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dear family and friends..
i was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 11/3/10, and am in treatment daily. The story follows, but there is news that friends and colleagues have set up a medical/healthcaring scholarship for the community for young people who are inspired to serve their fellow man in the wide field of medical care.   

If you are new to this site, the background follows and I try to journal frequently, and most of all I cherish your entries every morning, love to all, leonard



Last spring I noticed that I heard myself wheezing when I was lying down at night. This progressed to a cough without anything coming up. I was also noticing that i could not perform in my exercise activities, swimming, biking and jogging like I could before. Thought it was asthma and used an inhaler that didn't work. I tried others and thought it was a little better, but finally went to a colleague, had a chest xray and pulmonary function testing which were normal around the first of August. I had a serious worsening of symptoms when Ian and Hoa visited and I caught a cold. The asthma treatment helped significantly but I went ahead and planned a visit to the pulmonary specialist for late october hoping that I wouldn't need him by then. By the time I saw him I was short of breath with just about any activity. My PFT's were still in the normal range, but at his instructions I brought home an oximeter and checked after walking and jogging a short distance. The oxygen went way down and I ended up that night getting a CT scan which showed the tumor. This was last Saturday night, 10/30. Since then it has been a roller coaster of emotions. The shock, doubt, hope, sadness, but most of all the joy and aliveness that has come with all the love. My world is full of people I care about and that is about all I have really cared about. I love the outdoors, being in nature, but it is somehow secondary to the people. You are all part of my being. Thank you soooooo.....

 leonard

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Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry, "Celebration of A Well Lived Life".

We have finalized a date and place to honor this great fellow in the playful spirit he brought to his daily life; we'll gather at Parque de Vida at the pond and covered ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry, "Celebration of A Well Lived Life".

We have finalized a date and place to honor this great fellow in the playful spirit he brought to his daily life; we'll gather at Parque de Vida at the pond and covered ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry, "Possible Public Memorial...".

I am continually brought to my knees by the many kindness and thoughts honoring this remarkable spirit that has touched each of us...a few gathered with candles blazing ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

He has passed; the rains have come....love and peace to all Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry, "On the Road to Freedom....".

For our dear friends and family, i feel the need to now share the progression of leonard's journey towards ultimate freedom; we just had old friends who have been anchors ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

Ok, here's a question to all of you that could help me get trough to all of you regarding how I am going to be dealing with Hospice vs insurance. I recently had the ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

Hi to you all, I just am not thinking very clearly and am trying to fill the signs. I hope that you can make out what I am doing with signs of trouble. Also, going up ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

Wow, what ups and downs. One night I had such leg paiin on my right side and the shoulder stabbing pain on the right was so intense that it kept me from sleeping. I ended ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

What a roller coaster ride the past week. I have had bad night with almost no sleep, others with good sleep. I have had trouble with weak legs and poor balance. There has ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

Well, so much for the eye surgery. I can't see anything with the right eye that is identifiable or pretty I will just have to continue to live with 1 good eye, the left ... Read more

Leonard Cain posted a new journal entry.

Well, I had surgery this morning with my right eye cleared of the cataract. It has been interesting that I can't read what I am typing. It has been free of pain ... Read more

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