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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Fort Worth, Texas, United States

    Default Health Issues and Prayer Request

    I joined this forum at the recommendation of Tim when I bought my smoker from him about a year ago. Over the course of the past year, I have thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with this group, including lots of practice on my new Backwoods Smoker.

    In June, I fell and dislocated my shoulder while on a company outing. In the process to repair my rotator cuff, I experienced swolen lymph nodes in my neck which was ultimately diagnosed as Mantle Cell Lymphoma Stage 4B in September. This has been a difficult diagnosis for me to grasp, obviously hoping against all hope that it was simply an infection that would go away, however, the tissue biopsy proved otherwise.

    I have not mentioned this on the site up until I saw Tim's post today about their unfortunate diagnosis. He recommended that I post this in this area. I am currently in round 2 of R-CHOP chemotherapy, and so far I only have encountered minor side effects from the chemo -- hair loss and some neuropathy in my fingers. The reality is that I am 25 days into this journey, and I have six total rounds of chemo (21 days each round) to complete, so there is a long road ahead.

    As a Believer, I believe in the power of prayer, and I would ask that you hold me and my family in your prayers. I fervently believe that God is walking along side me in this journey. I cherish and value your friendships and your prayers.

    Mel / Full Metal Pork / Comp Rig -- G2 Party-G2 Chubby-Chicken Little / BWS EXT Party

  2. #2
    SmokyOkie Guest


    You will be in our thoughts and prayers Mel.

    I consider it an honor to be your friend.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Ruskin, FL


    Praying for you, Mel. Stay Strong.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Magnolia/Tomball Texas


    Stay strong, Prayer sent.
    Why in the hell should I have to "Press 1 for English?"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    St. Petersburg, Fl.


    Thoughts and prayers sent.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Tulsa, OK

    Default Peace be with you

    As a trauma nurse, I find comfort and pride to be able to help others in their most fragile stage. It is rather frustrating though to care for those that I can't "fix". This is where I must rely on a higher power than myself or others.
    I pray that you are cared for well and can enjoy what you can. As time goes by you will have friends that you never would have thought, find humor in things that no one else understands, and... well, some days will just be really crappy.
    All the best to you Mel. and to the ones that are at your side. May God bless you and keep you always.
    Prayers from Tulsa, Ok
    BellFab custom offset, Hasty Bake Legacy 131, Ozark Oak Lump and local native hardwoods.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Texas Hill country


    You can beat this Stay positive & keep your eye on the prize, In the mean time I'll put in a good word for you.
    Be kind to me, it's not my fault I'm a "PORK-A-HOLIC"!!
    MY Blog:Http://
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Edmond, OK


    Stay strong Bubblehead!!

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    UDS Mini UDS Weber Performer Weber 18.5 OTG Smokey Joe Smokey Joe WSM mod Weber-Q 1200

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    San Jose, California, United States


    Prayers sent !

    I wish I lived closer I would stop by you and tims with a meal on nights you and cindy weren't feeling well!

    Course my cooking might just make you sicker!

    I hope that your bonds with your friends and family grow strong!

    18.5 Weber Smokey Joe Platinum
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Carthage, MO


    But of course Mel .. We are all here and pulling in all directions for you as well. Stay strong and think about the best times when things get tough. Guess I'm just sayin Love, Peace, N Chicken Grease ... You're in our prayers

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    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!

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