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Offline Formo  
#31 Posted : Sunday, May 22, 2011 6:17:01 PM(UTC)
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Well my uncle (one of my dad's brothers) and my dad have set up a blog at blogspot for those that are interested in keeping up with updates instead of my dad emailing a million addresses to the family. So I figured I'd post it here as well for those that are interested.


http://joelchemojourney.blogspot.com/

That's the blog link that I mentioned in my previous post.
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#32 Posted : Friday, May 27, 2011 6:04:18 PM(UTC)
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Thanks, Formo--the blog posts were encouraging.

Hope this past week went well for your Dad, too.
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#33 Posted : Saturday, May 28, 2011 6:11:23 AM(UTC)
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awesome he's got a blog going. will add it to my favorites & check it often. give the old guy a hug from me & let him know he's in my nightly prayers!!
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#34 Posted : Thursday, June 9, 2011 8:04:20 PM(UTC)
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Just wanted to publicly thank you whom shall not be named for posting on my dad's blog. He told me how odd it was getting a comment from someone out of the blue at such a distance when he has family members that haven't bothered commenting. And not just 'odd'.. but I believe his exact words were, 'very VERY cool'.

To say my dad has been humbled lately is a gross understatement. People have come from the woodwork giving support, prayers, and donations. I love seeing him get humbled because A) he deserves so much and to see him get just a TINY bit of what is deserved is awesome, and B) I'm a sap and like watching peoples reactions when they are humbled.
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#35 Posted : Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:20:40 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Formo Go to Quoted Post
Just wanted to publicly thank you whom shall not be named for posting on my dad's blog. He told me how odd it was getting a comment from someone out of the blue at such a distance when he has family members that haven't bothered commenting. And not just 'odd'.. but I believe his exact words were, 'very VERY cool'.

To say my dad has been humbled lately is a gross understatement. People have come from the woodwork giving support, prayers, and donations. I love seeing him get humbled because A) he deserves so much and to see him get just a TINY bit of what is deserved is awesome, and B) I'm a sap and like watching peoples reactions when they are humbled.



Keep up the battle and stay strong for your Dad. We're here for buddy!
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#36 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 9:37:49 AM(UTC)
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Just wanted to bump this so I can post an update when I get home.
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#37 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 9:46:24 AM(UTC)
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Have only just read this my purple hued friend.

Your dad and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take good care of yourself

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I feel very wrong now!!!!!!!!!
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#38 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 10:28:00 AM(UTC)
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So last week I took dad into the docs to do his chemo treatment because my brother went into ICU and my mother and baby sister were at the hospital with him. Because of this, it was only dad and me. Had a blast, actually. Arrived late late Thursday night at his house, he was just making up a big frozen mug of vanilla DQ soft serve ice cream and his homemade hot fudge. This was funny to me in many ways.. First off.. It instantly brought me back to the years after my mom left us and it was just my dad, my sister and I living together. Every weekend he would make up his hot fudge and we'd have sundaes. Second way it was funny was because of the chemo he becomes VERY sensitive to anything cold, causing his nerves to act as if he's being electrocuted so he has to avoid anything cold until that side effect wears off. The longer he's on chemo, the longer that effect will be until it is a constant. As of that Thursday night, he had about 3 days of no side effect and because it was his last night without it for at least a week he was splurging. So as soon as I got my stuff inside, I grabbed the leftover pizza he had made and then made myself up a big ol' sundae just like in year's past.

We just pretty much hung out during his 4 hour session. Played Scrabble, chatted.. One of my other sisters got off work around noon-ish, so she picked me up, we went out to eat and then brought dad back some food. After his chemo was done, then I drove dad back to the cities (dad's chemo therapy is at the hospital in the town by where he lives) to the hospital where my brother was at.

It was VERY cool to see how he interacted with the other people there getting chemo. He saw one guy (whom he must have gotten to know a bit) and asked how he was doing. The older fellow just responded, "I'm doing what I can" My dad looked at him with a smile and said, "FIGHT! Just keep fighting!"

Yesterday (Thursday) was his first CT scan after we found out the news and just this morning he got his results in.

Dad's latest Facebook status: "Scan results: tumors are shrinking (largest went from 28m to 21.5mm). Some of the smaller ones gone. Still not out of the woods, but chemo IS working. CEA (cancer evaluation anallysis) went from over 1000 to 520. Thank YOU Lord Jesus and all my family and friends!"
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#39 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 12:04:21 PM(UTC)
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Great news, I truy know how you feel. Tell the old man there's a dumbass from North Dakota praying for him.

I don't know Formo, this common ground empathy quasi-friendship we're building is really making me feel cheap and dirty. I long for a time when our loved ones are healthy and pock shots at each other resume.


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#40 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 5:29:11 PM(UTC)
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good to hear this Formo. You NEED to learn his hot fudge recipe. That way you can be the one making it for family outings and making memories 20-30 years from now. (Until then it is your dad's job and he can't quit before then.)
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#41 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:53:35 AM(UTC)
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good to hear this Formo. You NEED to learn his hot fudge recipe. That way you can be the one making it for family outings and making memories 20-30 years from now. (Until then it is your dad's job and he can't quit before then.)


This.

You have no idea how much this post has (and will contintue to) meant to me.

Thank you, seriously.
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#42 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:25:19 PM(UTC)
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This.

You have no idea how much this post has (and will contintue to) meant to me.

Thank you, seriously.


I was going thru a few things of Dad's this morning. Made me a little glum.
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#43 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:13:06 PM(UTC)
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Formo, I was just thinking about you and your dad and your recent post along with my dad when I sautéed some mushrooms the other day. I loved his. I could have eaten the whole batch by myself. I roughly knew how he prepared them but my version is not the same. (He probably used more or a better quality wine.) The seasonings prob are not the same either. I can see him standing at the stove tinkering away and having a great time. Talking to who ever passed thru the kitchen, stirring his concoctions and washing whatever dirty dish he was done using immediately instead of waiting to do them all when dinner was over. (There was a whole lot of Felix Unger in him. I use to hate it. Now what I wouldn't give to experience it 1 more time.)

He use to love to make chicken Cacciatore when we were young. Prob had it 10-15 times a year. As he was winding down I told my wife to make him some. I think of him every single time I see it on a menu. I have not had the heart to make it myself in the past 5 years. I simply could not eat it if I did.
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#44 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:10:49 PM(UTC)
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Formo, I was just thinking about you and your dad and your recent post along with my dad when I sautéed some mushrooms the other day. I loved his. I could have eaten the whole batch by myself. I roughly knew how he prepared them but my version is not the same. (He probably used more or a better quality wine.) The seasonings prob are not the same either. I can see him standing at the stove tinkering away and having a great time. Talking to who ever passed thru the kitchen, stirring his concoctions and washing whatever dirty dish he was done using immediately instead of waiting to do them all when dinner was over. (There was a whole lot of Felix Unger in him. I use to hate it. Now what I wouldn't give to experience it 1 more time.)

He use to love to make chicken Cacciatore when we were young. Prob had it 10-15 times a year. As he was winding down I told my wife to make him some. I think of him every single time I see it on a menu. I have not had the heart to make it myself in the past 5 years. I simply could not eat it if I did.


I would love to make up some sauteed mushrooms or chicken Cacciatore (no clue what that is, BTW) in honor of your dad. You just make sure you enjoy ice cream and hot fudge in honor of mine.
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#45 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:32:24 PM(UTC)
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I would love to make up some sauteed mushrooms or chicken Cacciatore (no clue what that is, BTW) in honor of your dad. You just make sure you enjoy ice cream and hot fudge in honor of mine.


SWEET!

There are about 10 million versions of how to make cacciatore.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1639,154176-231197,00.html

this one is about as good (and simple) as any. Dad used green peppers. I never cared for peppers red or green. (I know it is not very Italian of me. Mom's side of the family is appalled.)

the deluxe version

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0...39,155176-227198,00.html

Dad would fuss over his concoction all afternoon. In hind site he must have frustrated Mom because I don't remember her even going into the kitchen when he was at work. Either that or she was thrilled to not have to cook for 7 of us every once in awhile.

The back breaker is the sauce. It is all the little things you add to a homemade marinara sauce that and make the meal or kill it.

today it is all chicken breasts. back in the olden days you had the whole chicken cut into pieces.


if you prefer a wine wine "gravy" try this one. it looks pretty good.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/reci...iatore-recipe/index.html
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