Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I got notice last week that one of my friends had a growth in his esophagus that was making it hard for him to swallow. They scoped it and it looked pretty bad so they sent him for further testing. The tests were to be taken Thursday and he told me he'd get back to me as soon as he knew anything. I called him Friday and left a message and called him again tonite. I talked to his wife and asked her how things went - she said she couldn't talk about it and gave the phone to my friend. He told me he had me down to return a call but he just hadn't been able to get himself up enough to call me.

He told me they had diagnosed the growths as cancer and that they had mastatized into his lungs, liver, kidneys and stomach. He said the doctors gave him 12 to 18 months to live. He said he is going to live long enough to see his son graduate from medical school four years from now. My money is on him making it the four years - my hopes and prayers are that he makes it through this nightmare with the radiation and chemo therapy. He said that even with the therapy and radiation treatments they didn't give him much chance of lengthening his life.

He told me that with this diagnosis he is planning to just keep working until he dies. He also told me he always thought he would go out with a heart attack. We worked together on the same district in Montana early in our careers. He also grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where Inklings mostly grew up. So we have a lot of things we can just visit about. This is a great guy and he's been a pretty important part of my life for the past 12 years since we lived close and I took the job he left when he went to be assistant director for the Olympics in 1997. I worked for him as part of the incident management team for the Downhill races at the Olympics. He worked for me on many, many fires after that when he finally started doing fires again.



Native Minnow said...

That is bad news. I'm sorry you had to hear it.

PsychDoctor said...

sad...cancer is a scary disease...

Nene said...

I'm really sorry about your friend, but I hope he goes before he has to suffer much. There are some things worse than death and like Dumbledore said, death is just the next greatest adventure.