Thursday, February 9, 2012

The best laid schemes of mice and men.....

My reader(s) may have wondered where I've been for the last three months, but I have a good excuse.  Stage 4 Colon Cancer - beat that with a stick.  I felt a little run down during the summer and went to my GP.  The short story is 2 operations, ascending and transverse colon removed (the necessary bits are still there), 21 days in hospital and am now on my second dose of chemo.  Over all feeling pretty good.  I'm blessed to have an amazing wife, great friends, good insurance and outstanding doctors and medical professionals.  The prognosis has gone from "not good"  to "not so bad".  The next year will tell a lot.  The boat plan is as follows;

1.  Continue to work on the boat to the existing standard with one of two possible ends;

      a.  Lynne and I will go cruising when I am cured.
      b.  The boat will be sold at some time in the future if plan a. does not work out.

I am quietly positive that plan a. is the one. 

So, dear reader(s) I will take all the good wishes, prayers from any source, Voudou incantations etc. that are sent my way.  After that the blog will revert to boat work.  If anyone wishes to put their name of a short list to buy the boat, that would be perfectly acceptable as long as you have a long time horizon.  If and when she is sold the sale price will not be the deciding factor.  I will be looking for a kindred spirit with the resources to finish the project.

If there has to be a positive side affect of being turned into a pinata by a bunch of surgeons is an almost immediate weight loss.  In my case a well needed 30lbs in 20 days.  That's me to the right of the pig.


jc luddite said...

Hi Gerry,

sorry to hear of the cancer. I watched a family member go through the same experience last year, in the same place. it seemed so epic, colon surgery AND chemo....bloody hell.

keep my on your boat list if the worst case happens.



Paul and Deb said...

Damn. Been quietly reading your blog (lurking), and thoroughly enjoying it. We too, are on a sailing mission. About the same timeline you guys are on. Reading this makes me want to leave now. Sorry to hear of the cancer, and we'll cross our fingers and toes, and send some positive energy your way, right after I get a colonoscopy. We do wish you the best. Hang in there.
Sodus Point NY

Susan said...

Well, Gerry - Jack and I have spoken of you often since you took some time off - wondering what was up, wondering if we should goodness. What awful news for you and Lynn. We send our best wishes for your recovery and we hope that one day soon we will read you are off on a new adventure, cruising the world! As a nurse, I am a big believer in the power of being postive. BELIEVE!!

Delta said...


The old owner of hull #98 here. Words cannot express my utter shock at your situation. Some things are just not fair. I have followed your postings from the time you bought the boat and marvelled at how well you were progressing. Enough of that: you'll be sailing my old hull, now your grand sailing machine, for years to come. My thoughts will be with you through this dark period for you that will find you well when all is said and done.

Peace, dude,

Dave from Cape Canaveral

maru said...

I have also been quietly reading and enjoying your blog for quite some time. I hope you kick that cancer's ass and recover well in no time. after all, the dream must go on. I want to read that final post when you are back to being healthy and this monster of a boating project is finally finished :)

capndeb said...

Here's hoping, and KNOWING that you WILL lick this thing! And the boat will be finished, and that you and your wife will have many sunsets aboard in beautiful harbors! Enjoy the gloaming!

The Incredible Hull said...

Hi All

And those who e-mailed. All you're wishes and comments are much appreciated. I am blessed with great friends and that includes the wider boating community. Just spent three days meeting Whitby owners transiting through Miami, always a great boost. Now I have Miami Strictly Sail starting tomorrow. Life is good.


Greg Wright said...

Hi Gerry
Very sorry to hear about your health issue. I also was wondering what was up. We are sailing with you and wish you the best with your recovery.
I like many others was scouring your blog and getting help from you directly as well. I look forward to working in parallel albeit a little behind you with FRACAS.
I look forward to your sage advice on moving Fracas south. Take care.

I have a favourite motivational quote, a hockey reference.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Greg - Fracas