Well I've done gone and got me some cancer in fact there was a two for one special at Walmart and I got me two of them the lung cancer is called Pancoast Cancer and I have hand cancer thats not getting no better. The lung cancer is where you have a tumor that develops in the upper part of the left or right lung and gives you a lot of pain. They call cancer a silent killer because you won't know you have it until it starts giving you pain from nerves or bones you may have hit. Evidently I've had mine for a long time and I didn't even notice it until I started having real deep neck and head ackes and that's when I went to my neorealist. After the scan he found out I had something big in my upper left lung he sent me to another Dr that just deals with cancer and they did MRI's and all that stuff and they found a big ole lump in my chest as big as a grapefruit and the DR said it's just about the biggest he's even seen. The cancer give's you a lot of pain in your back, arm pit down the arm and in my hand and it's a constant pain that goes from day to night. I'm on pain management now for the last day anyway and I have to take the pills they gave me like clock work or they say it won't work. Here soon I have go on chemo and radiation at the same time before I ever have an operation and depending it they can shrink it enough they may not be able to do an operation and if I can't have an operation I'll be on pills the rest of my life or what's left of it. I Still I have cancer of the hand and that's not getting any better and I'm sure you all have seen that nasty beast. Ive had 4 operation's on my hand so far and I don't know if I'll ever be able to play the fiddle anymore. Let hear a yah..heheh The lung cancer comes from smoking cigarettes in witch I've smoked for 40 some years ...and here's the kicker. I still smoke. I'm trying to stop but it's like telling a kid you can't have something and they just want more. Now my hand and arm are getting very weak it's hard for me just to open a door or open a jar of jelly. I'm getting pains from places I didn't know existed and these are the things they say will happen. I don't know why I tell you these things but just thought you may be interested in things that or other fiddlers go through. But anyway that's my story and I hope and wish that none of you have to go through this. Jerry
I'm so sorry, Jerry. Hang in there,,,many have beat it.
Jerry. You're telling us here because you've made a bunch of friends here in the last few years. I've never met you but I feel I know you in some small fiddley ways. We annoyed each other a couple of times in the past, and then it got lighter, and now I always enjoy your presence here. Do the best you can for yourself and keep playing if you can. Keep writing too. I'm pulling for you.
Thanks Brian I was wondering how to make the picture left handed and you did it. About the annoying stuff..I think I annoyed myself more than anyone and then I grew up and tried to learn how to talk right..but talking right I'm still missing the mark. I'll certainly try to keep playing but not off to a good start but I'm hoping I can one day. But I think about it I'm not just fighting cancer on one front but two fronts and be honest with you I'm not so sure of surviving either on of them but I got my head up..thats what you got to do isn't it. Thanks for the comments
Keep a good outlook Jerry, I had a great uncle that passed away last year, they told him he had lung cancer 10 years ago, he called the doctor a liar and never went back, he almost made it to 90 before he passed. Hope everything gets better for you.
So sorry to hear this, Jerry. Cancer is scary. As best you can try to stay positive and ask for support from those who are close to you - in every way. That is the most difficult thing. (I know from personal experience in my own battle!)
I am sending you my prayers for peace, comfort and healing.
Stay strong, Jerry.
Thanks fellas I'm going to try everything I can
If anyone would like to join me on Facebook be my guest. There I just talk to family and friends and a host of some really great musician's. I must warn you sometimes I curse there. My contact name is Jerry Holmes
I'm sorry to hear this news, Jerry. I hope you'll hang in there with us for a very long time...
Sorry about your cancer, Jerry, I hope it responds to treatment!
Edited by - gapbob on 07/07/2018 17:08:10
You know when you get to a certain age and I can't tell you what age that is your life just take a turn for the worse. Now I'm not saying I'm dyeing or anything but I'm about as close to it as you can get and most of these things comes from people of age. I've always been a healthy man always had good blood pressure my heart is in excellent shape, liver and kidneys are in good condition and I've never had a bad cold never that would be hard to say for most. Then up jumps the devil and I got this stuff I have. I've made some bad decisions in my life but who hasn't. This stuff came right out of the blue and must have had it for a long time because I didn't fill a thing. They say that cancer is a silent killer and now I know why that is. It isn't until it starts affecting your vital organs do you ever fell it. I have a page up on Facebook for the Cancer Society of America and I hope you all give a little something contribute to this cause. You know you never can tell when it's your turn to go..you cloud be on a simple walk in the park...shopping at the mall or just visiting some frends for the day..death has no time. Enough of that sad stuff I'm a bout to cry. But I'll do what I can do as long as I can and I'll even pleasure you with my singing,,choke choke Well that's it, please give
The Cancer Society some thought tho. Thanks Jerry
I think you're sharing the story with us because we're a community here -- a rather close one as far as online communities go, I think -- and we care.
I hope those pills kick in to give you a bit of rest from the pain and here's to that grapefruit shrinking down to the size of, oh, say, a worn cake of the finest Hills's Dark (Sorry! I don't know your favorite kind of rosin) so they can go to work on getting rid of it for you.
Hey Cindy, I'm in a lot of pain right now and took a pain pill about an hour ago and it's starting to work. Rosiin, I don't really have a favorite I use what evers available but I stick mainly to a light rosin works for me. Thanks for the post
I'm very sorry to hear this, Jerry. I'll be thinking of you. You have a perspective on fiddling that's almost unique on this forum, and I hope you keep posting for a long time to come.
Take care of yourself.
Well thank you Doug that really means a lot to me coming from you and I hope happier days are a head for us all to see
All of our collective hearts go out to you, Jerry. You are a valued member here (by everybody, if I may say so). When the pain goes into remission, that's when you can do all the stuff that gives your life meaning, whether its playing fiddle or hugging your wife & grandkids.
Bruce, That's was very nice of you to say and I thank you. If I ever get to the place you say I'll be sure to hug my grand children but not my wife... I will load her full of kisses beyond anything you've ever known..she's the only one that keeps my head above ground
Sorry to hear, Jerry. I hope you can keep fiddling, but above all else take care of yourself.
Sad news Jerry. Sending prayers your way.
Thanks Steve, Blast this stuff It's getting hard for me to fill my arm and hand now and my hand is very weak so fiddling my be in my past. But I'll keep trying... you just can't take away something from someone who's done nothing but fiddle all his life..that would be like taking a bottle from a baby
Back to the Dr today. The meds they got me on just ain't working OXcodone I think there called. Got to see if the'll up them..pain is getting worse
Prayers that God treats you and your family gently, Jerry.
No need to respond - just get on with getting on.
Mike for some reason my facebook page isn't working. Did you try and message me there all I could read was your name. Hey and I appreciate you well wishes I really do