Quite the Emotional Roller Coaster!!!


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Nov 24, 2001
Northern IL USA
It's been quite the past few weeks here, and I'm sorry to say that the "bad" has seemed to outweigh the "good."

My wife & I were still reeling in the enjoyment of the road trip we took last summer.

I had a blast this winter & spring, restoring the pulling tractor/Allison project.

Youngest son graduated with a master's degree, and gets a job in Virginia.

As we are traveling to the debut of the tractor, on July 13th, he tells me that instead of moving to Virginia, as boyfriend/girlfriend, that have decided to get married.......NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!!

That was a beautiful, very intimate ceremony, and we were all very impressed with the mature decision that they had both made.

We went out to eat afterwards, and got home about 10:30 that night.
I headed for bed around 11:00, and awoke at 4:30 to learn that the service tech for the machines I sell, had not gotten home.

We tracked down the customer that he was working for, and found him trapped under the piece of equipment. Still conscious, but very weak.
He spent 4 days in ICU with 3 broken vertebrae, a broken rib, and a left arm, that I heard was amputated today. A very sharp, young technician, that was never afraid to go the extra mile!!!

It sounds like I haven't been very concerned with his situation, but that's the furthest thing from the truth. He is like a son to me, and I tell everyone that within the last 3 years, I've spent 3 "all-nighters" with him! That should have been my wife or a girlfriend!!!

The reason I have been out of that loop, is that on Saturday, my wife had a back pain, that got so intense, that we finally went to the ER. They performed a CT scan, hoping to find kidney stones, but a mass showed up on the pancreas.
A higher resolution scan on Monday confirmed a 4 cm tumor on the pancreas, and lesions in the liver & lungs. Too many to even count. A biopsy of the liver was done today, and we meet with an oncologist on Friday, to discuss the prognosis. Her general physician told her that it's inoperable at this time, and chemo is the only option right now.

We are now looking into second opinion options, and will do all we can to fight this ugly disease.

All I can ask is to keep us in your prayers!!! I don't wish this kind of thing on anyone.