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Old 11-18-2011, 11:28 AM
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Default Taking it on the chin.

A few weeks ago I was feeling pretty unwell but still struggling into work. I thought I was coming down with a bad dose of flu untill the guys at work literally forced me to go to the doctors. Anyway a week later I was in hospital for a stay of two or three days that eventually lasted for nine days, doing a fair impression of a pin cushion. Turns out I have cancer that is in a pretty advanced state and I had my first chemo last Wedneday. I am not going to go into any more details on this. I have my RV-4 wings sitting at Vans ready for shipment and do you know what, I am going to take shipment and not cancel. I am going to use the incentive of building these wings to try and beat this thing.

I am being positive about this and I am not afraid of the future. Family have been marvelous. Work friends and colleagues have also rallyed to my side. It is wonderfull the pick me up you get when you get a visitor if your in hospital.
I am going to use the incentive and the positive influence that building gives you to get as far on with this project as I can.

The major downside I have found is that after your gone life goes on and loved ones are left behind. Telling a close family member the news is so far the worst thing I have experienced in my life. My son and daughter are here in Switzerland with me this weekend and it is great. There will be tears on Sunday when they have to leave to go back to England.
Anthony Johnston
Brit working in Zurich, Switzerland.
1500 hour pilot and ex instructor and examiner.
RV-4 s/n 4572 Emp Kit.
RV-3B s/n 11460 Emp Kit. (In storage).
Anthony's RV-4
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:34 AM
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Default WoW

Anthony, -------- what to say??

Will be praying for you.

I like your attitude, I like it a lot.

Take care..................
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:43 AM
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Default Keep the good attitude..

In November 2007 my wife was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic melanoma, and given less than a year.

She said BS!! She has had seven surgeries and has been on chemo the last year fighting the beast. Prayers, friends and a positive attitude have sustained her.

Keep up the fight, my wife and I and the rest of the VAF family are behind you all the way!!
Chris Smith
Maule M5-180C (Sold)
RV-6 O-360 CS (Sold)
RV-4 O-360 FP (Sold)
Full-time in the other type of RV....
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:48 AM
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I'm pulling for you also. It ain't over until its over.
Actual repeat offender.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:56 AM
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Wish you the absolute best. Stay positive the mind can be a very powerful tool, sometime more powerful than any science.
Jeff Scott
RV9A First Flight 9/30/19
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:58 AM
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Default Mike

I'm like Mike.....what is there to say?

Carrots, sweet potatos and any other form of beta carrotene......lots of it too.

Keep your positive attitude. You never know what the Almighty has in store for you. I'll be praying for you.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default Courageous

I applaud your courage and tenacity to keep building and not give up on life due to the 'C' word. Fight hard!
Brent Owens
EAA Chapter 9 Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Columbus, OH
RV-8 'Contrary Mary' flying
N784DE S/N #82614
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:26 PM
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"NUTS." --General Anthony C. McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division, United States Army, at Bastogne, Belgium, December, 1944.

Anthony, you share not only Gen. McAuliffe's first name, but every bit of his fighting spirit. Never surrender!

Here at VAF, we are: Right. There. With. You.

I have been bolstered by this community through a life-changing trial of my own, and I adopted its best advice: BUILD ON!

Thank you for your inspiritation. What can we do for you?


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Old 11-18-2011, 12:38 PM
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Default Our cancer fight

Wife Deb's multiple Myeloma battle

blog at

Start at the beginning
Vern Darley
Awarded FAA "The Wright Brothers 'Master Pilot' Award"- for 50 years safe flying

RV-6A N680V / RV-10QB N353RV
Luscombe 8E N2423K 50+years
Hatz Biplane N2423Z soon to be birthed
Falcon RV Squadron Founder
KFFC Hanger D-30
Peachtree City, Ga
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:02 PM
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Default thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing your fight.
Nothing like hearing the "C" word to put life in perspective.
It always amazes me how important my family / friends becomes as I get older. Sounds like it is the same for you as well. Your positive outlook will go far to help fight the fight. I will be praying for your recovery!
Bob Martin
RV-6, 0-360 Hartzell C/S, Tip up, 1200+TT
James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
D100-KMD150-660-TT ADI2- AS air/oil seperator. Vetterman exhaust with turndown tips.
Louisa, Virginia KLKU N94TB
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