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Nov 11, 2016
"Life has many Battles, but I am a warrior." Well here is my story as I prepare for yet another battle. Three weeks ago I was short of breath a lot. I went to immediate care to "get some meds." They ordered me to a hospital (CDH). They ran tests and found I have a tumor in my stomach. Samples sent to Mayo and they find it is a Sarcoma and very aggressive. I go to Northwestern Cancer Center in Warrenville. I meet doctors their that introduce me to a surgeon from MD Anderson in Texas, that happens to be our top cancer center in the US. He talks to me and decides he wants to do the surgery while he is here. It is scheduled for June 1 at CDH. What floored me is that they are taking the whole stomach out. They feel it is the best chance for survival. They say God only gives you what you can handle so he must think I'm god darn superman cause the hits just keep on coming. I will be in hospital a week, home bound a week, then slowly increase activity. If they think they got it all, that's it. If not, we start treatment. The immediate support from family, friends, neighbors, church, school is nothing short of over whelming. I was never that emotional the first time around, you know being a tough guy and all. But this time very emotional. Kids change that about you. The thought of sticking around for them is the biggest motivation, especially young Carson. He has so much to learn still about being a good man and I want to be there for that. So wish me well. Throw up a prayer if so inclined and know that I love so many of you! Be well my friends.