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My Story

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Most of us in life may never experience what I would refer to as an "out of body" experience.  Perhaps a few spiritual leaders in history have achieved this via higher discipline of cognition and purpose.  Unfortunately, this experience can more likely result from near death, confusion, and fear.  In my efforts to understand the events of this past week, I realize that I have been faced with no less than 3 "out of body" experiences.  Monday I was struck by a seizure while driving only blocks from my house after a morning at work.  Without unnecessary detail this most certainly was the first such experience.  Soon after came an ambulance and hospital experience which included simple questions for which I had all the answers but was unable to verbalize.  As a result of this disconnection, confusion and subsequent frustration, I found myself for the second time in two days seemingly observing the situation from afar.  Not an experience I have begun to comprehend. 

Most recently my wife Andrea and I attended a meeting to discuss pathology results and treatment options.  This perhaps was the most surreal and upsetting experience for me for the very reason that my wife herself experienced the same sensation.  Together we seemed to be completely separated from ourselves, looking down and unable to comprehend the data.  I still cannot explain this, and maybe never will be able to.  The pathology report revealed Stage IV, Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  The prognosis we were given is perhaps what sent us out of body.  I can tell you it was not what we wanted to hear, but we were informed it is simply an estimation and not an accurate number.  We have a treatment plan and are looking at all clinical study alternatives as well.  We will remain positive and vigilant for the sake of Ethan and Brandon.  I will continue to give updates and insights as I can. 

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Allen Parkes posted a new journal entry, "Thank You".

Hi Family and Friends, It's been just over one week since Allen's Celebration of Life, seems like yesterday. First I want to THANK everyone who came to his service or was ... Read more

Andrea Loyko signed Allen's Guestbook.

I think about you and the boys all the time Andrea. You are not alone in this. Please call upon us anytime you need anything. We love you guys and look forward to ... Read more

Tim Mills signed Allen's Guestbook.

Hi Andrea,I am very sorry to hear of Allen's passing, he fought a very long and courageous battle against a very deadly disease. Although you are terribly saddened and ... Read more

Kelly Ramsey signed Allen's Guestbook.

Parkes Family:I didn't know Allen or your family.  I had written a year or two ago.  I followed this page and was inspired by the fight and drive that he seemed to have. ... Read more

Sharon Cameron signed Allen's Guestbook.

To the Parkes Family & Lynda MajorsMy Prayers and Blessing are with each of you. My our Lord give each of you peace and love during this time.All of you have been ... Read more

Allen Parkes posted a new journal entry, "For the Celebration of Life".

Hi Friends and Family, Just a note. A lot of people are asking me the dress code for Friday and about flowers. Allen would want everyone to be comfortable and not be in ... Read more

Andrew Earnshaw signed Allen's Guestbook.

A gentle boy, a Gentleman, a HUGE heart.Where does one begin with such feelings... The depth of sorrow that Andrea and family must feel, and yet the release after such a ... Read more

Tracey Grimshaw signed Allen's Guestbook.

We will miss our dear friend Al. His smile could always light up the room. We love him a lot. He will be in our hearts forever. Many years of wonderful memories to ... Read more

Joan Madler signed Allen's Guestbook.

So glad to hear the end was peaceful. Will continue to keep you all in prayer as you face the difficult days ahead. Read more

Nan signed Allen's Guestbook.

Love to your dear family he did fight bravely and with honor.   I will always remember his smile love and condolences  Read more

Rhonda Johnson (Scott) signed Allen's Guestbook.

Sorry to hear of Allen's passing. There will be a lot of wonderful memories going around with the passing of this news. My thought are with your family as you continue on ... Read more

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