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    I need to share the news that my father passed away this morning. He was 77 and in declining health after a 40+-year struggle with diabetes and a more recent neurological disease with symptoms similar to ALS. My family visited him on the day he was admitted to the hospital in Augusta, Maine, two Fridays ago with trouble breathing, irregular heartbeat, and confusion. Two days later he was moved to intensive care and has been sedated and on life support until this morning. Although I'll never know whether he knew I was there, I drove up again last Thursday. My mother and I decided I should still head to Austin for the Ride for the Roses Weekend.

    I received the call from my sister while waiting in the airport for my flight home, letting me know that Dad passed away quickly and peacefully this morning, without regaining consciousness, in the presence of family.

    Rest in peace, Dad.
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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  • #2
    Scott, my heartfelt sympathy is with you and your family. You know, the phrase "he is in a better place now" is not just a cliche.. is the absolute truth. He will be in my very special prayers tonight as well as you, your siblings and specially your Mom - God bless you all and may he rest in peace!
    "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see". Heb 11:1


    • #3
      Scott, I'm very sorry to read this tough thread.
      I know your father will be missed, and I'm sure that he knew you were there.
      Majbritt and I send our thoughts and prayers.
      Keep doing what you do Scott, your father will smile down on you.
      Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
      Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

      Please see a physician for medical advice!

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      • #4
        Scott, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. The loss of a dad is very painful. I lost my dad 10 years ago who also struggled with diabetes. They say time heals, I don't know if I believe that, but hopefully it will for you.
        Brother Diag. 10/05 Non-Sem.
        Right I/O 11/05
        4XBEP 8/06
        RPLND 12/06
        2X VIP 1/22/07
        Only completed 1 Rd.


        • #5
          With hope that the support I have felt through this forum can now turn itself around to you...thoughts and prayers to you, your family and your father.
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          • #6

            I was very saddened to have read the news of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts.
            "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
            11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
            12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


            • #7
              Scott, I'm sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
              If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
              If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
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              Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
              Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
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              • #8
                Scott - I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

                sigpic Husband diagnosed 10/19/2006. EGCT, with mets to lung, brain, lymph nodes and liver, 4XBEP finished 12/25/2006. Began HDC 2/12/2007 at IU. HDC failure 5/07. Husband passed away 7/14/2007.


                • #9
                  Scott, I am so sorry you had to receive that call this morning. I believe your dad knew you were there by his side Thursday. I know your dad will be missed and never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


                  • #10
                    I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
                    Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


                    • #11
                      I'm very sorry for your loss, Scott. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
                      Muncie, IN
                      Ultrasound/LeftOrch 5/2006
                      CT Scan showed 5X2cm Mass 9/2007
                      3XBEP 10/8/07 - 12/3/07
                      Receiving treament from Einhorn in Indianapolis


                      • #12

                        I'm sorry to read about your loss.
                        You are in my thoughts and prayers-
                        May your fathers soul rest in peace- Amen


                        Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
                        L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
                        4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
                        AFP started increasing3 wks later
                        Residual abdominal mass found on CT
                        RPLND 6/8/07
                        Cancer in pathology-
                        80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
                        No adjuvent chemo and
                        AFP normalised

                        July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!


                        • #13
                          I'm so sorry for your loss Scott. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.



                          • #14
                            In my prayers I ask for some comfort for you and your family and although I never met him, I'm sending your Dad a Thank You for leaving us his Son.
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                            • #15
                              I'm sorry for your loss. We're all here for you if you should need us.
                              Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                              Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.