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  Anthony Fairlie
Anthony Fairlie
Meeting God in the hospital.

Let me recap my stay in the hospital on Friday night we went to the emergency room because I had not had a bowel movement since Tuesday, and I was in distress to say the least.  They put an NG tube in me, that is the tube that runs up my nose down my throat and in to my stomach.  Even though is was very uncomfortable, it began to relieve some pressure so I was thankful to God for that.  So for the next three days I sat with the tube in, unable to eat or drink anything, I was able to mouth and whisper words but that was it.  I had a lot of family and friends come to visit an

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  Anthony Fairlie
No suprise to the Father

The surgery that was plan on Wednesday at 5 got moved to 2 which was a blessing. We all went down to the surgery room Elizabeth and Kids said I love you and see when you get out. The  family members from both sides said there good byes as I was wheeled out of my room.  So I went into surgery they prepped me and then the next thing I remember was waking up. The surgeon said, "we were able to put in the stint.'' Fortunately everything stared to work my bowels started to move and the pressure was relieved.  The stint will not hold forever sooner or later it will fail so I will have

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  Anthony Fairlie
Unexpected Turn.

Hello, This is Esther Dad's youngest daughter.

A week ago things took an unexpected turn, dad was having some pain and things didn't seem quite right, on Friday morning dad got his pump off and they gave him fluids and eventually sent him home. Later that evening we went to the ER we have been at the hospital ever since. Dad has a blockage right where the tumor is, (The large intestine) this blockage is caused by the tumor dying leaving scar tissue. Eventually the permanent solution will be a colostomy. However because chemo was just last week there is medicine in his body that makes him not h

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  Anthony Fairlie
Merry Christmas

Hello everyone I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. And now with Christmas on the horizon I hope you are able to enjoy the holidays. I know I am going to make a conscious effort to focus on the important things and try and not get bogged down with the stress that often comes at this time of the year. Let me update you on where we are with the cancer. I had a second CAT scan before my last treatment the results were pretty good. None of my tumors grew and a couple shrunk a little. Which was very good. My Dr. was really encouraged, she reminded us that she cannot "cure" my cancer, she can o

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  Anthony Fairlie
Hello again.

Yeah its been awhile. it is time to bring everybody up to date. October was a pretty good month. back on the 20th. We, Elizabeth Isaac and I went to the Iowa vs Maryland game, It was a lot of fun. It was a cold and windy, but a sunny day. Where we were was mostly blocked from the wind and we were in the sun the whole time so we stayed pretty warm. Plus Iowa won so a good day all around. Then Elizabeth and I along with Hannah flew down to Phoenix to visit Esther for the weekend. We flew down Thursday night and came back Monday evening. We were able to see her campus and where her classes

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I'm back.

Well, I could give you all an excuse why it has been so long since I blogged last. The truth is things came up and I just didn't feel like writing anything. Here is a recap of some of the things we have done. Elizabeth and I celebrated 25 years together on July 31st. Then the weekend after that we the family minus Caleb and Kylellen,( They couldn't get away) Plus my sister LuRie. Went to the Omaha zoo, for 2 days. It was a great time to get away and enjoy the animals and hanging with the kids. I should also mentioned they were the 2 hottest days we could have asked for , but we did ok wit

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The Benifit of family and friends.

I have to apologize. I had started this post about a week ago but my computer wiped it out when I hit the save button. So we got that situation and got it corrected. Back on July 14th family and friends came together for a benefit for me and my family. I was truly overwhelming to see so many people come together on my behalf. There were old friends, new, my family, and their friends, and there was Elizabeth's family, cousins, cousins of cousins, friends of friends. I wish there was away I could thank everyone personally, for being there. There are so many who did so much. the committee they wo

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Good news to pass along

I want to update you on the treatments. The last treatment was my fourth, The Doctor wanted to see if there was any change in the tumors. When they first discovered my cancer they did a marker of the tumors. She, the Dr. wanted to check it again. It is a blood test of some kind. Any way the marker was 14.9 they want it less than a 1. The test they ran before my last chemo was 3.6. Obviously a big drop so we are praising God for that. Thanks to all of you praying for me. God bless.

  Anthony Fairlie
Gone fish'n

I had a great opportunity the week before last to spent some time with my sons Caleb and Isaac, along with my father-in-law and my brother-in-law. When Ken, my brother-in-law, first found out I had cancer, he asked me if there was anything on my bucket list I would like to do. I said yes, I would like to take Isaac fishing. Isaac likes to fish but I haven't taken him much. He said great, maybe do some cat fishing on the Cedar river. Then a couple of weeks later he called and said there might be a chance we could go up to Minnesota to a cabin on a lake. Ken has neighbor whose mom has a cabin

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The Giver of all good things.

Well I started the 3rd round of chemo today ( Yeah,) but seriously it is going pretty good so far I'm not too tired, some side affects starting up but nothing severe hoping it stays that way.

(put this down for few days)

The Lord has brought to the fore front of my mind how blessed I am to have Elizabeth as a wife. She has, and continues, to extend herself in so many ways. It is not surprising really so many times in the past she has extended herself to so many people, a lot of people have eaten her lasagna or chicken and rice dinner through the years. There has been many times she has w

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  Anthony Fairlie
Staying focused.

I know it has been awhile and I said I would write more frequently. I actually had a column done and was editing it when it disappeared and I couldn't find it, that was on Saturday. So between the frustration and my work schedule, I put this on the back burner.

Well I have a week to go before round 3 of chemo. The good and bad is my hands have a little tingly feeling in them and they are very sensitive to cold things. It is also hard to drink cold drinks, both are side affects of the chemo. Fortunately that has faded and I can drink cold drinks again. So far that fades away a few days a

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