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  1. #1

    A rough couple weeks....

    My mom went to the ER with extreme back pain on July 4th evening. The next day they did a CT scan only to find she had stage 4 cancer in her lung, liver, lymph nodes and spine. An MRI later showed cancer in the skull bones, lining around the brain and behind one eye. They told her if she did nothing she had a couple weeks, and if she started treatments they might be able to buy her 7 - 9 months.
    She started treatments right away. 3 days of chemo before she left the hospital, then I took her from home for 2 days of radiation. They gave her the weekend off. She had a good weekend sitting at the picnic table laughing, drinking tea, and enjoying the family. Monday morning she could no longer drink, take her meds, and had trouble breathing. She went to the ER by ambulance where they started an IV and when she arrived they put her on a vent to help her breathe. The chemo killed her bad and good cells and the infection in her body had spread so fast there was no more they could do. She was gone 10 hours later surrounded by her 5 kids.
    Went in for a bad back ache, and died 11 days later. I miss her so much. She was 67.
    Here is her life story for those interested. Diane Marks - Vicksburg, MI : Jan 1st 1960 - Jul 16th 2012
    "There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure"
    Mark Twain

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    Jul 2008
    East Jordan, Michigan
    Minelab Etrac & Quattro
    12 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    So sorry to hear this. Been a while since I've posted on Tnet, just happened to take time tonight to see what was going on.

    Last year I lost my Dad to lung cancer at 68. He fought for a over 3 years through surgeries, chemo and radiation before he lost his battle.
    I had the opportunity to spend time with him and help take care of him at the end. Wish you had had the time with your mother to do the same.

    Still think of my dad every day, and miss him so much. It's a little easier now, but it still hurts. Losing parents in their 60s is just way too young.

    I'm a 7 year survivor of kidney cancer that's when I took up detecting. I slip on the headphones and start swinging and concentrating and for a little while I'm relaxed.

    Wishing you the best. Hoping you find some peace.

  3. #3
    Jan 2011
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    456 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'm so very sorry for your lose. You and your family are in my Prayers. I lost my Brother-in-Law this past Feb. He Passed after a 9 month battle with Liver cancer.
    Cancer eat him up alive, He went from 175lb. to 64lb in that time He was 54, Not a day goes by that he's not thought about and mourned He told me a week before he died, that he wished that he could just go to bed and not wake up. He fought the good fight, but to no end. God smiled on you and your family, You didn't have to watch what we did, And I pray no one would ever have to watch that and be helpless as we were. God Bless you and your family, Be thankfull that she suffered no more than she did, She hurts no more.....I hope the best for you and your family, God please grant this family peace and comfort them in their time of need.

    If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
    -Samuel Adams-

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    Jun 2007
    Southwest Michigan
    Made in U.S.A.
    462 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    So sorry to hear about your loss Mike and my heart goes out to you and your family, cancer also got my mother as well back in 2007.

  5. #5
    Dec 2010
    Minelab GT; Sov Elite
    3761 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Dear Mike and Family,

    Hank and I are so sorry to read of the loss of your mother. Her biography is extraordinary, and it's so sad that she passed away so suddenly at the young age of 67 yrs. We can only imagine the heartache that you and your family are experiencing

    Please know that Hank and I will remember your mom in our daily prayers. She is pain free now and enjoying eternal life enfolded in God's arms.

    May God be with you and your family as you work through the sorrow and pain of loss.

    With deepest sympathy,


  6. #6
    May 2009
    Minelab Explorer SE
    403 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Mike - So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympaty is with you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.

  7. #7
    Jul 2010
    2 Garrett AT Pro
    161 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Mike my thoughts are with you and your family, cancer took both my parents I know how hard it is , hang in there man...

  8. #8

    Apr 2012
    740 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    So sorry about your loss thoughts and prayers are with you

    Common sense is so rare these days it should be classified as a super power

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  9. #9
    Apr 2005
    Mid Michigan
    Garrett GTP 1350, Garrett Freedon Ace
    23 times
    Very sorry to hear that Mike. Maybe it was better that it happened so fast. Im not sure I would want to find out about it and have it take forever to pass away. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Your Friend,

    Steve in Michigan

  10. #10
    Nov 2011
    Kzoo County, MI
    Garrett ATPro, Garrett ACE350, Fisher CZ-20, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    151 times
    Metal Detecting
    Mike, I was saddened by the news of the lose of your mom. Linda and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Cancer is tradgedy esspecially since it was discovered so late. Peace be with you.

  11. #11

    Aug 2007
    West Michigan
    minelab, tesoro
    14 times
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I also lost my Mom awhile back. She lived close by and had a knack for popping in unexpectedly, usually when I was busy, or at suppertime. We used to think it was kind of rude, but now, well let's just say we would welcome it. Will be praying for youall, gotta go I'm getting a little emotional.
    God Bless

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    Charter Member

    May 2012
    12354 times
    Hey Mike. My ma went way to young too. Fought hard but cancer got to much. May not help now but those good times are yours to keep. We don,t forget! Thinking of your family with kind thoughts.

  13. #13
    Aug 2009
    Sacramento Cailifonia
    V3i DFX MXT Excal II D2 6x10 950 4x6 & dx-1
    261 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    sorry for your loss Mike, prayers and condolence from my family to yours,if the love and prayers sent from forum members have anything to do with it. your mum is looking down and smiling in good hands..........

  14. #14
    Mar 2012
    Water Wonderland
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro, Garrett Pinpointer pro
    23 times
    Metal Detecting
    Sorry to hear that Mike and she was so young yet. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  15. #15
    Oct 2008
    West MI
    Minelab Safari, XTERRA 50
    2 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


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