Rob, I just saw this and it hit me like a Mike Tyson punch. The support you gave to both Bill and myself when we had the worse year of our lives meant tons to me (and I'm sure Bill). Now please let us repay you for that act of kindness. You're one special guy that always has a kind word and contagious smile no matter what's been happening. I know we're not neighbors, but i do consider you to be a friend none the less. I know you'll kick this with all the determination you apply to every day of your life. I'm looking forward to riding with you again soon bro. Get well so we can share some good times and bench racin' soon
You, Luann and the family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers Rob.
praying for you & your family, mate!
Prayers your way brother. I too am fighting stage 4 colon cancer as we speak but with prayers , faith and a positive attitude you will get through this as I am.
Prayers heading your way, as well. Hoping for a successful and speedy recovery.
I want to cry out “Why!!???” But, I know that it is not my place to question only to have faith and hit my knees in prayer. Please know that you are all being raised up in serious prayer.
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Brothers and Sisters,
A few days ago, I received probably the most heart-breaking news about one of our Slingshot family members. A member I consider more than just a dear friend. I'm talking about Rob the Slob. If you are fortunate enough to have ever met Rob, you would agree that he is truly a special person. I'm not talking "short bus" special!! I'm talking special in a very humble sense. Truly a good friend to have in your life.
Well. . . Rob is now in a fight for his life. He has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. It blinds me with anger to even say. I don't know why I'm so angry. I just keep asking myself...WHY!?!? How could something like this happen to someone so great? I know it is not right to question issues like this. But I'm just feeling selfish right now.
Rob is a very strong person. But even the strongest person could use a little prayer or two to help them over the hump. I kid you not, this is one hell of a hump. He's scheduled to start Chemo real soon. He is also looking forward to seeing everyone in Maggie Valley this year. He is truly a trooper.
Right now, Rob could use our collective help in prayer. Since Velma and I got the news, we haven't stopped praying. This has affected us in a very heart-felt way. If you've ever met Rob and his lovely wife Luann, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
If you have a special prayer in your heart, I ask that you send it out for Rob and Luann. Right now, they both need our support. Given the camaraderie and fellowship of the Slingshot community, I'm sure we all can give him the support he needs to get through this.
Rob, you and Luann are a special part of mine and Velma's life. I'm not ready to say goodbye. Not now. . .Not ever! Any and everything you need to give you strength, can be found in this Slingshot family. This is OUR fight. We are in it with you. We are in it to win it. We ARE with you. I love you, brother.
(Just trying to cut down on my profanity)
SEE ABOVE THEO says "KICK IT"S BUTT"
Rob the Slob, I remember when we met two years ago in Maggie Valley. We didn't really get to do much riding due to some rain, mods, and as I recall Luann had a stomach bug one of the days. We did share some good eats, including bear pancakes one morning! Last year we were at the same motel, and we got to have many conversations (some late into the night) including all the things you aren't supposed to talk about (politics, religion, you know...). I consider you to be one of my closest friends, and it is just tearing me up to know you are faced with this.
Know that you are in mine and Sharon's prayers, and we will continue praying for you and Luann. I'm not one to just say it, I believe in the power of prayer and I will be lifting you up daily! Brother if anyone can beat this, I believe you can!
I suck at the feely touchy side of humanity.
That's out there now.
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You have been handed a turd. All the polish and shine will never make it anything but a turd!
You may have or may not have received your prognosis to determine medical treatment.
I don't know what decisions you have made toward medical treatment...
I suspect surgery and chemotherapy will be top of the list.
Strength is key. Stay strong.
Diet, rest, and nausea control will be your weapons.
You have to be strong for treatment.
You are not the only one affected by this.
This will touch everyone in the family, friends, and those that have contact with you.
Become more tolerant with those around you. What is in our hearts do not always carry well into the words we utter.
There will be many changes, in home and out.
Make time for these or set a time to do so.
Be honest with each other.
Discuss new rules due to change of life.
Develope a "safe word" with the family.
Use that word to signify that this is not the appropiate place to discuss this, or I am not currently capable to deal with this.
There are many that have dealt with cancer in different forms. Some here on the forum. Don't be afraid to reach out to them or allow them to reach out to you. Their insight as well as yours could be beneficial to each.
You have been handed a part of life that none of us truly wish on any one. Acceptance will allow you to push on with the important things that need to yet be accomplished.
It's okay to cry and you will.
Try not to dwell on why me, why now.
When those moments come, focus on...
Thankfully me and not that loved one who is currently doing something outstanding, mediocre, or dealing with their own difficulties.
Stay strong! For yourself and your family.
You woke up to today, and now was all we were ever promised.
Be good to your family. Keep them first.
Let them know that this is not about you, but there will be times that they will have to give up some moments in their lives to help you forward in yours.
I am feeling the pain of your life and wish you godspeed.