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Old 10-18-2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Elephant John steps to the edge

Longtime green screeners know my older brother John’s story well.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in March of 2003, he has had more than his share of medical troubles.

Fiercely independent, he made the decision to not seek regular medical care after his initial round of chemotherapy and accompanying colostomy. Frankly, many of us expected a rapid demise.

Three and a half years down the road, John’s back in the hospital today in Harlingen. He lost 80% of his blood volume through internal bleeding and defied death with a hemoglobin level of just 3 (normal is around 14). So far he has taken on 5 units of blood, but his hemoglobin is not responding as expected. Unless we can correct the source of his blood loss, we may lose him. He’s undergoing a battery of upper and lower GI examinations as well as a CAT scan if they can get him stabilized. Hopefully there is some good news nestled in the pending reports but we are not optimistic. No one will write him off while there is still data pending but Mark told me today that he’s afraid that the strength that has kept him alive will extend his suffering. Let’s hope not.

We love you John.

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Old 10-18-2006, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:21 AM   #4
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That's tough news, Leg; John and your family are in my prayers. How is your nephew recovering from his bout with gasoline?
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:23 AM   #5
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:24 AM   #6
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:25 AM   #7
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:26 AM   #8
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:26 AM   #9
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Here are a few photos from the past few years.

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William is doing just fine. He's greatness.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:29 AM   #10
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It's tough to watch loved ones go through the pain associated with this.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:31 AM   #11
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:35 AM   #12
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My prayers sent to the family. I hope he can pull through.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:37 AM   #13
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Sorry to read this Steven, Prayers sent for your brother!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:38 AM   #14
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:39 AM   #15
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Prayers sent for the entire Dog Clan. Nothing will ever stop Johns free spirit.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:41 AM   #16
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:43 AM   #17
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:44 AM   #18
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John is not shy when it comes to expressing his feelings.

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Appreciate the prayers and well wishes. We believe.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:45 AM   #19
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Prayers sent to the Big Man for the Dog family!!! Godspeed Amigo
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:46 AM   #20
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Elephant John is one tuff dude, prayers sent!
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:46 AM   #21
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I've often wondered but rarely inquired. I'm sorry for that.

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Old 10-18-2006, 11:49 AM   #22
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My Sister's report from yesterday...

"I just got home from the hospital. Sally went with John to see an oncologist today (originally the appointment was for the 26th). John was very weak and in a great deal of pain. The doctor admitted him to the hospital. Sally's words - "he has no blood." For normal functioning your blood is supposed to have 14 something (hemoglobin I heard the doctor say later). John's level was at 3. He's been losing blood for a long time. The doctor said that to begin with your body can adjust but at about level 4 it begins shutting down. Several people have said to him today they don't know how he was able to even walk into the doctor's office on his own or how he's managed to still be alive. Tonight they are going to do a CAT scan, tomorrow an upper GI, and Wednesday a lower GI. They are going to start him on blood transfusions tonight also. They will try to determine where the bleeding is coming from and what it can be attributed to. Hopefully by Wednesday afternoon we'll hear the results of all the tests and then what the consequent actions might be. But he's really very sick. White as a sheet of paper."
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:53 AM   #23
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:59 AM   #24
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just saw this, Prayers for the whole family
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:03 PM   #25
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:03 PM   #26
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:07 PM   #27
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:07 PM   #28
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:11 PM   #29
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:12 PM   #30
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:13 PM   #31
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:13 PM   #32
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:14 PM   #33
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:16 PM   #34
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Prayers sent for him and all of his family. I can understand why he did what he did and I was able to take their poison well. God Bless him in his battle!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:19 PM   #35
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Prayers sent.
I feel your pain a little better than I would like to. My grandfather (who raised me) is undergoing surgery to remove his bladder (due to being eaten up with cancer) today at 1:00. The doctors said that due to his age and heart that there is a 1 in 5 chance he will not survive the surgery.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:20 PM   #36
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Realy sorry to hear this. Hope all gets well soon. The man upstairs is a dogs best friend!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:21 PM   #37
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Sorry to hear this. I will remember John and the entire Leggett family in my prayers.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:25 PM   #38
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:30 PM   #39
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He looks like one onery dude. I'll pray for him and my God's mercy have speed.

Are y'all doing a blood or platelet drive for him?
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:36 PM   #40
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:38 PM   #41
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Cancer sucks!

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Old 10-18-2006, 12:40 PM   #42
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:40 PM   #43
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I've always admired John for his rigid defiance and handling this situation strictly on his terms. Although I'm sure it's caused some pain to his family and close friends, I doubt those that know him would expect anything less. An amazing man for sure.

Many prayers for John as well as for all the Leggett's.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:44 PM   #44
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:45 PM   #45
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #46
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Keep us posted, prayers sent all the way from northwoods.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #47
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Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Leggett family.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:56 PM   #48
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as Casey said, I have often wondered but seldom inquired.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:59 PM   #49
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