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Old 08-18-2014, 03:23 PM   #1
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Default It's Been A While Since I've Given You All An Update

I wish I had better news, but my Wife and I went down to MDA last Thurs because I had not been feeling good at all and we needed to speak with them about starting Clinical Trials. A lot of you know my situation, but I'm sure some do not. Back in Jan of this year I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bladder Cancer. It is terminal, very rare and there are no known cures.

This past Spring I made it through what was apparently some very heavy duty chemotherapy with virtually no side effects! I have also been using a nutritionist who had me on a supplement plan and it has allowed me to keep working full time and to be completely healthy for a bucket list family vacation. But about 3 weeks ago it started to creep up on me.

When we got here on Thurs they ran some tests and right as we started talking to the Clinical Trial people, they told me to go straight to the ER because my Creatinine levels translated to my kidneys functioning at about 6%!! Basically I was in Renal Failure. They also found blood clots in both legs and my calves feel ridiculously tight, where it has become difficult to walk.

I have also been in extreme pain, so the MDA staff has been trying to figure this out since Thurs. The other thing that sucks is that my boys have been at the house for the last 5 days.

So to make a long story even longer...right in the middle of an MRI on Fri afternoon, my wonderful oncologist shut it all down and sat down with us and told us the news. She said there was no point in continuing with any more tests, the cancer had come back with a vengeance. It has already spread to my pelvic area, lungs, around my heart and now it was time to start lining up Hospice and just to get back to Austin and enjoy my family and the rest of my life.

Her quote words were that it has gone from a "months to years" prognosis, to a "Weeks to Months" scenario. I've made my peace with my wonderful God, already received Last Rights and it's been great having this private time with my incredible, amazing Wife. This is such a bizarre situation to be in; but we are actually very prepared for when it happens.

I want to also take this opportunity to again thank you for all of your unbelievable generosity, the amazing outpouring of love and support and all of your prayers. TBH has been such a HUGE part of my life and I cannot express how much you all and this website has mean to me and my family.

I'll be posting and donating lots of stuff to "Pass It On". I'm sure I will see many of you over the next few weeks and my door is open at the house!

God Bless all of you.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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You and your loved ones have been in our prayers. My God bless you!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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God Bless you and your family, JP. My heart aches for you all. If you need anything at all, let us know.

Prayers will continue, my friend!

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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Wow....this brings tears to my eyes sir. I am very sorry to hear this and my prayers go out to you and your family.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:27 PM   #6
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Don't know you, but God bless you.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:28 PM   #7
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Im so sorry to hear this.. It's hard to even comprehend what you might be feeling or experiencing. My heart hurts for you and your family.

I live in Austin and would be more than happy to lend a hand with any chores or help you need. Please feel free to call or message me

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:28 PM   #8
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So sorry it has come to this. I am glad you had the extra time of feeling good to spend with your family. I will pray for peace for you and your family as time draws near. God bless!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:29 PM   #9
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My heart aches for you and your family, but the peace you show is such a testament to your faith. May God bless y'all and hold you close. The Joslin family will continue to have y'all in our prayers.


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Old 08-18-2014, 03:30 PM   #10
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:30 PM   #11
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I am so sorry to hear this but you and your family are in my prayers.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:31 PM   #12
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J P my heart just sank reading this. You have been such a huge asset to TBH. God be with you and your family and enjoy every moment. My heart hurts now.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:32 PM   #13
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God Bless you and your family Sir.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:32 PM   #14
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:33 PM   #15
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Im so sorry to hear this.. It's hard to even comprehend what you might be feeling or experiencing. My heart hurts for you and your family.

I live in Austin and would be more than happy to lend a hand with any chores or help you need. Please feel free to call or message me

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:33 PM   #16
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Prayers sent for you and your family JP.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:33 PM   #17
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God bless you and your family.

You and your family will be in my prayers.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:33 PM   #18
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Oh man. I don't know you personally but have followed your journey. I too hate that it has come to this.

At least you are right with God and have been able to spend time with your wife and family.

God bless you and your family. We will be sending up some extra prayers for y'all today.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:34 PM   #19
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Man Brother it makes me sick at my stomach to hear this. May you and your Family be blessed indeed. I do not know you but I am willing to help in any way possible. It appears that you know God so you will be in Paradise with so many. Don't forget about us and we will not forget about you, we shall see you again one day. God Bless!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:35 PM   #20
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:35 PM   #21
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--have not met you nor spoken with you, but your words are an inspiration to me. May God continue to bless your family and may He welcome you with open arms.

Say hello to fellow TBH'ers that have already gone home.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:35 PM   #22
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God Bless You and Your Family and Friends.
Prayers will Continue and Please let us know if we can help you.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:36 PM   #23
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Prayers up for you and the family.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:36 PM   #24
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More prayers for you & yours brother. God bless
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:37 PM   #25
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My heart absolutely aches for you and your family, JP. I've no doubt you'll get the very most out of your time with them.

Prayers will continue from the Moser wigwam.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:38 PM   #26
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My prayers are with you. It hurts me to hear of your suffering.

My family knows about cancer all too well. I won't stop praying for you and family.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:39 PM   #27
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**** JP This hurts my heart to hear this Prayers sent to all. If there is anything I can do and I mean anything please brother lean on me. Let me help out in any way. F--k f--k f--k cancer! I am sick hearing this. I am just down the road JP let me take some of the burden off of you. God Bless you brother. Call me any time day or night 512 695 5834

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:39 PM   #28
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I do not know you but my heart hurts for you and your family. This is sad and also two fold for me, as my mother also has Stage 4 Bladder Cancer that has no known cure. I hope you and your family find the piece and comfort thru all of this. May God bless you all.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:40 PM   #29
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Continued prayers for you and your family!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:41 PM   #30
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I can only hope to handle things like this with confidence like you have
You are really one of a kind!

See you soon, my friend!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:41 PM   #31
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God bless you and your family JP.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:41 PM   #32
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Very sorry to hear this. Up.....
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:42 PM   #33
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I'm tearing up at work but don't care. Stay strong and with God's grace we'll meet one day in Paradise in the presence of our Lord. If there's hunting in heaven, we'll share a deer or duck blind for a morning hunt.

I'll share the last words my Dad said to when he was dying of colon cancer.

"Go with God".
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:42 PM   #34
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Sorry to hear. Prayers for you and your family.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:42 PM   #35
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JP I will always remember the smile on your face at Bownanza and the hug we shared in meeting each other due to your January posts you shared with us. Your inspiration to me will never ever be forgotten.... My prayers will continue and your feeling at peace with the Lord and this journey is a comfort only you and yours experience and it is very real. I have another friend in the hands of the Lord and Hospice at this very moment as well and she too is at peace and I see how that has blessed her in this journey.. You JP are such a gift to all of us who know you from TBH.. Love and hugs to you and your dear family.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:42 PM   #36
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:43 PM   #37
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you sir are the definition of a REAL MAN.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #38
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Continued prayers for you and yours. Cancer stinks.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #39
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Prayers sent to you and your family..
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #40
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:45 PM   #41
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Dang! Prayer sent.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:45 PM   #42
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I have been and continue to be in awe of your handling of this situation. Keep praying and spend as much time with your loved ones as possible. It is a raw deal for sure but you have handled it with the utmost class and dignity. Prayers heading for you and you and your family in this difficult time. God Bless.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #43
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Love and prayers for you and your family, brother.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #44
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God Bless You. Prayers sent.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:48 PM   #45
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We have not met but this causes pain in my heart and brings tears to my eyes. God bless you and your family. The peace and strength that you have type that much less live it is remarkable. I tip my hat, sir. Prayers and thoughts your way!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:49 PM   #46
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Continued prayers for you and your family, As Rod said, you are one of a kind Sir
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:50 PM   #47
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So very, very sorry to hear this news. I'm glad that you have peace with this regretful situation and hopefully every minute you have with the family will be a blessing. God Bless You and your family. Thanks for being a part of the TBH family for so many years.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:50 PM   #48
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God bless you and your family Jp.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:51 PM   #49
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This is so hard to hear and read, it seems that's going around in so many forms. I just lost a good friend to cancer and have a couple of good friends going through it now.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:52 PM   #50
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Oh Man, I have not meet you but you sound like a True Man of God. I could only hope to be as much of a man as you are in handling this. I am sure God is waiting with open arms for you. God Bless you sir.
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