News From the Farmhouse
April 15th, 2018
If you had told me three months ago that I would be spending my 66th birthday in the office of a prominent surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston discussing the options for cancer treatment I would've thought you were crazy, but such was the case on April 3 when Phil and I traveled into Boston to sit with the surgeon and her chemotherapy specialist. In March Phil had been ill and spent five days in a local hospital where he underwent several tests only to be shipped to Mass.General for a third endoscopy procedure where they finally determined he had a tumor blocking a bile duct in his pancreas. The drive into Boston was horrendous with unbelievable traffic, and would not have been possible had it not been for our dear friends who drove us there that day.
And so we heard the dreaded news that Phil had pancreatic cancer. For me it was deja'vu....my dad died of complications from the same disease. The surgeon and her chemo specialist wanted Phil to have chemo and radiation therapy first, before removing the tumor. After many questions we decided that surgery first was the way to go. He was too weak to undergo treatment first. The surgeon was perfectly willing to go along with whatever we wanted to do and so it was on April 12th that with the help of our friends once again, we arrived at Mass. General at 6:30 am and Phil went "under the knife" around 10:15 am.
Phil had the "Whipple Procedure" whereby they remove a portion of the head of the pancreas, the tumor and a portion of the bile duct, the gall bladder, and a portion of the small intestine and stomach. They also removed some lymph nodes and as I write this we are still awaiting a biopsy report on those. We already knew the tumor was cancerous. If the cancer has gotten into the lymph nodes chemotherapy will likely be the next step, though I have alot of fears about that and little hope it would do much good long term.
As I write this we've had cold freezing rain all day and I am keeping the home fires burning and the kitties content while Phil recovers in the hospital from his lengthy surgery. Yesterday I traveled to Boston by bus and subway with my friend Sylvia and we spent the day trying to cheer him up. His daughter, brother and sister had also arrived from their prospective states to spend some time with Phil. He hadn't seen any of them in a very long time. By the end of their visits I knew he was pretty tuckered out. He's got all sorts of paraphenalia hooked up to him but he's toughing it out and is determined to get strong enough to come home soon. We won't know about those lymph nodes for at least another week.
When I can't get to Boston I talk to Phil on the phone and his spirits are good. We're both overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the many, many prayers from so many friends and even people we hardly know.
Even customers I've never met, from as far away as Vienna and Texas, are sending their prayers and well wishes. It's been very humbling. Thank you so much for your love and prayers. You are all like one gigantic family to me and Phil. You are the best family anyone can have. We are truly blessed to have so many dear friends.
As I learn more about Phil's condition and return home, I will post it here. THANK YOU and God bless you all!
WE LOVE TALK RADIO and think everyone should shut off the boob tube and listen to some great conservative radio hosts. Sadly there are those who have the tv on all day where "fake news" and the most stupid excuse for comedy is shown hour after hour. NO wonder the country is a mess...we have a population of mind numbed robots absorbing all that mindless dribble like a dry sponge. TURN IT OFF!! Get that radio on, tune it in to one of the better conservative talk show hosts! You'll finally get a decent education and enjoy some REAL humor at the same time.
Here are a few of our favorites: EXCELLENT radio talk show hosts we listen to regularly include Jeff Kuhner (the Kuhner report), Mike Siegel, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage (the Savage Nation), Alex Jones (he's often right though many consider him a "conspiracy theorist") Rush Limbaugh, Howie Carr, Mark Levin, sometimes there's a good radio host on Philly's 1210 am radio, here on the seacoast we get the Mike Gallagher show...1270 am 10 am We also sometimes tune in to shortwave radio at night.... Very good!
Frankly...there is NO conspiracy theories...the Left Wing loonies are not trying to hide a thing anymore....it's all pure, unadulterated "in your face" GLOBALISM, ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, BIG BROTHER LUCIFERIAN GUN GRABBING AGENDAS and people are finally wising up to the FAR LEFT'S attempted take over of our great country. Remember, the first thing the left will do to take over a people is to DISARM THEM!
We are not going to take it anymore!
If you like talk about UFO's, Yetti's, "other worldy" experiences...check out late night radio to go sleep by: Ground Zero with host Clyde Lewis. And for a lark.....repeat shows of ART BELL are very interesting too
If you want to learn the truth and hear REAL NEWS.....shut off the tv and listen to conservative talk radio!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
"The Tree of Liberty must oft times be watered with the Blood of Patriots"