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Title: Bad news
Post by: GrannyGeek on October 05, 2011, 09:56:38 am
To my dear VectorLinux cyberfriends--

I've been diagnosed with Stage IV gallbladder cancer. It is not curable but sometimes chemotherapy has a good result. I have my first round of chemo on Wednesday the 12th and am very hopeful things will get better. I feel pretty well. They say they can now do a good job of controling chemo side effects.

I don't know how much energy I'll have for testing VL but hope to keep at it. I am handling this diagnosis realistically but my poor husband is extremely distressed. I'd be just as distressed if he were the patient and I were the one with the prospect of being left alone. I think he's getting a bit more adjusted as time goes on.

I had no symptoms at all so this cancer is a big shock. Surgery would do no good. Gall bladder cancer is rare and really, anything they do is "experimental" and there aren't many clinical trials going on. I'm quite hopeful for a good outcome with life extension and maybe by the time the cancer returns they'll have better treatments.

I just wanted to let you know why I may not participate as much as in the past.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: |nic| on October 05, 2011, 10:15:02 am
I hope u will get better !

all the best

nicdm
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: M0E-lnx on October 05, 2011, 10:19:20 am
We appreciate everything you've done.  We wish you the best. Keep us posted please.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Lyn on October 05, 2011, 10:59:14 am
*Hugs*  here is hoping that the chemo does some good.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: nightflier on October 05, 2011, 11:22:27 am
Best of wishes. Keep us informed.
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Post by: uelsk8s on October 05, 2011, 03:30:47 pm
I wish you the best in this trial. I hope everything goes well for you.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: stretchedthin on October 05, 2011, 03:53:22 pm
Granny, fight the good fight. You are right to call us your cyber friends, and we will all be praying for you.
Ken
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: rbistolfi on October 05, 2011, 03:54:43 pm
Best wishes for you and your family, Granny.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Colonel Panic on October 05, 2011, 04:17:22 pm

Sorry to hear of your news, but hope the treatment works for you.

CP .
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: newt on October 05, 2011, 05:00:06 pm
Darn GG, that's no good. I hope some good luck (and doctors) end up on your side and can make for some good years to come. I wish you the best on your trek. Keep your head high and "enjoy the moment" even more than you probably already do. Be safe girl!!
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: hata_ph on October 05, 2011, 06:37:11 pm
May you get well soon  :-[
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: vector on October 05, 2011, 07:01:34 pm
Hey Granny,
As one of our longest supporters been with Vector since almost day one I really feel you are family and want to take this opportunity to give a big thank you!!! for all you have contributed over these many years. You have been there every release giving very important feedback and constructive criticism that believe me has helped Vector to be the great distro it is today. I know this is a scary time for you and your loved ones so hang in there, fight the good fight with your head held high and you will beat this thing. Best of luck to you and my prayers are with you!!

Cheers,
Vec
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Masta on October 05, 2011, 09:32:07 pm
Well, I certainly am not happy to hear this news.  :(  Seems like it's always the good people.  You've been a great help to many here in the VL community, especially the dev' team. I always look forward to your input from testing. I viewed you sort of like that "Hanes Inspection Lady", if you've seen that commercial, "they don't say Hanes until I say they say Hanes", only in this case it isn't Hanes , but VL. I believe your future will reflect your past, and you will have a great future ahead of you. Thank you so much for your contributions.

P.S.
       Please send me a T-shirt!!  (just a joke to to cheer you on  ;D )
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Joe1962 on October 06, 2011, 05:44:48 am
Granny, I think I can safely say that everyone here @ VL is rooting for you. Here's wishing you the best of luck!

 :o :( :o :( :o :(
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: scififry on October 06, 2011, 06:07:33 am
Reading this news makes me really sad  :'(

All my best wishes to you Granny and get well soon!!!
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: MikeCindi on October 06, 2011, 12:19:20 pm
GG I will be praying for you (wellness), your husband (peace of mind), and the medical team that will be working with you.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: nitehawk on October 06, 2011, 02:51:44 pm
Goodness, GrannyGeek,
That news just had to have been a real shock for you to hear.  I'm so sorry to hear that.  Will be sending good and positive thoughts (prayers,..or what-ever-you-want-to call them) your way. 
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: budulay on October 07, 2011, 08:11:21 pm
This is really sad to hear, I wish you to get better  :)
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Andy Price on October 08, 2011, 03:21:34 am
Just got back to the forum after a couple of months away and read your news. I'll be rooting for you with the rest of the gang. I hope that with your positive attitude and a touch of luck you can can lick this thing.
Andy
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: sledgehammer on October 08, 2011, 03:14:40 pm
Granny,

joe1962 says what, in some fashion or another, we are all thinking:

Quote
Granny, I think I can safely say that everyone here @ VL is rooting for you. Here's wishing you the best of luck!

Many of us may well go before you do, and we all know that our time here is brief.  Still, its gotta be a downer to know the how of it ahead of time.  You take care and keep up hope.  With all that's going on in medicine, no one can know for sure what lies ahead.

John
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: GrannyGeek on October 11, 2011, 12:35:23 pm
Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your positive thoughts and best wishes. It helps very much to know I have a lot of support among my cyber friends. Tomorrow (Oct. 12) I have my first chemo treatments. I'm eager to see how they go and what side effects I may experience. I'm hoping I'll have enough energy to test VL7 RC 3.4.

I'll keep you posted.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: tomh38 on October 12, 2011, 11:32:36 pm
GG,

I'm sorry I didn't say anything sooner!  I haven't checked the forums recently, and by now you've already had your first chemo treatment.  I hope it went as well as possible.  I can see that lots of VL people are pulling for you, and you can count me in.  You have my prayers also.

Tom
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: retired1af on October 18, 2011, 05:43:48 am
GG, will be keeping you in my thoughts as you fight this. Hang in there.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: gamfa on October 19, 2011, 12:36:36 pm
I will keep you in my prayers.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: The Headacher on October 31, 2011, 04:19:50 am
I am so sorry to read this.

I hope you and your husband can help each other in these difficult times, and that you'll be able to enjoy each others company for many years to come. I wish there was anything useful or helpful I could say, other than just "get well soon", but the right words don't come to mind now.

Best wishes,

Jacco.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: GrannyGeek on October 31, 2011, 01:53:36 pm
Thanks again for all the support from you, my dear cyber friends. I find it very interesting that I really do feel the well wishes of my friends as I undergo treatment.

I completed my first round and start the second round on Nov. 2. I had no nausea or vomiting or serious side effects during round 1. They really have come a long way in minimizing those things that made chemotherapy very daunting for many people. The chief "problem" I experienced was a lot of fatigue, especially after the second treatment. I'm hoping for similar lack of problems during my second round, but there's no telling. It's actually kind of interesting to see what happens.

They are using a newer protocol with me. Gallbladder cancer is rare, so everything is rather experimental. I'm getting two drugs in week 1 and the same two in week 2, and then two weeks off. These are IV drugs on an outpatient basis. It takes all day, as there is testing, waiting, mixing drugs to order, waiting, administration of steroids and hydration, and finally, each drug separately, which takes a long time. I bring my Nook Color, Nintendo DS with Jeopardy, and my PDA, plus they have a TV at every station. We can eat during the treatments, in fact, we have to, and everyone is very nice and professional and caring. Various people come by, such as a pharmacist, and they answer questions and make suggestions. I'm in good hands.

They haven't tested yet to see if the drugs are having the desired effect. I'm certainly no worse. The amazing thing to me is that the slight tumor pain I had before I started treatment vanished on Day 1 and hasn't returned. It *could* be due to tumor shrinkage.

So thanks again and keep the thoughts and wishes coming.<g> I'm certainly giving it my all, as I don't want to leave yet. Gotta try out VL7 64. :-)
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: MikeCindi on October 31, 2011, 06:14:46 pm
Your courage and matter-of-fact approach is encouraging and inspirational. Thank you for sharing a "non-cyber" part of your life with us (me).
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: ajt on November 03, 2011, 09:09:11 am
Thanks again for all the support from you, my dear cyber friends. I find it very interesting that I really do feel the well wishes of my friends as I undergo treatment.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: ajt on November 03, 2011, 09:12:04 am
Thanks again for all the support from you, my dear cyber friends. I find it very interesting that I really do feel the well wishes of my friends as I undergo treatment.

I will all be thinking of you.
alex
                  
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Lyn on November 03, 2011, 12:18:44 pm
Its good to hear of your progress -I am sure your strength of will is an important factor in your recovery.  Thank you for keeping us informed.  All my best wishes.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Deach on November 10, 2011, 11:09:19 am
Granny, been gone from the VL forums for a bit but I want you to know I wish you nothing but the best.  That inspiron laptop you helped me with the video on is still going to this day, and still in use.  I will keep you in my thoughts.  Thanks and best regards,
Deach
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: ronnyquest on November 11, 2011, 11:29:10 am
Wow!  I just saw this post.  GrannyGeek, I know you have contributed a great deal to the community and I work every day with the results of your contributions to Vector Linux.  The community owes you a great debt for helping to make Vector the awesome distribution it has become.  I wish you well and hope the treatment helps. 
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Megamieuwsel on November 13, 2011, 11:18:43 am
The trouble with 'net-communities; Seeing the ones I have ranked high on my list get dumped all kinds of nasty upon...
Like you.
And like you said: The disappearing of pain *could* be due to tumor-shrinking and I certainly hope so.
Hang in there Granny.

One curt Dutch dissident rooting fer ya.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: GrannyGeek on November 13, 2011, 05:03:06 pm
The trouble with 'net-communities; Seeing the ones I have ranked high on my list get dumped all kinds of nasty upon...
Like you.
And like you said: The disappearing of pain *could* be due to tumor-shrinking and I certainly hope so.
Hang in there Granny.

One curt Dutch dissident rooting fer ya.

How nice to see you back here!

I've had the first treatment of Round 2 and so far have had no nausea from any of the treatments. My hair is thinning so it may be starting to fall out, but not necessarily. I am pain free, which is surely a good sign. I won't be having tests to see how things are going for a couple of months, probably.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes and concern. The support of my cyberfriends means a lot to me.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: stretchedthin on November 13, 2011, 09:14:00 pm
Granny, that's sounds very positive.  No nausea, no pain, that was so encouraging to read I actually called my wife over to my computer room to share the news with her.   Granny thinning hair can be a great excuse
to try some wigs on that you've always wanted too but never had reason to dare too.

Blonde, brunette or red-head, either way, I'm cheering for you.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: sledgehammer on November 14, 2011, 02:58:20 am
Grannygeek a blonde?  Not in my book.  A sweet lady who knows prepositions as she does is clearly a red head with, perhaps, 3 or 10 streaks of blonde.

Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Colonel Panic on November 21, 2011, 11:35:44 pm
How nice to see you back here!

I've had the first treatment of Round 2 and so far have had no nausea from any of the treatments. My hair is thinning so it may be starting to fall out, but not necessarily. I am pain free, which is surely a good sign. I won't be having tests to see how things are going for a couple of months, probably.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes and concern. The support of my cyberfriends means a lot to me.
--GrannyGeek

Good luck Granny! Great to see that the treatments seem to be going well and that you're pain free.

- CP

Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: caitlyn on November 22, 2011, 09:38:27 am
Just popped back in for the first time in a long while and read the bad news and the progress reports.  Granny, my heart is with you and I will keep you in my thoughts. 
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Sty on November 25, 2011, 03:56:01 pm
Wow, I just popped in to see what was happening and read the topic. I'm so sorry to hear about that, Granny, I wish you, your husband, and your family the absolute best. I hope and pray for a speedy and full recovery!
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: vincent2 on November 26, 2011, 06:01:21 am
Bonjour!Granny,

Do change your daily menu (more vegetable, more fibre, no more sick yankee fast food ),
eat 6-10  fresh organic red tomatos a day,
3 glass of fresh potato shake(with ginger lemon no milk) as food remedy..
you'll see the diference.
if you've extra cash to spare, do travel independently to india plus sri lanka
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: overthere on November 28, 2011, 12:52:23 pm
Just would like to extend my best wishes and hope you are comfortable.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Herpy on December 17, 2011, 09:08:51 am
Cancer. A big killer in my family. I wish you the best of luck.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Murdock on December 19, 2011, 03:05:50 am
Bonjour!Granny,

Do change your daily menu (more vegetable, more fibre, no more sick yankee fast food ),
eat 6-10  fresh organic red tomatos a day,
3 glass of fresh potato shake(with ginger lemon no milk) as food remedy..
you'll see the diference.
if you've extra cash to spare, do travel independently to india plus sri lanka

Granny. http://www.edenia.com/medical/solano.htm
Call him and get H2O2 treatments.It's better than anything you could ever get in the corporatocracy.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: kazuya on January 30, 2012, 06:34:05 am
I just got hold of this news. That is super bad news. I will keep you in my prayers. Sometimes, I forget that we are all still human and subject to life's effects. I pray you recover fully and beat that thing. That is definitly bad news. Best of luck and like some have said here, you definitly inspired folks like myself as well; Not just in the VL community.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: MikeCindi on July 07, 2013, 04:11:09 pm
Haven't heard from Ms. GG in a very long time.  Hoping for the best...but fearing the worst as she has been a valued member here for a long time and would post if able.  Don't know if anyone has other contact with GG outside this forum and could update. 
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: ddval on August 31, 2013, 09:08:39 pm
Granny - Many years ago when I first got involved with Linux and VL  you were always there to help and guide me.  If I did not then tell you how much I appreciated your time and effort let me say thank you now.  I pray you will conquer and remain with VL for many many years to come. 
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: MikeCindi on April 09, 2014, 07:10:52 pm
Just read that GrannyGeek passed away in 2012.  :'(

A new user to the forum CMAR606 knew her and related this very sad news.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: ddval on April 09, 2014, 08:01:52 pm
Sad indeed  :'(
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: stretchedthin on April 09, 2014, 09:45:15 pm
There is a something undervalued, misunderstood, and out of proportion about what the real world perceives about the relationships that are formed online.  Granny was with Vectorlinux for years, when she wanted Tuxcards included in the default iso, vec made sure tuxcards was included in the default iso.  She was smart, she was to the point, and she was a friend to many who called Vectorlinux home.   I think I speak for everyone who know her when I say she will be missed.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: hata_ph on April 09, 2014, 09:50:42 pm
RIP  :'(
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Colonel Panic on April 10, 2014, 03:40:57 pm
Oh no :( RIP Granny.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: overthere on April 10, 2014, 05:49:51 pm
GrannyGeek...gone but not forgotten :(
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Lyn on April 11, 2014, 05:35:41 am
A great friend of the distro and a supportive member to all.  Will be sadly missed.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: CMAR606 on April 11, 2014, 12:59:55 pm
Just read that GrannyGeek passed away in 2012.  :'(

A new user to the forum CMAR606 knew her and related this very sad news.

I knew GG also known as " JUDY M. " on the CompuServe Linux forums I am very active on and she was always on there giving good advice I do miss her she was a riot and fought back if she thought you were not correct on something about Linux or an app. She was a good ol' gal!

here is her Obituary.. I had to look it up

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94323625

--- Christopher
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: nightflier on April 11, 2014, 02:30:30 pm
Thank you for that link, Christopher. Nice to have a face to go with the name.  :)
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Colonel Panic on April 11, 2014, 03:51:18 pm
Thanks for that Christopher. Just realised from that that I knew her from somewhere else.

I was a big WordStar user in my pre-Linux days and she wrote a free users' guide for WordStar for Windows (I used the next to last DOS version, 7.0c, but I was aware of her contribution).

Small world.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: nitehawk on April 11, 2014, 05:07:12 pm
Very sorry to hear about GrannyGeek....I had been wondering about her for quite some time.  I knew she had cancer,...but thought maybe she was too caught up in the chemo treatments to post.
I myself, just underwent the surgeries and 6 months of chemo, and know how rough it can be.  Fortunately, my last scan shows that I am in remission.  And unfortunately, it looks like GrannyGeek did not win her battle against the beast.
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Joe1962 on April 15, 2014, 05:57:33 am
Granny's presence here had been really missed, but knowing it is now permanent, leaves a big hole in the Forum as well as in our lives.

R.I.P. Granny...  :'(
Title: Re: Bad news
Post by: Lyn on April 16, 2014, 05:38:23 am
And reading the obituary shows that she was a truely remarkable and interesting person.  Our lives were richer because of her.