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  1. Brewingbiker commented on Mom's Cancer about 1 month ago

    I have enjoyed reading your story Brian, and the comments from others. Your story brought back many memories of my own mothers’ bout with cancer. She died only a few weeks before my graduation from nursing school (I went back to college rather late in life). All of us boys and my father and some of her friends were at their home when she passed. I think I had the last words with her, actually, and told my father that he should go to her room -within 10 mins she was gone. She got to play with her first granddaughter but didn’t live to see the second one born (who was named after her. My brother told her that she would be).
    I do hope we see more from you in the future. You have a great talent for telling a story. Thank you for sharing this one with us.

  2. Brewingbiker commented on Mom's Cancer 2 months ago

    I’m glad to have read your journey. It allowed me to relive some of my own memories of my mother and her journey with cancer (she was in remission for years, then it came back as poorly differentiated (indistinguishable from ‘normal’ cells -she had ovarian ca, and the return showed a biopsy of ‘ovarian tissue’ (of which wasn’t possible, since she had had all of that removed long ago) -long and short of it was there was no practical way to target the bad cells, which metastasized with the predictable end result. She too was a fighter, tough spirit. And her “little angel” was a Chocolate Lab named Lady.
    I was a bit concerned about reading this strip due to what it was dealing with (didn’t really want to rehash that set of memories) but I’m very glad I did. Thank you very much for sharing the story.

  3. Brewingbiker commented on Mom's Cancer 3 months ago

    I’d certainly like to add though that Brians’ story touched my heart in many ways (as I’m sure it did many others on here). It made me think about my mother and grandfather quite a bit since this story began (on these comic pages) -I hadn’t thought of either of them very much over the last number of years. A week ago I sat with one of my brothers and we reminisced over mom, and many of the good times, and her final months as well.
    Brian, your story. Well, I can’t really put more of this into words. I’m not ordinarily an emotional man.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Brewingbiker commented on Mom's Cancer 3 months ago

    The reality of cancer treatment is that it IS toxic. Its toxic to both the cancerous cells as well as to the healthy ones. Of course, the point is to try to balance to the point that the healthy ones manage to outlive the unhealthy (cancerous) ones. Sometimes (sadly) the body just can’t recover -or the long-term effects just turn out to be too much. I can only hope, then, that she did manage to have more (good) time with her family than she would have had without the treatment.
    My own personal (family) experience with cancer is the prime reason why I do not work in oncology, but prefer other fields of hospital nursing. It just hits too close to home.

  5. Brewingbiker commented on Tank McNamara 3 months ago

    “I would never do what I did” -it all depends on what the definition of “IS” is.

  6. Brewingbiker commented on Tank McNamara 3 months ago

    It needs a bit more spin.

  7. Brewingbiker commented on B.C. 3 months ago

    And she is a bit over-dressed for the study! :).

  8. Brewingbiker commented on Mom's Cancer 3 months ago

    Alone? No. And if this is the end of the story -I’m both happy and sad about it. Happy your mother is beating the odds and recovering. Sad that we won’t be seeing more of your story. I hope she continues to be healthy -and will continue to be in my prayers.

  9. Brewingbiker commented on Luann 3 months ago

    Its a twin brother. Long lost, separated at birth.

  10. Brewingbiker commented on B.C. 3 months ago

    The shell is an integral part of its’ body. You CAN’T pull a turtle out of its’ shell. A snail on the other hand, yes, it would die if you took it out of its’ shell (and yes, it can be done).