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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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645 days ago

Just thought that I’d let everyone know why I haven’t been on LJ much lately. For the past several months, I have constantly felt tired, run down & weak. A couple of months ago, I started to experience nausea and found it difficult to eat anything; I’ve no lost nearly 70 pounds in the past six months! Good thing that I was a rather large man to begin with.

So, after a lot of tests, I found out that I have cancer of my left kidney and the surrounding lymph nodes. Thankfully, my right kidney appears to be ok. I saw the surgeon/kidney specialist this past Friday and I am scheduled for surgery on 10-22. I’m certainly not looking forward to the surgery but if it can help get me back to where I can lead a relatively normal life and do some woodworking again, I’ll be very thankful. I miss a lot of things that I can no longer do, but especially my woodworking. Hopefully I’ll be back making sawdust in a couple/three months.

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#1 posted 645 days ago

prayers are with you jim

like they say

getting old
ain’t for sissy’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 645 days ago

“getting old
ain’t for sissy’s” true , David !
Jim , Best wishes on a speedy and full recovery !! Looking forward to your first project after you get some rest : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 645 days ago

Best wishes to you and your family. I had open heart surgery last December, it was scary stuff going in, but I learned that modern medicine is pretty miraculous. Go into it with a positive attitude, understand that the doctors and nurses are looking out for your best interest and let them do their thing. I wish you the best and hope you are making saw dust soon.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 645 days ago

Gods speed and best wishes to you and yours.

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#5 posted 645 days ago

hoping for the best for you and your family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 645 days ago

sorry to hear of your cancer jim, my mom just found out she has it also, its a hard thing to deal with, i hope your surgery goes well and that you heal quickly, take care and we all hope to see you making saw dust as soon as possible…prayers are in your behalf…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 645 days ago


Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We’ll keep you in our prayers.

-- John @

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jim C

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#8 posted 645 days ago

Been through a heart attack, back surgery (twice) and still here and going great.
You’ll be fine and kickin for many years. Keep the faith, Bro.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#9 posted 645 days ago

Jim C is right… you can’t kill bad grass. :-)

We’ll all be expecting to see some projects rolling out of your shop when you get back on your feet.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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jim C

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#10 posted 645 days ago

I’m a weed that just keeps coming back! HA!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#11 posted 645 days ago

Jim, Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m a cancer surviver (so far) and you look tougher than me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 645 days ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you Jim

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 644 days ago

Hang tough sailor! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Like the man said, half of getting through the storm is 50% mental! Fair winds and following seas!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#14 posted 644 days ago

Good luck, Jim.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 644 days ago

Keep the faith. Positive out look is 3/4 the battle.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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