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This is Rick's wife... I just wanted you all to know that he truly enjoyed being part of LumberJock's and it is sad that he wasn't a member longer. Rick had been going to doctors, P.A.'s, tests, etc for nearly a year. He passed his physical in late May. In August, he found out he had esophagus cancer and that it was at stage 4. (I didn't even know that there wasn't a stage 5 at the time.) The cancer had spread to his lower back, lumbar, and left hip, which in turn spread to his spinal fluid which traveled up his spine to his brain. He also had some cancer in his lungs (a smoker for 30 yrs) and some in his liver. Shocking? Very! In Mid-Sept. we learned that there was no sign of cancer in his liver! We were thrilled! He was to go have surgery to implant a shunt in his brain the next week, but with the doctor's scheduling, it was put off till the next week. He was to have a good week ... we quickly took family portraits on Sunday, Sept. 20th. On Frid. the 25th, 2 of our daughters came back over for more picture taking with their Dad. We had a great time and a quick lunch -- plus, 2 friends stopped by for a quick visit ... that night his headaches started- Bad. We were in and out of the Emergency room at the hospital and they kept sending him home. You cannot imagine the horrible headaches he had the last week of his life. He was in a coma that Thursday night and passed away Friday night, Oct. 2, 2010. It saddens me to write this, of course, but if something does not seem right, a lump, bump, headache, pain etc AND you cannot find the answer, please CHANGE doctors! And find another doctor who will listen and find out the answers for you. And men, please, go to the doctors and be sure to tell them everything.
We lost Rick way too early.
Donna and daughters
I'm 50, married, and have 3 daughters and one GRAND PRINCESS. I install and maintane bulk co2 systems and nitrogen generaters for Restraunts, bars, Breweries and swimming pools.
I enjoy hunting, fishing and Archery. I shoot traditional equipment(recurve and longbows) I still use wood arrows and make most of my archery equipment. I also brew my own beer. I guess I just enjoy making "stuff"
Rick a.k.a. Bowyer
-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving