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Old 07-15-2018, 09:39 AM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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All----As some of you are now aware, I've been absent from posting alot on VAF. Not that I'm mad at anyone, or have been MIA. Yes, I've been working, but I do want to explain briefly.
In January, Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer. One of those out of the blue, laser GPS guided missiles that you never see coming. All of her previous mammograms have been negative, so the shock and awe of the reality was alot to take.
She had successful surgery in early February to remove the lumps, 11 lymph nodes, and biopsy the tissue. It came back malignant, stage 2. Ok, treat it, an lets move forward. Just before she was to start chemo, we asked the DRs if there was anything else we needed to be concerned with. We asked, because she was having some difficulty walking, and CERTAINLY these were 2 unrelated circumstances. But we wanted to know, so we had them do a CT scan, and a bone scan.
2nd missile---The CT scan was negative--more on that in a second, the bone scan showed excessive cancer 'spots' in several ribs, her right pelvis, lower lumbar, and upper arms on both sides. Boom.
After digesting this--and seeing the stunned, pale, drained look on several DR's faces, we asked for a bone biopsy to see if the 2 cancers were related, or if we were dealing with a HUGE issue, not that MBC breast cancer isnt huge enough. The Biopsy showed it was the same cell makeup, so at least we had identified the enemy, and now had a plan. The CT scan was very puzzling. We insisted on a PET scan to see exactly what and where we were dealing with. It showed the cancer had spread to areas not shown on the CT scans.
Radiation was started to zap the spots to at least slow them down. 8 treatments. WE got another CT scan to see if the radiation had done any good, and the results were-cautiously optimistic. So a chemo regiment was started---12 weeks worth. Grueling. Some nausea, but not bad, but the pain of moving around--even sleeping and trying to roll over, well I'll just say that no one slept.
By chance, a couple of trips to the ER because of fear of either a broken rib, or a blood clot allowed us to get some additional CT scans. Imagine that. AND by a stroke of luck, we were able to get the same Radiologist to read the scans. Things improving.
Friday, Suzanne has a CT scan and a MRI. So much for bad luck on Friday the 13th. MRI of the head shows NO cancer. CT Scan shows no NEW activity, and healing of the bone areas. So---we think that she may have turned the corner on this enemy.

So--how is all of this RV related? HUM---even though my online presence on VAF has been limited, we have continued to talk to clients and support them in their build projects. In addition, we've done some 'interesting' projects for some custom installations. A HUGE help has been from Steve Tschurwald, my partner at Aircraft Specialty, with who we've developed quite a few packages for RV's and others. Steve has be gracious enough to handle quite a few orders for us, when we had orders to do and no physical means of doing them. Same components, same quality, shipped from a different location.

Some of you that we've talked to on the phone or by email were aware of the situation. Out of respect for Suzanne, I didnt post anything, but she did give her permission to post this. So, I'm explaining whats going on, and assure all of you that we are stronger because of the challenge.
Its also given us some time to evaluate things and how to make them better to help all of you. You'll see some of those changes being implemented.

For those of you that knew what was happening, your thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated and certainly helped. To our DR friends that listened and gave sound advise---it means alot to us to know we can call and ask questions! Yes VAF is an unbelievable resource!

Suzanne will not be at OSH this year---way to soon for her to travel and she is on the downside of her chemo treatments. But I'll be there and hope to see alot of our friends and clients enjoying the great event.

Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:59 AM
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Tom, sorry to hear (read?) this news, glad that she is showing improvement.

Prayers for her...
Mike Starkey
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:17 AM
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Wow...just wow. What a kick in the nuts. Totally keeping the two of you in our prayers!
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:18 AM
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It’s good to know that there has been some good response to the chemo and radiation Tom. Blessings to you and Suzanne.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for letting us know. You’re married to a real fighter, and Kelli and I will keep the prayer light switched on bright-flash.

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Old 07-15-2018, 12:43 PM
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Tom, it's refreshing to hear the positive tone in your update. I know it's been a long 2018 so far.

I would also like to say "thank you". As one of those customers who called on your services in the midst of your family focus, I'm happy to say your work is finally flying! When you and Suzanne are strong again and visiting the Shore, let me know and I'll have the table set
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:19 PM
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So sorry to hear this. Glad she is on the mend! And thanks for all the excellent support.
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:54 PM
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Tom, you guys are in our prayers, I’m happy to hear Suzanne is on her way toward recovery.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:18 PM
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Tom, prayers for Suzanne and yourself. Here in Indiana we are thinking of you!
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:22 PM
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We haven't met or interacted (yet--when I get to finishing this -10 fuselage that will be a different story!), but cancer has raised its ugly head in my family too, and I wish you and Suzanne the very best in your fight against this insidious enemy.

From what I have seen, one of the greatest weapons available to you other than modern medicine is positive attitude. I can't say enough about the apparent effects of a strong will, positive outlook, and supportive friends and family for the patients in my family. I am wishing you well, and that your battles will be won.

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