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« on: 21/02/2009 02:47:28 »
Dear all,

As some of you already know, I have been diagnosed with a rather nasty form of cancer called mesothelioma for which there is no cure. I have decided to forego chemotherapy as it is not particularly effective for this form of cancer. It would probably only prolong my life by a few weeks at most and make me feel even more ill in the meantime. I would rather spend my remaining time in as good health as possible so that I can make the most of what time is left to me.

Andrew K Fletcher has pointed me at some alternative therapies for which I am grateful and I am looking into them. Unfortunately, though, those I have so far looked at are said to be ineffective against epitheliodal cancers, of which mesothelioma is a variant.

Some of you have commented on my recent absences from the forum. These have been due to periods in hospital. I am becoming increasingly susceptible to infections as a result of the cancer and, barring a miracle, my hospital stays will become more frequent and prolonged. My health will continue to deteriorate until the point arrives where I am no longer able to visit this forum. That point may be months away or it could be just a matter of weeks; there is no way of telling. Before I do reach that stage, however, there are some things I would like to say.

Firstly I would like to thank my very good friends Neilep, PaulFr & MakeItLady for being there for me, and an extra special thank you to that miserable Texan rock-hugger JimBob who has given me, and continues to give me, so much support & encouragement. Your friendship has been a great comfort to me and I am very grateful to you all and proud to call you friends.

I would also like to thank Chris for founding TNS. It is a truly great idea and I wish him and the rest of the team success and happiness in the future. And a thank you to Dave for taking the appropriate action when the forum goes pear-shaped. 

I have been a member here for the best part of 4 years and I still thoroughly enjoy my visits. I have made some good friends here and learned a lot, particularly from the likes of SoulSurfer, lightarrow, iko, Bikerman and AndrewKFletcher. I hope that in my own little way I have occasionally imparted knowledge that others have found useful. I also hope that I haven't upset too many people with my dreadful jokes and callous hijacking of threads.

I am not looking for sympathy by writing this. There are others in the world who are far more deserving. I can see an end to my suffering in the not-too-distant future. Those in places such as Zimbabwe, Darfur, Iraq and Palestine do not have that luxury. It is to such places that your sympathies should be directed. I want you all to continue to treat me in the same way you always have; when I write crap, tell me so!

My life has been a good one and I approach my end with very few regrets. I have seen and done things that most people never would. There are, however, some things I should have done that I just haven't got around to and now it's too late. Please, if there is something you really want to do then just get off your ass and do it. You never know what is around the corner and life can suddenly throw a handful of crap at you that will prevent you from doing those things.

Try not to fall out with people unnecessarily or, if you do, don't be too proud to make the first conciliatory approach. I am now trying to re-build some bridges so that I can meet my end at peace with myself.

Cherish your friends and your loved ones. Show them how much you care. Don't just say it - SHOW IT!

Now, just because I'm ill, don't think I'm going to go all soft on you. My FOG head still works perfectly well and I retain the faculty of pedantry. So be aware that your grammatical errors and spelling mistakes will still be spotted. I will continue to hold no truck with idiots (you know who you are!) and take to task any who put forward moronic “theories”.

Finally, thank you all for your contributions to this forum that have made my visits so enjoyable.

My very best wishes to you all,

Your friend,

Doctor Beaver



 

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« Reply #1 on: 21/02/2009 02:56:58 »
Thanks Eth..You are an inspiration...All My best and Huge Hugs and Thank you's.. for all of your support also.

All My Best wishes!

Karen
 

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« Reply #2 on: 21/02/2009 06:43:52 »
You are amazing.

Everyone who knows you knows that.

 

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« Reply #3 on: 21/02/2009 07:01:05 »
My sympathies DoctorBeaver, we'll miss you.

Can't you get a laptop with internet at hospital?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 21/02/2009 10:35:29 »
I haven't known you long but have always appreciated your insights, clear arguments and your humour.
What you have said about suffering and the need to cherish loved ones is so true and easily overlooked in the daily round.
We have more of you to look forward to - in the meantime, go well.
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« Reply #5 on: 21/02/2009 11:33:48 »
You are a gentleman and an inspiration. Your attitude to your situation shows you to be deserving of much admiration.

Don.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 21/02/2009 13:55:03 »
Can't you get a laptop with internet at hospital?

I have just such a beastie but there will come a time when I am too weak even to type. I don't know how long it will be before I'm in that situation & that's why I wanted to say these things now.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 21/02/2009 15:10:29 »
My sympathies DoctorBeaver, we'll miss you.

Can't you get a laptop with internet at hospital?

DON'T ENCOURAGE HIM!
He will have a laptop and broad-band connection installed in his coffin or one burned on his funeral pyre with him and we will NEVER be rid of him!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 21/02/2009 15:17:34 »
Jolly good idea Jimbob..Mind if I insert one into mine too' using your idea!
We do all so love all our computerfriends!!!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 21/02/2009 15:38:49 »
Oh sh*t, DB thats really awful. If this was due to asbestos I hope you sued someone. I breathed in some in a student vacation job in the late 60s when removing pipe insulation. I gathered it was a job given to students because the permanent workers were advised by their union not to do it. I found out about it later, but no obvious problems so far.

Keep fighting DB.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 21/02/2009 16:16:56 »
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My dear friend. I am truly saddened by your post and selfishly want you to keep us company for many more years to come. You are a maverick source of strength and humour and your experience in Africa has provided some stimulating insight into this troubled continent. I enjoy your quick wittedness and can’t remember a single time when you have trodden on toes within this marvellous Internet backwater.

It is an honour to share thoughts with such a knowledgeable Naked Scientist Stalwart. And let me assure those who fancy themselves as a beaver hunter. This Beaver has sunk his teeth into many topics.

Andrew
 

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« Reply #11 on: 21/02/2009 16:38:11 »
Even after I have passed on you won't be rid of me. I intend cyber-haunting this forum. A ghost in the machine?  ;D
 

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« Reply #12 on: 21/02/2009 17:58:42 »
I'm extremely saddened to hear this.  I value your comments, insights, arguments and humour very highly indeed.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 21/02/2009 19:47:08 »
http://www.survivingmesothelioma.com/news/view.asp?ID=0019
“They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor's Story” Rhio explains what he did to survive his diagnosis of mesothelioma and provides much of the science behind his decisions. He cites nearly one hundred medical articles that support the paradigm of using nutrition to help manage a chronic disease like cancer. This inspirational book reminds us that there may be other ways to beat cancer beyond chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. It also prompts us to recall the wisdom of Hippocrates, the "father of medicine." Over 2,000 years ago this Greek physician said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor's Story is available from Amazon.com  For more information please visit Rhio’s website http://mesothelioma.us.com

 

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« Reply #14 on: 21/02/2009 20:19:31 »
Thank you once again, Andrew. As I stated earlier, I am continuing to look into the alternatives you have brought to my attention.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 21/02/2009 21:08:18 »
Can't you get a laptop with internet at hospital?

I have just such a beastie but there will come a time when I am too weak even to type. I don't know how long it will be before I'm in that situation & that's why I wanted to say these things now.
When you are too weak to type you can use a dictaphone and get a lackey to type it for you. I'm very got with dictaphones although it is often just as good with a finger.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 21/02/2009 22:36:40 »
Sharon - I'm good with my fingers  ;) Well, being a guitarist, I would be! LOL
 

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« Reply #17 on: 21/02/2009 22:45:54 »
I fancy a good plucking session!

Seriously, I will set about training my teachers to educate our little darelings about difficult world issues with new gusto. What you say about the problems in other countries is so true. Cancer on the whole is the disease of a good and rich life. When you think of how many people die of diarrhea every day it gives you perspective. It still doesn't make it any better but brings things into focus.   
 

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« Reply #18 on: 21/02/2009 23:18:09 »
I fancy a good plucking session!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 22/02/2009 00:21:41 »
My sympathies, but... are you sure this will cause your death?  Many people survive this form of cancer.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 22/02/2009 00:26:42 »
My sympathies, but... are you sure this will cause your death?  Many people survive this form of cancer.

There are some who have lived with mesothelioma for considerable periods of time (16 years in 1 instance that has been brought to my attention), but they are very few and far between. Statistically, my chances of survival are extremely low. The mortality rate within 6-12 months is in the order of 98%. But, believe me, if I can find a way to get into that other 2% then I will most certainly do so.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 22/02/2009 00:30:11 »
read "Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient's Guide," by Paul Kraus
 

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« Reply #22 on: 22/02/2009 01:23:25 »
Where there is life, there is always hope DoctorBeaver! :)
 

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« Reply #23 on: 22/02/2009 09:56:02 »
MDriver & C4M - I am aware of all that but I will not build my hopes up. I have a positive attitude towards my situation, though, and I will not be giving up without a fight.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 22/02/2009 20:20:42 »
There seems to be a book on just about everything. I guess I'd read everyone on the type of cancer that had gotten hold of me if I was in tour position but on the other hand I would be tempted to do silly things instead.
 

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