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Old 19th April 2017, 13:23   #1 (permalink)
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Such a bombshell yesterday & to be honest I cant really think of anything in my past that has hit me so hard.

A phone call from my older brother who asked me if I could come & see him? He only lives a couple of roads away from me, we are close in location and extremely close as brothers.

I knew by his voice that something serious was going on & my first thoughts were for his wife who beat breast cancer a few years back.........I went straight round to see him.

He has cancer. What he thought was an abscess from a tooth has now become life threatening even though neither of us are saying it.

The type of cancer is named but to be honest I was that shocked that the "name" just went straight over my head. Below his eye socket is swollen & his eye continuously weeps, he has lost food taste & concerns by the doctors seem to be aimed at the roof of his mouth.

Not sure of the details but tomorrow he's off to do a day in hospital where he has to drink some stuff & have an MRI scan. As said, I don't know the full SP but by all accounts once he drinks this stuff he will not be allowed contact with anyone for a good few hours.

The hit for me & I'm sure for him, neither of us could look each other in the eye for fear of BOTH of us breaking down.

One of the very rare occasions where I feel effing useless.

For you brother.

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Old 19th April 2017, 13:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My brother

I am so sorry to hear that Spurs. A good friend of mine from Cardiff who I met 30 years ago has just died from cancer and she only had it for 3 months. She was 73 years old and had been married for 48 years. I feel so very sorry for her husband. Hope your brother has good news. I am sending up a prayer for him and you. Angela x
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Old 19th April 2017, 13:30   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear this Spurs. I hope that the MRI scan shows that it is treatable.
If it's the same stuff as on of my uncle had to take when he had treatment for the big C,he had to be isolated from all of us for a couple of days before it was safe to have contact. Hope all goes well
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Good god Spurs I am very very sorry to hear this.

Puts all other old bollox in perspective

I have heard others on here with similar very serious problems and on many occasions I have just had a gut feeling that things will be ok. I feel that again for you and your bruv.

Brothers are so special -my own died at 42.

Things will be ok Spurs, just have that feeling
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Old 19th April 2017, 13:52   #5 (permalink)
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Just a bombshell.........He only took early retirement this year, him & his wife were booked for a holiday in Australia & New Zealand in November, of course thats been cancelled. Grafted all his life & what I would consider to be a "straight Joe" type of bloke.

I'm just at a loss. Phoned him this morning but its one of those numbers that I don't know what to say or do? Hes a tough sod & I mean that, we both boxed as kids and he could've gone on to a "career" in it but the Rover works offered better money.

By all accounts they're going to take samples from his spine, I think to see how far its got. Sadly I was that stunned I missed most of what he was saying.
All these years our handshakes were never so strong than they was yesterday.
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I really do feel for you Spurs.There are not many things any of us can say to elevate the pain and stress you and you brother are goin through.I went through the same thing as your brother 9 months before retiring.I went to Christie's in Manchester, that's enough to put the s***s up, anyone.They inject you with a kind of radioactive stuff and you are in isolation, for me it was 6 hrs.This radioactive stuff shows up on x=rays and only shows up on live objects, Heart, Liver,Kidneys,Brain and tumours that are cancerous.Fortunately, the Tumour I have is dead and not cancerous, but to dangerous to take out,so me and my little mate get on ok,so long as he stays dead.Lıke I saıd,thınkıng of you mate.Tell your brother nearly all thıngs lıke thıs are treatable now,ıf caught early.I pray the outcome ıs a good one mate.
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I am so sorry to learn of your news and my prayers will be with you and your brother.
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I was shocked to hear your sad news. Truly devastating both for your brother and you, as you are very close. All I can do is hope that he makes a speedy and full recovery.

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Spurs, I'm so very sorry to hear this awful news. Sending my very best wishes & heartfelt thoughts to you, your family & your Brother.

Praying Very hard that they have caught this in time to treat it.

Keep strong, your family needs your strength now more than ever xxx
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As we age , we , our friends , family and other loved ones confront our mortality , a difficult and confusing time for all.

Wishing your brother a speedy recovery to full health Spurs , a time for contemplation , support and most of all brotherly love , strength and fortitude to you all.

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