Just an update on life and WitpAE.
I had a chance to talk with Erik recently and wish we had done so years ago. We discussed the game briefly, but didn't go into any great detail about our matchup. It was nice to discuss a few things including what I had intended to have done, had we continued our game. We also talked a little about models. I have a number of kits I'm hoping he'll take off my hands . I think we talked for roughly 30-45 minutes in total. We hope to have a chance to have another conversation soon. I enjoyed our conversation and it only reinforced how I feel about Erik.
I understand Dan's none to happy with my ship naming, so it gave me a chance to explain to Erik my theme of action heros and the inspiration for CV Death From Above . Sorry Dan, I take no responsibility for Emperor Norton though, that was pure Torsten. I had fun with the naming so Dan will just have to deal.
Erik suggested I post some more personal information and I've been hesitant to do so. In the end I decided to as I've talked with a number of people on the forum for years, had a chance to meet one in person and consider the community one of the best there is online. I consider some people here my friends. Well enough pre-amble...here goes nothing...
Some of you know from previous posts in my AAR how stressful things have been for me personally, it turns out I've another problem to deal with. Long story short, I've been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and the prognosis is not good. I'm only 49, but the tumour is in the worst possible location and that currently makes me inoperable. I've undergone one biopsy so far to determine the pathology and treatment options, but sadly the first results indicate they did not get good samples and I will have to repeat the biopsy. I'm still waiting for news on when the second biopsy will happen. My treatment options totally depend on the pathology. The current hope is that once I begin treatment, chemo or radiation will reduce the tumour and allow surgery to be undertaken. If I don't respond to treatment and surgery is not an option, the news is dire. I will have no idea on the amount of time I have left, if that is the case. Needless to say I'm scared and being realistic I need to get my affairs in order. I hope that those of you I have talked with/met, played against and consider friends will reach out and say hello. It would be nice to talk again. I value your friendship, support and a chance for distraction from the life changing event I'm going through. Feel free to PM and we can discuss catching up somehow.
I feel awkward writing this, but then again what do I have to lose by reaching out .
It's ok to be scared. Just don't be TOO scared. I went through non-hodgkins 2 decades ago. Through the grace of God, and with blind luck and some really good friends (I married one of them ) I'm still here. There have been HUGE advancements in treatments in the last decade. It is not just a platitude to say positive mental attitude is a large part of the fight. Stay strong, stay determined, stay brave, and kick that sucker. Let me know if I can help, your only 20 hours away
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!