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Old 10-29-2019, 06:23 AM
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Praying for Suzanne and you! Have a GREAT time!
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:57 AM
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Take care of yourself so you can take care of those you love. I'll be contacting you for advice and parts when you return.

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Old 10-29-2019, 10:33 AM
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Default Best wishes

It's great to see this unique and diverse community pulling together to support you and your wife.

Best wishes for her continued good progress and a ongoing remission.
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:03 PM
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Default Update

For all of our friends, clients, and members. I just wanted to give you a brief, non RV related update on Suzannes condition. As several of you know we took some time off to celebrate her life and allow her to see Hawaii, one last time. WE had a great time, seeing the Na'Pali coastline from the air--Thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Little did we know that it was probably the last really beautiful place she'd visit on earth.
We knew that her cancer was beginning to overcome the treatment, but really were stunned to see the blood tests and the CT scans. The amount that this spread in 6 weeks is unbelievable. So with it zapping her strength, the chemo dropping her HG levels, and the CT revealing new and fast spreading areas of damage in her ribs again, Suzanne made the decision to stop the chemo. Seems the treatment was probably going to be worse than the disease.
She went on Hospice this morning--although we all know that its a formality and not indicating anything is immenent. She's comfortable, or as comfortable as I can make her. One day at a time-----her vitals are about the same as they have been for the past 6 months. Good sign in my book.

So what does that have to do with the VAF and Experimental community? Well, of course she comes first, BUT there is the wonderful invention of a laptop and something called the internet that allows me to continue to work--mostly-- and take care of her. I'll still get to do tech support, and as I can some prototype stuff. So, even though I may not get to the shop for extended periods like I do, I can continue to service you. Steve and I actually considered this (and other possibilities) when did our merger 3 years ago. So orders get processed dispite a family emergency. So for most of you, you wont notice much of a difference.

I just felt is was necessary to let you know the situation, and to let you know that things will carry on. I'm not going anywhere.

Thanks to all for your support, thoughts, and prayer in this really trying time.

Tom and Suzanne.
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:15 PM
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Tom, I am so sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, it's an all too familiar pattern. Both of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel through this cold and dark period. I know I am but one of thousands thinking of the two of you. I'm glad you got to go back to Hawaii before it came to this. Hang on buddy!
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:29 PM
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Default Tom, both you and Suzanne are in our prayers.

There are many things I'm thankful for in this world, and right up there at the top is that I get to interact with people like you and Suzanne. You are both in our prayers.

Friends always,
Doug, Susie, Audrey and Tate
Doug Reeves (your host)
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:44 PM
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Sorry to hear this news. I was also unaware of your situation. Thank you for everything you do for the builder community. Will be praying for you and your wife.

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Old 11-26-2019, 06:53 PM
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Default Prayers

Prayers for you and Suzanne.
Larry Larson
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:26 PM
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Sorry to hear this Tom, but happy to hear Suzanne and you are spending time the right way.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:39 PM
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Sorry to hear, this, Tom. Cancer took my wife of 34 years, and fortunately I got to spend time with her as you are with Suzanne.

My heart is with you and your family...
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