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4th of July, 1983 (or '82?)

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Larry Frogge, Phoenix, Arizona

July 3rd afternoon/evening

Happy 4th

why I oughta...

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Larry, still in Arizona

He had an uncomfortable lump in his left armpit, pressing against a nerve, now I don't remember when...last summer? Fall? Later? And eventually had it removed. Malignant. Stage 4? Time passes, courses of action discussed, and another grows in its place. No surgery, as he would in all likelihood lose the use of his left arm. Our monthly/bimonthly phone conversations increase to almost daily as he prepares for, and begins, radiation treatments. Aggressively. Too much. Knocks him on his ass. His housemate says she can't get him to eat or leave the bed, refuses to continue the treatments, can I help? He gets them to back off on intensity, and he continues, with better results, though still weak. Last week they start a drip of a newer and successful drug, not chemo, and continue radiation.

Roomie answers the phone for him last night, passes it to him. He's exhausted, weak, taking two oxys for pain instead of the usual one. He never takes stuff. I say please don't give up, keep striving for eventually feeling better. He just wants to get back to his old self, but figures he's most likely done. He'll keep going for treatments, keep trying to eat, just keep living for as long as he can.

Me? Just fucking distraught as all hell. What are ya gonna do.

on 2017-07-04 03:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] annie_r
I am so sorry he's in so much pain. Cancer treatment is pretty terrible.

on 2017-07-04 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ljravengirl
UGH I LOVE YOU. And I love the pics!!

I'm so sorry about Larry. I understand being distraught, which is the perfect word when we KNOW there is simply nothing to be done. It is what it is-- in all the good and bad ways that Life takes us. Larry will be in my thoughts, along with you, seated in the usual place at the front of the stadium of my mind.

on 2017-07-05 11:57 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cmcmck
So sorry to hear this.

Good thoughts and prayers available if required.

on 2017-07-05 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] elainegrey
Holding you and Larry in the Light.

I hope for a way through your distress and his pain.

on 2017-07-06 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] asakiyume
It really, really stinks. F cancer, as they say.

This life, being alive, it's such a gift. I hope he's able to eat, able to make it through the treatments. Thinking of you.


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