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  1. dolphindebby

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    My dearest friend in Ohio just emailed me that her husband isn't doing well at all.
    Several years ago he had a lung transplant (abestes poisioning).
    All has been going pretty well until now. They found a spot on his old lung, an enlarged liver, and something going on in his pancreas. They are very concerned. IF the spot on the lung is cancer they'll do radiation, if, it's spread to his liver, he'll have chemo. She said he doesn't want to eat and sleeps a lot and that's not like him at all.
    This is one of the strongest and up-beat man I've I've ever met.
    He doesn't get angry. Says worrying gets you no where. And was just wonderful through the ordeal of the lung transplant etc. He consoled us mostly. He NEVER gave up or gave in to all of it.
    I lost 2 of my best friends 2 years ago and now this, I am really afraid for both of them.
    Kathy, his wife, and I have been friends for over 40 years and Jim is just special.
    So, please, put them on your prayer lists at church.
    Thanks guys, I know I can count on you.
    Love,
    Debby
     
  2. alen1

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    I have a family member going through chemo. I wish Mr. Jim the best. Please keep us updated Mrs. Debby.
     
  3. dolphindebby

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    Thanks sweety, I sure will.
     
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  4. dolphindebby

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    Please remember my friends. Kathy and Jim.
    They had to go ahead and transport him to Cleveland. Their doing a liver biopsy as soon as he's a little stronger. They don't think it's cancer, but he's still in bad shape. They are going to drain fluid off his stomach today.
    Thanks for all your prayers. I am really afraid about this. He's very weak and his wife, my oldest friend, is alone in Cleveland with him, so remember her also.
    Love you guys.
     
  5. Regan21286

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    You have my prayers as always.
     
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  6. Ohiophinphan

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    Let me add my prayers to the mix.

    btw I am 85 miles west of Cleveland, are they in my neighborhood? I hope they have support. The Lutheran chaplain corps in Cleveland is run by a friend of mine if you need a referral.
     
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  7. dolphindebby

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    He's in the Cleveland Clinic. His Name is Jim Tyson, his wife is Kathy. She would love some one to come pray with them. I don't know the room no. or anything.
    I would love to be with her, but finances have kept me home. If someone could go see her tell them Debby Roberson asked them and to tell her who you are and how we met.
    Their home is on the outskirts of Cincy.
    Thanks
     
  8. Ohiophinphan

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    I will see what I can do.
     
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  9. dolphindebby

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    Thank you. Your thoughts and prayers are very appreciated.
    These are very special people to me. Kathy and I have been the best of friends since 1962. And Jim is one of the best men I know. He stays optimistic and never has complained through the lung transplant and many, many other health problems and complications. He's a true wonder to me.
    She's very scared. She said he's really weak etc. It's really got me down. I love them both so much.
    You're wonderful to think of me and my friends.
    Luv,
    Debby :bless:
     
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    I'm very worried today. I usually hear from Kathy or her sister each morning, but not today.
    They are saying it's some kind of cancer, but are not sure what kind. His old lung was ok, so far, but now their concentrating on the liver.
    So please remember them.
    Thank you guys.
    Love you all.
     
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    hope it goes well :praying:
     
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  12. shelby

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    Prayers sent out.
     
  13. alen1

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    Thanks for keeping us updated. I hope he gets better. :sad:
     
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    She and her family will be in my prayers. Please keep us up to date on his condition.
     
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    It seems to be getting worse for Jim.
    Their checking his lung again. Their doing an endoscopy today at 2:00.
    They haven't done the liver biopsy yet. It was supposed to be yesterday or today, THEN, they said they had to wait 5 more days because he's on aspirin therapy and it has to get out of his system. This after he's been laying there getting weaker and weaker every day for a week or more.
    I'm so scared, I can't concentrate on anything. I'm trying to keep busy, but it's hard.
    I constantly watch my emails for word from Kathy.
    Thanks everyone. I'm so thankful I can come in here and vent, so to speak.
    Please keep up the prayers.
    I love all of you. My dear friends.
     
  16. opfinistic

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    Prayers sent Deb.
     
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  17. like2god

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    Thoughts and prayers, Deb. :)
     
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  18. The Rev

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    Will do, my friend. Hang in there.
     
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  19. dolphindebby

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    I'm trying Raul, but this is hard.
    I can't imagine how Kathy is holding on.
    Thanks my friend.

    They also didn't do the endoscopy, said his potassium was to low.
    Kath thinks they should have known that also. I'm in agreement with her. Don't they read charts etc.?
     
  20. azfinfanmang

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    Dangit.

    I can't believe I have been absent from this.

    Of course prayers have already started Miss Debby.


    Keep in mind, the man you speak of will is probably saving up much energy for when he needs it most, at least that is what I get from the description you gave.

    You are a great friend to go to this length for both of them, and I am sure Kathy appreciates your friendship now as much as she has ever appreciated anything. I know its tough, but she is really gonna need much support from you, even if just over the phone.

    I will say this, if I am ever in the same predicament he is, I pray that my wife has an angel of a friend as Kathy has in you.

    You will be in my prayers also.


    God Bless,
    Kenny
     
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  21. dolphindebby

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    Thank you Kenny. You are always so sweet to me.
    She knows she has all my support, so does Jim. They are very special people.
    We haven't talked on the phone yet. We're emailing. She's doing very limited calls, but she's got a lap top.
    She will call tho' if she needs to, day or night.
    Thanks again, you're a super guy.
    Luv,
    Debby
     
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    Debby, you know I am there and will say a prayer. I will also give in a prayer request for Matins Service on Saturday, and during Divine Liturgy on Sunday.
     
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  23. dolphindebby

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    Thanks Kev. I appreciate all of you on here.
     
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  24. Sethdaddy8

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    i'll have a thought for your friends.

    did he work with asbestos? or exposed to it as a child?
     
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  25. dolphindebby

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    They never figured out for sure what happened. He was in Nam and around the agent orange etc., so they never could pin point it.

    He's getting weaker and weaker now. I've heard from Kath last night and her sister this morning.
    No one can figure out why his tests keep getting postponed etc. Their saying he'll have an indoscopny today.
     
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  26. Sethdaddy8

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    sorry to hear that. i'll hope for the best.
     
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  27. alen1

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    Sorry to hear mrs. Debby. Hope it gets better. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    Earlier in this thread I mentioned that I have a family member who went through chemo and has cancer. Well today she went to the hospital to get some tests and scans done and it wasn't the best of news to say the least. Her cancer has spread throughout her body, it originally started in her left leg I believe. She has taken numerous medications over the last year but at this point, they can't help her anymore and she has to stay in the hospital. They have given her six months max to live. :sad:
     
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    I am so sorry alen. I wish there were something I could say or do to make it better for you and your family.
    All I know is that we have to keep hanging on the best we can. And sometimes that feels impossible. Just let go if you feel like it and let some of the frustration out. I've done it over Jim & Kath, it helps for a while anyway. I've gone through anger, depression, self-pity (Yea, I was down because my friend is sick and I couldn't take it) that made me feel horrible, now I'm numb and check 50 times a day for emails from her.
    What I'm trying to say is you'll run the gamit and it's all ok. All of us handle things different. I've learned over the years that holding things in is really painful and only makes things worse for me.
    You take care and know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily.
    Debby
     
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  29. alen1

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    Thank you.
     
  30. Sethdaddy8

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    sorry to hear that dude.
     
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  31. Regan21286

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    I'm so sorry to hear that. But never give up hope. People can always live past a prognosis because the human body can be a lot more resilient than one can think. My dad was given 1 month max. He lasted 12 times that. There's always hope. In any case, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
     
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    you're in my prayers
     
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  33. dolphindebby

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    Here's Kath's latest email. It's easier than me trying to tell you all of it.

    Jim did have his bronchoscopy yesterday and now we wait for the results. He is scheduled for an endoscopy today and they will tap his abdomen again later today to drain more fluid. The liver biopsy is scheduled for Monday. The pulmonologist (sp?) gave me disturbing news yesterday but the nurse told me to wait until the liver biopsy is done and see what the LIVER team says. I think the main focus now is on the liver. They also are discussing putting him on dalasis to try and get his potassium level down. The high potassium can affect his heart if it doesn't come down. Keep praying for a miracle.

    Kathy

    Thanks for all your prayers guys. I love all of you.
    Debby
     
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  34. dolphindebby

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    I haven't given up at all. I'm just so scared, so is my friend.
    I posted her last email to me in here so you guys can see it.
    Thanks. Giving up is not in my vocabulary. I just pray and pray and try to support them the best I can.
     
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  35. dolphindebby

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    I forgot to tell you guys. Kath & Jim are the ones that sent the grandgirls their Dolphin cheerleading unis. The girls are crazy about them. Kath is always sending me Dolphins stuff when she finds it. My Christmas tree is full of ornaments she's sent of Dolphins. She's just sent so much, I can't list it.
    NOW how's that for a friend!!!
    I'm so blessed to have her and Jim, not for what they give materially, but for just giving me the priviledge of being my friends.

    I'm also blessed to have all of you. You can't know how much all of your thoughts and prayers mean to me.
    Love you all.
     
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    Thanks Regan. Really appreciate it man. My mom talked to my cousins mother (the one whose in the hospital now) and she said that she's feeling a little bit better.

    Thank you for the updates Mrs. Debby. Lets hope that the results turn out good.
     
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    Here's Kath's latest email guys.

    Today we got the news we didn't want to get. Jim has a tumor in his native lung and it is believed to have spread to his liver. The news is very grim. This diagnosis is fatal. One doctor has told me Jim may only have 1 or 2 months. A different doctor said he is unable to give us a time span right now. They have talked with me and Jim and the doctor wants to talk to the both of us regarding what we will want toward the end. I am sure Jim will not want to be hooked up to a ventalator or be recessated (sp?)should it come down to that. I thank you all for your prayers and I hope you all continue to pray for Jim's comfort right now. I love you all.

    Kathy

    My tears know no bounds for them right now.
    Thanks guys, I'll keep you posted.
    Debby
     
  38. The Rev

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    There are no words, my friend. May God give Jim strength and Kathy peace.
    Please lean on us if you need us.
    You know we love you.
    GB
     
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    Thank you. You're a great bunch to lean on.
    This place has given me so much strength, as well as, keeping my mind occupied a lot of the time.
    My only hope is that in some way I help all of you like you do me.
    God Bless You Raul.
     
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  40. Ohiophinphan

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    As a pastor, I have watched others be given this news and as a husband had it given to my first wife. The pain is unbelievable. You have my ongoing prayers as do your friends.

    While this is not a time for advice but simply support, I would be remiss if I didn't urge Jim and Kath to make sure a referral to the hospice in their home area comes out of these discussions. No one does pain management better nor support for patient and families. They are a great help and blessing at a time when all other blessings seem hollow.

    My love and prayers.
     

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