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Tom Galli

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Tom Galli last won the day on January 12

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    Lung cancer patient/survivor
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    Author of Scanziety, an ebook published on Amazon. Treatment history https://sites.google.com/a/redtoenail.org/chronicles-demo/home/tom-galli

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  1. Welcome to the Just for Fun forum!!!

    Well, as it turns out, I'm not very good at ferreting out un-truth. Ladies 3 me zip but I returned the favor. Here is my reveal. #1 is true -- I am the oldest of 4 brothers and dad was a WW II and Korean War pilot. His true love was flying and purchased and restored a PT-13 Stearman WW II training aircraft. It was an original restoration right down to the Army Air Corps flight log and manuals. All of us learned to fly well before learning to drive. I did not get my pilots license because I am totally color blind and would have been restricted to daylight, visual flight rules, only flying. My youngest brother was not affected and became an Army pilot and retired as a Colonel with more than 5,000 flight hours in all types of helicopters. #2 is true -- My middle name is Joseph and therefore J in fact is the middle initial representing my middle name. #3 is not true -- As an Army officer, I've been to almost every continent in the world for at least an overnight. The only one I missed is Antarctica. But, my wife and I are avid cruisers and contemplating an Antarctic cruise and may yet check that block. #4 is true -- It was indeed fortunate that my wife was working a Readers Digest vocabulary quiz during her lunch break. Had she not been doing so, I wouldn't have had the courage to engage her in conversation. While I test as an extrovert, it is by a very slim margin. I can speak to groups of people with ease, but one-on-one conversation with a woman is not my strong suit. Had Martha not been working the quiz (giving me something to talk about), I'd likely be a single man. #5 is true -- I studied piano for 16 years. Before my many thoracic surgeries and resultant chronic pain on my right side, I'd spend hours each day playing the instrument I love. Music is my true love and I longed to be a concert pianist. But to master a solo classical repertoire, the pianist hands must be large enough to play an octave and two notes, cleanly. Thus, my dream was thwarted in my teenage years. When I attend the Dallas Symphony Orchestra featuring a solo pianist, I see the music in my mind and marvel at the beauty and majestic sound a concert grand piano, accompanied by orchestra, generates in the hands of a virtuoso. I still long to be that virtuoso.
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    You must be devastated. And on top of your devastation, you've got a very hard decision to make. Even more complicated, it appears to be a collective decision and these are always much, much harder to make. Here is how I would approach a decision such as that facing you. If it were my mother, I would be guided by the fact that she has end state disease. At this point in time, the disease is not reversible and only progression towards death is the future state. Medical science might prolong the progression but cannot stop it. I would think back over my mother's life and try and find clues in the way she lived to determine the way she wanted to die. My mother was always "neat as a pin". She was obsessed with the idea that everything needed to have a place and if not in use, it had to be in that place -- immediately! This obsession with organization was bested only by her desire to be properly groomed. My mother's hair, dress, and appearance were always impeccable. She "dressed for bed" and dressed completely every morning before her first cup of coffee (and on finishing, that cup was washed, right away)! I would look at my mother, connected to all the medical tubes and hoses, and realize she would hate looking like that. So these traits would guide my decision. I am the oldest of 4 brothers and each of us is different and has a different approach to our lives. I would remind my bothers that an approach to our lives is not relevant in making a decision for our mother and her life. In life, there are but two certainties: birth and death. Everything else including the time between these life milestones is uncertain. Regardless of what you individually or collectively decide, your mother's end of life milestone is very near. If her medical condition is irreversible, would she want to continue to battle? I pray for peace for your mother and your family. Stay the course. Tom