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Out of the Blue

It's a very sad day for me today, as my dad died yesterday afternoon. This came very shortly after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, though it's quite apparent that he must have been sick for quite some time, as by the time it was identified, it was already an extremely advanced case. This is in part because he was very averse to doctors and hospitals, and clearly avoided seeking any sort of diagnosis or treatment until things got to this point, but considering what a horrible disease this is, he did not end up suffering as badly as many do, and for that we are thankful (the fact is that even when it's caught early, the long-term prognosis for lung cancer patients is pretty grim anyway). With apologies in advance, I'm going risk sounding preachy to take this as an opportunity to suggest that those of you who smoke cigarettes look at my dad's example and consider quitting. He quit himself about 10 years ago, but that was after smoking for decades, and while lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, according to the Wikipedia almost 90% of lung cancer deaths across the developed world are caused by smoking, so this is widely avoidable. Take that as you will, but if even one person could take a lesson from my dad's situation to avoid a similar fate, it would mean that some good could come from all of this.

Anyway this was the family emergency I mentioned early last week, and it may cause a further disruptions, as it sounds likely that the funeral will be during the week. I am expecting things to settle down to "normal" by next weekend.

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42. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 20:20 peteham
 
Very sorry to hear that, Blue. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.  
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 20:18 complicity
 
This is not the sort of Blue's News I was hoping for when I logged in just now... I'm sorry for your great loss, Blue, sincerely.

And we can handle any disruptions.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 20:10 Hump
 
My condolences Stephen. Stay strong.  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 20:05 Bumpy
 
Man, that's rough news, sorry to hear this. My dads getting there too. At 73 I see him aging rapidly.  
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 20:03 Ronin
 
Been here but fairly quiet for a long time. My sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers. It goes without saying, take all the time you need.  
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:59 ohsnap!
 
Long time reader, first time poster. My sincerest condolences Mr Blue, I wish nothing but good things for you and your family, especially during these hard times.  
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:58 KilgoreTrout
 
I am really sorry to hear about your loss, Blue.

And Cutter (#18), you should read up a little on statistics sometimes. It might help to clear up your somewhat muddled view of the world and how it functions.
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:51 caralimon
 
My condolences  
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:37 Blackhawk
 
I'm sorry to hear that. I lost both of my parents the same way, so I know what it's like.  
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:35 EvilGrouse
 
You have my condolences, Mr. Blue. Sorry for your loss. Keep your chin up, kid!  
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:28 mch
 
Very sorry for your loss Blue  
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:28 Lesaonar
 
My sincere condolences to you and your family, Mr. Heaslip.  
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:25 dan
 
My father also started smoking at an early age and did so for more than a decade, fortunately he decided to stop in his thirties once he became a doctor and has been exercising since. We just celebrated his 70th birthday two days ago.

My sincere condolences.
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:23 ruggratt
 
My condolences Blue : (  
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:17 JohnnyRotten
 
Condolences Blue  
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:12 PullMyFinger
 
My most sincere condolences to you and your family, Blue.

I've been regularly visiting your site since, oh, GLQuake or so; but almost never comment. In any case, I was saddened to hear about your loss. I hope things get back to normal as soon as it's reasonable, and that folks who visit this site take your cue to encourage their friends and family who might also be smokers to quit. It's likely the most readily understood (though certainly not easy) way to extend your life.

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26. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:08 Capella
 
So very sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort in the days ahead.  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:07 Gocows
 
From a decade old fan of the site, my deepest sympathies Blue.  
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:05 Burrito of Peace
 
My condolences as well.

I agree with nin, take as much time as you need to. We'll all be here when you get back...and I am sure there are plenty more of my posts you can remove then.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2010, 19:02 Mr. Tact
 
Condolences to you and your family, Stephen.  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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