to figure out what the lump was in the first place.

    He's a Die hard Raiders Fan... win lose or draw. " Hey!, Go Raiders " is his catch phrase.
    The Brain Surgeon said that he was going to put a piece of plastic, instead of bone to cover the hole in the skull, and it was made of the same type as Football helmets.. Dad grinned. I told him we were going to put the Raiders logo on it before screwing it down tight.



    3 hours he was in surgery from Start to finish. When the Surgeon came to tell us how it gone. He said Dad was awake and flirting with the Nurses. He was discharged the next day. truly amazing. the second day was was the worst. He got up and said he felt like a car hit him.



    2 days later ( thursday ) he's sitting next to me while we're watching old Westerns. He loves Westerns and the Knife Show. We've watched the same movie 3 times in the same day.
    We look at each other every now and then and laugh at how the guys die so quick and or the foam boulders and crappy acting.

    He's got 31 staples on an 11" cut. (I wont post that pic.

    I have to head home on Sunday to work next week. My Amazing wife is going to stay the week and help with rides to the Doc, My Mom is disabled and he has been the Caregiver. My wife is a Godsend for them. I don't know how to thank her properly.. She's at the dining table with a mountain of paperwork getting affairs together.
    I'll be making a bonsai run next weekend to get her back home the following week. We're scheduled to be in NC. first week of Feb. to visit or 6 month old Grandaughter... I haven't met her yet, Facetime doesnt count.

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    *edit.. I misread that, sorry to hear Fishbucket. Best wishes to your father and your family.
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    We had moved from Hayward to Grass Valley 1980- 81 . I gave them fits when I was in my teens. I was a real punk. He tried his best to keep me strait and going in the right direction. But being I knew 'everything' at 15. It eventually landed me up at Shamrock boys Ranch in Susanville.
    Getting over my azzholeyyisum in Susanville learning how to do autobody/ paint work and getting into construction. I would go and Visit them when I could and work on the house doing maintenance, Building sheds, a big front porch and what not. most of the times there involved heading to the gun range. talking reloading or an occasional fishing trip.

    10 years ago they moved to OR. Man, Dad had some crap in those sheds. to go thru and load into a U-haul and horse trailer and my truckbed. Did I mention Dad drives like an old lady??
    " Miraculous, Mom would have a fit if she were in the car right now"
    " Boy.. that Miraculous don't mess around"
    Were thing I've heard him say before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    Best wishes to your father and your family.
    Thanks, Truly appreciate it.
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    Hey Miraculous... Go Raiders ! .
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    Here's to a swift recovery!

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    Good to hear the surgery went well FB. I wish him well on the rest. Does he have a good prognosis on the liver cancer?
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    no.. not good.
    Hey Miraculous... Go Raiders ! .
    -Dad

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    That's a nice tribute to a good man Fishbucket.

    Around here we say Kia Kaha (Stay strong).
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    There is amazing power in your words and pics, FB.

    There are good days and there are bad days... thank you for sharing
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    Thanks for sharing your pics and letting us know about your dad. Thoughts and prayers to your family

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    Glad we can provide some therapy and an outlet for you FB. Great tribute.

    Continued prayers to you and yours in this difficult time.

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    Best wishes for your Dad.

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    Very nice post. Very nice fish. Best wishes for your pops.
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    oh, FB. I'm so sorry about your parents' health. Your dad sounds like the kind of man that always took care of what he is responsible for and I'm glad you turned yourself around to learn to appreciate that about him and enjoy all that time with him. You could have felt sorry for yourself and never straightened yourself out but you bucked up and met a woman that you obviously respect and love and that is no small feat!

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    We all have to go, but it's a shame that the good ones often seem to leave too soon.

    I hope his remaining time is filled with love and joy.
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    So sorry FB. That was a great post. Thank you for sharing and those were some good size cats you guys caught.
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    FB, thanks for sharing.

    it can be very difficult with aging parents.

    stay strong, take care of your health so you can take care of whatever comes.

    god bless you and your family!

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    Wonderful tribute. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and everyone involved. Your wife is a fantastic!

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    Best wishes to your Dad. He looks like a pretty awesome person to be around!

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    Wishing for the best, man.
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    Hoping for the best for your dad and your family.
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    Thanks for sharing Fishbucket. You're in a tough time right now and you allude to tougher times ahead.

    You sound close to one another. If you haven't already done so, tell him how you feel about him and that you love him. Keep him company and continue to crack funnies with him. Enjoy your time with him.
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    by the way, he has the baddest ass mustache ever.

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    Very nice FB. Your dad seems a like a great guy and there's a lot of love in your words. And your wife is a real godsend. Here's to your father's and mother's health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    no.. not good.
    I have a friend who was sentenced 6 months left by a doctor. That was back in 2003 and he's still with us.

    Wishing for the best!

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    Fishbucket my prayers are with you and your family. Cherish the times you've had and spend as much time as possible from here on out. It sounds like you have a very loving and close family and Im sure your dad is benefitting from all the love around him. I wish him well and this thread alone is a tremendous tribute to him from obviously his treasured boy.
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    Very cool tribute. Thanks for letting us ne'er do wells in on what is happening for your dad and your family. Best hopes and prayer for all of you.
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    Thanks everyone...
    Today was get all the Paperwork/Affairs in order day. 5 hours of burning rubber all over Newport. with shopping at Walmart.

    My Wonderful wife is making dinner for us right now.
    I'm sitting next to Dad watching the Knife show, Laughing at how stupid the fantasy kniives are..

    We both have Colt 1911s He's been suffering with a jamming problem, He's asked me to do a little gunsmithing on his, like I done on mine to get it to shoot Cast bullets. It's a feed ramp issue, needs some polishing. And He's got another barrel that not fitting right.
    It's always fun working on guns in the freezer he calls a garage.
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    Finally got his 1911 working and cycling hollow points by hand. The new barrel had a bulge in it and was not locating the barrel down far enough so the feed ramp and barrel breech mouth matched up well enough to not jam.


    It was damn cold out there too..



    He's in his recliner right now running a chainsaw sawing logs... I think he's got 1/2 a cord laid up already.
    the Knife Show is on... again...
    But if we try and peel the remote out of his hand to change the channel he'll wake up..

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    Good thoughts to you FB.

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    Hey FB, sorry to hear about your dad, but sounds like surgery went well and that he's recovering. From the scans you posted, it looks like it was a meningioma and that removal probably didn't involve the cortex. My dad also went through metastatic brain cancer and I've got a lot of experience in the field. Let me know if you've got questions.

    You mention "going on a bonsai run" . . . . do you actually grow bonsai?
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    Very cool that your bonding around working on guns and he's staying active cutting wood. Cherish these times together buddy. After spending 25 years in San Diego with my moms constant plea to move back to Colorado. Out of the blue I made the decision to move back a year and a half ago. After just being here for 6 weeks my mom suddenly passed away from lung cancer. She had symptoms for 2 years. Itching skin amongst other ones. The doctors mis diagnosed and wrote it off as age symptoms. She was 82, and one morning she woke up throwing up blood. My dad rushed her to emergency. Upon testing they diagnosed her with lung cancer. After 5 day's in the hospital and just one day after the diagnosis she passed away. Only enough time to get all my family to her bedside to say our goodbyes.

    So I feel blessed to have moved back and had 6 weeks of time with her. Although I had no idea her time was coming up. Had I known more time in those 6 weeks would have been spent together.
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    The bonsai run is me driving 10 hours from home to here ( which I'm doing tomorrow to get home for work next week.) next Sat. then turning around and driving back on Sunday with my wife.

    I'm not sure what the liver cancer is called. But we're told he's a Stage 4 with that tumor in his skull The tumor grew in the last 8 weeks to that size. The Doc told us today that he will be taking some form of pill that usually slows the cancer growth and sometimes shrinking them. with No sickness as chemo would be. his liver is almost twice the size of normal and he not a transplant canidate. it's terminal for him. there's one tumor on his liver that can be felt thru his stomach. If that gets bigger, all quote are off. With The original quote of 3- 6 months without treatment,and 6 month to a year with treatment. Doc said he has a patient going on 3 years from a 6 month sentence. So we're very hopeful....

    Thanks for all your Well wishes and Prayers, We'll take them.
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    Yo fish, really uplifting touching thread mate, im so happy hes ok, some really great pictures there too, i lost my dad as a little boy, so this thread meant lots to me mate, and your dad looks like a legend, im so happy hes on the road to recovery, blessings to you all bro, cheers
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    hang in there. he looks adorable!
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    and yes, i lost my dad to lung cancer when he was in his 40s. they do throw around the numbers "6 months to live" as they did with him. He made it almost 3 years with stage 4 cancer.
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    Update.

    He's been on some meds for a month now. They said his counts were @ 79,000 - normal from 0 to 9,000 - He'd down to 16,000 as of yesterday.
    Doc says he amazed at the quick change.
    Heading up there next weekend, perhaps get out for some fishing.

    Thank's again everybody.
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    awesome update, fish!

    god bless your pops, you and the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Update.

    He's been on some meds for a month now. They said his counts were @ 79,000 - normal from 0 to 9,000 - He'd down to 16,000 as of yesterday.
    Doc says he amazed at the quick change.
    Heading up there next weekend, perhaps get out for some fishing.

    Thank's again everybody.
    Wishing only the best for your pops FB and hope there are many more good times you spend together. Glad to hear of all of the good news in your update.
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    Thanks for the update, it sounds like great news!

    Typing this as my g/f is getting her first dose of chemo "red devil" (stage 2 breast cancer) and am concerned, as I too lost my father to cancer. His was real bad, less than 4 months from diagnosis.
    Sending good vibes your way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Sending good vibes your way...
    To you and Yours as well...
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    i was scared when i saw this update, glad to see it's good news!
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    These are some of the worst threads to read but it's good to have that extended "family" that you can count on for some support. I lost a aunt to cancer years ago. It was a very rare type of leukemia that took her in less than two weeks from time of diagnosis. She didn't know she was sick until one day she passed out teaching EMT class. Went to the hospital and never came home. Glad to see that the numbers are improving for your dad. He looks like a tough guy...best wishes for quick recovery and many more years on earth with you.

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    Glad to hear things are going in the right direction, FB. Like Nicole I was a little worried when I saw this thread come back to life but I'm relieved to hear the good news.
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    Thanks for the uplifting update on your father's treatments FB. Your dad is a strong fighter and it's reassuring that he is responding well and receiving good care. You are a wonderful support, FB
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    Great update Fishbucket!! Hoping your father continues to get better the best he can. Enjoy your visit with him!
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    Banzai Run, Bonsai tree. Two different things lol.

    Glad pops is doing well.

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    Nice to hear your father is doing well. By any chance is he on Nexavar?
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