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Without going into detailed specifics the doctor has given me the “all clear!” sign. No more chemotherapy required. No more surgery required. The pathologist sent 36 slides of the tumor to the Mayo Clinic because of its rarity to confirm the findings. Bottom line: your prayers and positive thoughts worked! Thank you, my Brothers. I am forever in your debt for the Love and Respect that you have shown my family and me since this was first diagnosed last November. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and sharing our Brotherhood! God bless all of you!
Dr. Pool is ready to do my surgery Thursday morning (April 12). He was the “decider” about whether there would be more chemotherapy or not, and whether the CT Scan showed that the tumor could be removed. He is confident on both points.
My dearest Brothers:
First, I want to thank everyone who was in attendance at the 2012 ATO Zeta Mu Reunion & Hog Hunt at the Trails End Ranch in Medina last weekend. I have received word through several Brothers that the business meeting was temporarily ‘suspended’ for a prayer for me and the current health issues that I am facing. I can’t thank you enough for that and how much it has meant to my family and me over the past few days. Many tears of gratitude have been shed by my family and me. God bless all of you.
Second, I also understand that an auction was held on Saturday night during which a bag of what was reportedly my ‘short hairs’ that have fallen out during my chemo treatments sold for $175.00 and is now in the Zeta Mu chapter’s bank account. Let’s just say that I’m glad I could be of help to the chapter despite my absence at the reunion!
I had to return to my favorite VA yesterday - was admitted and the docs just came by about 8:30 and informed me that they were taking me back to surgery this morning. My room phone is: 713-794-8928. Will be in touch later.
L&R, A W
I just got off the phone with A. W. Radle. He is in VA hospital and has been there since last Saturday. He had an infection developed in the surgical area under his arm in which he has had a drain in place for over a couple months while it was healing. Long story short, our brother needs our prayers. He expects to get out of the hospital in the next couple days, if all goes well. He is on the 5B wing and his direct line is (713) 794-8789. As soon as he is able, he is supposed to start his interferon shots for the melanoma he had the surgery for. Please help me get the word out.
A.W Randle posts the following: Fellow Dons & ATOs….. A bit of sad news to report this evening. Charlie Hodges’ brother, Pat Hodges (who was an ATO), passed away about 7:47 PM on Saturday, January 29. Pat and Charlie lived next door to each other down in Sandia, Texas (which is close to Corpus). Charlie had told me earlier that Pat would be buried there in the Sandia area.