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Profoundly Bad Luck, UPDATE Apr.10.08

naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in Social Entropy++
Hey, guys. I know that this isn't LiveJournal, or grouphug, or whatever, but the fact is that I consider a lot of you people to be good folks, and some of you friends, and I need a friend right now.

My childhood best friend, Chad, his wife Kim (whom I have also known since childhood), and their family are going through an almost impossibly difficult time.

Now, I have known Chad literally all my life. Our mothers were best friends in high school, and were pregnant with Chad and me at the same time...the friendship we shared was practically forged in utero. I don't have a whole lot of memories from my childhood that don't involve Chad and his family. He is the sort of guy who seemed to spring from the womb with a compassionate heart and a fully-developed sense of right and wrong. Despite the fact that he was bigger than me for most of our friendship (and I have always been a lippy smartass), the only time we ever fought was when I hit my sister in front of him. And he beat the snot out of me for that. Important lesson. He is the manifestation of all of the working-class sensibilities of our hometown, so we grew into profoundly different people, but we have always kept in touch.

Anyhow, a couple years back, practically on Christmas, Kim seized during the middle of the night. When she came around, she wasn't able to speak clearly, and they were afraid she'd suffered a stroke. As it turns out, it was even worse: a massive, 3" brain tumor, sitting almost on top of the speech center of her brain. A couple years and a lobectomy later, she was mostly better. Then, almost simultaneously, they discovered that the cancer had returned, this time spreading to her frontal lobes (therefore making it inoperable), and that she was also suffering from a totally unconnected breast cancer.

Then, Kim and Chad's daughter, Kaylee, was diagnosed with leukemia.

Her brother, Tyson, is not a match, and because Kaylee is half-Native American, half-Caucasian, they are virtually certain to fail in finding a suitable donor. On top of this, Kaylee's leukemia is exceedingly rare; it is only the 5th case of its kind seen in the US in the last 10 years. And even if they do somehow manage to find a perfectly compatible donor, the doctors say that she faces a less than 60% chance of recovery.

They are living out of their camper here in Seattle, splitting time between Kim and Kaylee's treatment facilities. Chad's coworkers have graciously pooled 12 weeks of their vacation time (as much as their employer will allow), and given it to him, so that he can spend as much time with his family as possible.

I'm not sure why I felt it necessary to mention all this, except to say that it is really tearing me up. My friend Erika just stopped by my office, and I spent fifteen minutes sobbing about Kim, Kaylee, Chad, and their family. I am not, but if you are a praying person, please feel free to do so.

I am sorry if this is meandering and nonsensical, but I am extremely torn up about this.

tl;dr Life shits on my old friend Chad's family.

KING5 news story about them (wouldn't run on Firefox for me...had to use IE).

UPDATE ABOUT KAYLEE, 10.27.07

UPDATE ABOUT KAYLEE, 04.10.08

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Phonehand wrote: »
    good thing i didn't read it
    sometimes you can be a fucking cunt

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hunter wrote: »
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.

    It cheats and misinterprets the rules too, like a malignant Bill Belichick.

    topical

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    do they perhaps worship satan


    or grandfather nurgle?
    Hahahahahahahaha.

    Thanks.

    This made me laugh.

    And guys, thank you all. I generally take a pretty dim view of people, and it's nice to see so many of you being so sympathetic.

    ^5 guys. Really.

  • SephSeph Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Cancer is a product of everything bad we consume

    free radicals exist naturally but things we use increase them and lead to cancer

    did you know they found out fabreeze and air fresheners are carcinogenic

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    naporeon wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    do they perhaps worship satan


    or grandfather nurgle?
    Hahahahahahahaha.

    Thanks.

    This made me laugh.

    And guys, thank you all. I generally take a pretty dim view of people, and it's nice to see so many of you being so sympathetic.

    ^5 guys. Really.

    How can we hate on you with that avatar?

    ^5

  • STATE OF THE ART ROBOTSTATE OF THE ART ROBOT Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm just offering my condolences. Don't make me feel like an ass :(

  • tsplittertsplitter Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Seph wrote: »
    Cancer is a product of everything bad we consume

    free radicals exist naturally but things we use increase them and lead to cancer

    did you know they found out fabreeze and air fresheners are carcinogenic

    oh shit

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  • ReTardisReTardis Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Man, Nap

    :(

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • SephSeph Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    also carbonation erodes your dna did you know that

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  • TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hunter wrote: »
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.

    It cheats and misinterprets the rules too, like a malignant Bill Belichick.

    It's such a fucking bitch dude.

    Hey look the only way you can treat me is slowly killin yourself! And I ALWAYS come back!

  • CampionCampion Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I do not pray, but was taught to cross fingers in the worst situations, so I'll be doing that.

    4484-7718-8470
  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Everything is carcinogenic.

    Dihydrogen Monoxide? Oh yeah.

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    good, laughing is about the only thing you can do to help at this point, unfortunately

    also, seph


    effectively everything ever is in some way carcinogenic

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
  • SephSeph Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    did you know food dyes are taken from ores and coal and such

    and some are carcinogenic

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Seph wrote: »
    Cancer is a product of everything bad we consume

    free radicals exist naturally but things we use increase them and lead to cancer

    did you know they found out fabreeze and air fresheners are carcinogenic

    Ever since I passed Organic chemistry, I'm deathly afraid of decaffeinated products and sugar substitutes because I know what's in them. Cancer scares me more the fat.

  • RageRage Registered User
    edited October 2007
  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Seph wrote: »
    Cancer is a product of everything bad we consume

    free radicals exist naturally but things we use increase them and lead to cancer

    did you know they found out fabreeze and air fresheners are carcinogenic
    what?

    oh god no. i love fabreeze. :(

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Seph wrote: »
    Cancer is a product of everything bad we consume

    free radicals exist naturally but things we use increase them and lead to cancer

    did you know they found out fabreeze and air fresheners are carcinogenic
    damn, I spray febreeze on just about everything I eat!

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  • B.C.B.C. Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Druhim wrote: »
    Phonehand wrote: »
    good thing i didn't read it
    sometimes you can be a fucking cunt

    Seriously Phonehand, what the fuck dude?

    Friend code for Pokemon fiends everywhere: Arch 0447-6824-1112
  • PhonehandPhonehand Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Druhim wrote: »
    Phonehand wrote: »
    good thing i didn't read it
    sometimes you can be a fucking cunt

    i don't understand what you mean

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  • ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hunter wrote: »
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.

    It cheats and misinterprets the rules too, like a malignant Bill Belichick.

    We need a vaccine called the Manning shot. It will beat cancer after it's third try.

    League of Legends: Lamby Cakes | XBox Live: Jon Butters
  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hunter's posts are carcinogenic.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • bhealeybhealey Registered User
    edited December 2012
    .

    bhealey on
  • SephSeph Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    i know this pip

    it is of the mindset that the more problems you solve the more exist
    the more advanced a society becomes the more problems it creates.

    It solves old ones and creates new ones

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Seph wrote: »
    also carbonation erodes your dna did you know that

    Ban everything.

    Also, that really sucks.

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  • STATE OF THE ART ROBOTSTATE OF THE ART ROBOT Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Butters wrote: »
    Hunter wrote: »
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.

    It cheats and misinterprets the rules too, like a malignant Bill Belichick.

    We need a vaccine called the Manning shot. It will beat cancer after it's third try.

    Yeah but then the cancer just trades for Randy Moss.

  • FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Druhim wrote: »
    Phonehand wrote: »
    good thing i didn't read it
    sometimes you can be a fucking cunt

    I thought that was Phonehands thing

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    oh man paula dean just made pork pudding

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
  • Captain CrunchCaptain Crunch Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Oh man :( I'm sorry to hear that.

    Both of my grandfathers, my dog died from cancer.

    Right now my uncle is fighting for his life.
    But my aunt did get better from her breast cancer, so keep hoping.

  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    oh man paula dean just made pork pudding
    pork causes cancer

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  • TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Butters wrote: »
    Hunter wrote: »
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.

    It cheats and misinterprets the rules too, like a malignant Bill Belichick.

    We need a vaccine called the Manning shot. It will beat cancer after it's third try.

    But then it mutates into pancriatic moss of the liver and just kills everyone.

    edit: beat so fuckin hard.

  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Balefuego wrote: »
    Hunter's posts are carcinogenic.

    If I can't compare Bill Belichick to cancer, then I don't want to play here any more. :P

  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Druhim wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    oh man paula dean just made pork pudding
    pork causes cancer
    paula dean causes pork

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    cancer causes cancer

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    oh man paula dean just made pork pudding

    That's a cancerin'

  • yourclothesyourclothes __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2007
    and cancer is only the second highest cause of death in the states! crazy!

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  • PhonehandPhonehand Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Wait a minute
    This is the place where I got crap for feeling bad about the VT shootings
    You guys can fuck off

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    "There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die. Who knows? If there is in fact, a heaven and a hell, all we know for sure is that hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix — a clean well lighted place full of sunshine and bromides and fast cars where almost everybody seems vaguely happy, except those who know in their hearts what is missing... And being driven slowly and quietly into the kind of terminal craziness that comes with finally understanding that the one thing you want is not there. Missing. Back-ordered. No tengo. Vaya con dios. Grow up! Small is better. Take what you can get..." - Hunter S. Thompson.

    That aside, man. That sucks so hard nap, so hard. It's just not fucking right. I hope they do something for the daughter. I don't pray but, I'll think positive thoughts.

    why are you quoting a segment about how modern life is suspiciously like hell?


    that's not very comforting at all

    ps. hugs nap. hugs everywhere

  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    oh man paula dean just made pork pudding

    Dude, I would date, marry, and fuck Paula Dean today just to have her cook for me the rest of my life.

  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Butters wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    man.... Hope life gets better for your friends family.

    I don't think you understand cancer

    It is unfortunate that I do.

    Very well.

    Yeah. Cancer always wins eventually.
    This is reminds me of my Grandpa.

    He was one of those tough-as-nails types of grandfathers, hardened by the Depression and molded by WWII into some transcendently stoic badass motherfucker...like lots of our granddads, I would guess. Fucker had a truckload of logs break free once, and all roll over him, crushing his legs and hips. He was in his 60's when this happened, and when he died almost two decades later, he was not only walking, but he had no appreciable limp.

    His attitude was always, "You can do anything you put your mind to, and beat anything you set your will against." And he always did.

    Except with cancer. Where the big C was concerned, his attitude was pretty much "Holy fuck...if you get cancer, you are fucking dead."

    And sure enough, when he got cancer, and they gave him 6 months to live, he pretty much resigned himself to dying. I don't mean that he gave up; he didn't. He was still a stoic badass...he just assumed that he was in fact dying.

    And as it turns out, he died almost 6 months to the day from when they told him how long he had.

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