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Offline Formo  
#1 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:54:01 PM(UTC)
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For those that are keeping tabs on CaringBridge (I thank you with all of my being), expect some sort of icky updates. Details are still being deciphered at the moment, but there isn't an ETA on when we'll get them at the moment.

I only post this here instead of letting those that are following get the updates they normally would is because if I'm edgy, snappy, or downright bitchy, it's because of this. I'm far from graceful when it comes to dealing with this kind of stuff. I don't expect you guys to take it sitting down, so feel free to light me back up, but I just want I guess fore-warn you all on a potential crabby-pants Formo.

That is all.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:02:59 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Formo Go to Quoted Post
For those that are keeping tabs on CaringBridge (I thank you with all of my being), expect some sort of icky updates. Details are still being deciphered at the moment, but there isn't an ETA on when we'll get them at the moment.

I only post this here instead of letting those that are following get the updates they normally would is because if I'm edgy, snappy, or downright bitchy, it's because of this. I'm far from graceful when it comes to dealing with this kind of stuff. I don't expect you guys to take it sitting down, so feel free to light me back up, but I just want I guess fore-warn you all on a potential crabby-pants Formo.

That is all.


I'll reserve all your bitch slaps for a later day. I have 100% empathy for you! Stay strong man.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:11:28 PM(UTC)
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formo I walked in those moccasins myself. Monday is the 5 yr anniversary since I lost my Dad to C. It still hurts and I am still pissed.

but at the same time I am extremely grateful to have had the time I did with him in his last few years.

I am glad you posted this here because I do want to show you and your family my support. I stopped going over to the other site because it is a bit difficult for me. I guess that makes me a baby.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:24:57 PM(UTC)
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My thoughts are with you man.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:36:45 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wpr Go to Quoted Post

I am glad you posted this here because I do want to show you and your family my support. I stopped going over to the other site because it is a bit difficult for me. I guess that makes me a baby.


Not really at all. I would encourage you to get involved with cancer organizations. I've had many people, who have lost loved ones to cancer, come up to me and tell me how much our battle with Mia's has meant to them. All those comments seemed to make our battle a little easier. Cancer patients become a family.

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#6 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012 1:10:54 PM(UTC)
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Not sure how I missed this thread.. now I feel bad about UserPostedImage you around lately.


You have me permission to rip me a new one if need be.. but you only get one shot.. so make it count.

All joking aside.. I will pass along my prayers for you and your entire family. If I can help in any way.. yelp.
I think when there's enough will and aggression, there's no shortage of talent either.

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#7 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012 7:58:12 PM(UTC)
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Formo-sorry to hear that your dad is doing worse. I hope going back to the old chemo drug works. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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#8 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012 9:24:18 PM(UTC)
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Latest (you guys getting an 'unofficial' update before his CaringBridge will) is dad's doctor is getting the opinions from two other doctors, one a surgeon, the other another doctor. The fluid is coming from his liver (which is where the cancer had spread) and it's condition is apparently getting worse. We'll be making the trip up to the hospital tomorrow to further comfort him. Doctors have said that surgery (more specifically liver transplant) is not an option, but if direct meds doesn't do the trick he'll probably need liver stints. If that happens, he'll probably get that done at Abbott in MPLS.

Not quite sure if I have digested all this or not. I guess we're just taking this one baby step at a time.
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#9 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012 9:53:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DakotaT Go to Quoted Post
I'll reserve all your bitch slaps for a later day. I have 100% empathy for you! Stay strong man.


Pussy. Fire away at will.

But I do sincerely, with every fiber of my being, appreciate the empathy. Not just from you, but Wayne and others as well. This isn't something I know how to deal with yet. I'm certainly not strong enough to being handling this.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, August 25, 2012 5:49:47 AM(UTC)
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i've been keeping tabs on the ole man via caring bridge & i'm so very sorry to hear the latest. takes me right back to certain moments with my dad & i cannot begin to express how much my heart hurts for you all. as you move forward in this journey, we're all here for you in whatever way we can be.

you will gain strength that you never thought you'd have & it will remain with you forever. one thing i wish i would have done was talked to my dad about his pain, his fears, & just let him cry with me. i was a little too strong & maybe missed some precious moments with him because of it.

love, hugs, & prayers to your entire family.
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#11 Posted : Saturday, August 25, 2012 8:48:25 PM(UTC)
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Hanging out at the moment with daddy as I type this in the hospital room... He mentioned you, Jules. So know that you are making at least some impact. I personally want to thank you. It means a lot to dad, which means, it means a lot to me.

Had a good chat with him earlier. Well, it was more of him talking and me just sitting and listening. This terminal crap is happening far too fast for both our liking. I found that I've been watching him very deliberately, studying his every move and mannerism. I never want to forget not only what he looks like but how he moves and talks. My sisters and I went to Culvers earlier, and brought him back some soup. I just sat across the table from him just watching and studying him as he ate.

Time to let him rest before they update his IV.
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#12 Posted : Saturday, August 25, 2012 9:55:38 PM(UTC)
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I am glad you have the time to spend with your Dad. I never regretted one minute I spent with mine in the finals few years. I asked my Dad a lot of questions about his earlier life. Some things I knew some things I had forgotten. Some things were new to me. It didn't matter. I just enjoyed listening to him talk. I tried to burn him imagine and mannerisms in as deep into my memory as I could. It was amazing how I had taken for granted so much. As I would sit there and watch him I realized how much I loved even the things that irritated me the most.

Last year I was in the mall in Appleton and almost lost it. There was a little kiosk called "Between The Sheets". They sold liens. One of dad's favorite sayings was to tell Mom before he left for work, "I'll see you between the sheets tonight". I told him it made their marriage sound tawdry or cheap. I was just a stupid kid in high school or college. What right did I have telling him how he could speak to Mom if she didn't mind. Anyway I had my wife take a picture of this kiosk and I showed it to Mom. She didn't remember me getting upset with Dad. I told her I should have kept my mouth shut and stayed out of it.

In the last few months I had my wife make him one of his favorite dishes. Chicken Cacciatore. We only brought over a few pieces to him and Mom. He really couldn't eat much of it but he did enjoy it. I planned to bring him a Ruben Sandwich from one of the local restaurants but he couldn't eat things like that by the time I was going to take it to him. My wife use to bring her Dad Frosties from Wendy's. He loved them.

I took a few pictures of my Dad while he slept. (no flash) About once a year I find them on my computer and I realize how sick he was. I don't think I told anyone but my wife.

In a way I envy you Formo. I know you and your family are in pain and I am sorry for what you deal with every single day. Come Monday morning at 6:20 I would gladly go through it again. then I will look at the last picture I took of him and realize I couldn't wish that on him once more.

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#13 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 7:38:45 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Formo Go to Quoted Post
Hanging out at the moment with daddy as I type this in the hospital room... He mentioned you, Jules. So know that you are making at least some impact. I personally want to thank you. It means a lot to dad, which means, it means a lot to me.


So because she has boobs he mentions her? What about the guy who created the most awesome forum that you must frequent daily even though it's predicated on your enemy? Huh!?!!?!


All joking aside, the idea of losing a parent is still painful for me and I've failed at handling it ... so please take no disrespect to this, but I haven't really read much out of my own selfishness. Do know this, its not because I don't care because I truly hope everything goes well for him.
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#14 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:51:03 AM(UTC)
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oh gosh - now i'm crying.

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#15 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:09:26 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Formo Go to Quoted Post
This isn't something I know how to deal with yet. I'm certainly not strong enough to being handling this.


Yes you are! If I can sit in a ICU room for 14 hours while a doctor splits my baby's head open and digs out a golf ball sized tumor, spend seven weeks apart from her and my wife while she did daily radiation, and watch her do 10 series of chemo weakening her until she was as pale as a ghost; I expect nothing less than absolute strength as you help your siblings and mother through all this.

You will do this, and you will do it well - cause DakotaT loves you! Now I'm tearing up too.
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