Some Somber News...

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Some Somber News...
Posted by Mookie on Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:57 PM

A very good friend of mine and of a lot of you on this forum, has a very serious health issue.  Our favorite chicken bestowed the name Snowman on him because his last name is pronounced Blizzard but spelled Blysard.  I call him Houston Ed.  

Ed was diagnosed a few months back with lung cancer.  He went thru all the processes that go along with that diagnosis and everyone thought he had beat it. He found out about a week ago that they found more cancer - this time in his brain.  He has had, again, more treatment and is now home.  

Ed is not one to dwell on his problems, but cannot yet type too well or put his thoughts on paper. This should improve with time. So he asked me to tell you all that he will be back on the forum just as soon as he has improved enough to be able to handle thinking and typing.  

I will leave it to you to send messages to Ed.  If he has trouble reading them, he has a big family that will always be there to help him.  

And maybe, sometime in the future, he will gift us with another short story for us to read and enjoy.

And to keep this on the subject of trains:  Ed worked for Port Terminal Railroad in Houston Tx - where all the refineries are located.  He is retired from there now.

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Posted by blhanel on Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:02 PM

Quite shocked and sorry to read this, Jen.  I had no idea.  Ed, you are now in my prayers.

Your complimentary pop-top can of PTRA water still sits on my office knick-knack shelf!

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Posted by CShaveRR on Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:15 PM

I had wondered about what was going on there.

Brain cancer isn't necessarily a death sentence.  My daughter found out about her breast cancer spreading to her brain, after being off chemo for a couple of months after her old regimen quit working.  They used radiation on that, and--although she now has permanent hair loss...that was a wig on Jeopardy!--it had no effect on her cognitive capabilities.  As far as I know, they got all of it in her cranial area.

From what I've read, Ed won't be going back to work.  That sounds serious.  I'm pretty sure treatment in general will depend a lot on how quickly it was discovered in the first place.  Linda had had problems for at least four months before diagnosis and treatment.  Mine, on the other hand, was diagnosed with blood tests and I have yet to feel any discomfort from cancer itself (surgery and subsequent treatments are another story).

Hang in there, Ed!  We hope to hear better news soon!

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:07 PM

Best wishes Ed!

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Posted by NorthWest on Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:17 AM

Best of luck, Ed. You know what you're talking about and it shows which can be incredibly refreshing. Thanks for grounding our conversations.

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Posted by wanswheel on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:03 AM

Ed, thanks for writing, and more please, when you're ready.

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:38 AM

Thanks for the information. The Forum is a nice community and I often wonder who the person is that I am reading. 

Highly unlikely I will ever meet anyone on here so this is the way we have to humanize things, with information, and that is good.

My best to you Mr. Blysard. 

Never met you but I like to think I know you. 

 

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 6:36 AM

Jen,

Somber news indeed and not what I wanted to read.

Ed has always been one of the better posters here on the forum.

Wishing for the best possible outcome.

Ed,

Hang in there mister and don't give up. My sister beat lung cancer several years ago and I'm hoping you can do the same.

Norm


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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:51 AM

God bless you Ed and God speed your recovery!

"Fly on, and fight on, until the last drop of fuel, until the last drop of blood, until the last beat of the heart."

(Manfred von Richthofen)

 

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Posted by selector on Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:39 AM

Thanks for the information, Jen.  Many of us have been here for quite a few years, so the odds are very high we'll learn of troubles from one or more of us....hopefully.  Some slip away without us every knowing, and that's kinda sad...to me.

Ed, if you can read this, I wish you the very best of care, energy, motivation, empathy, comfort, and recovery that your team can muster for you.  Be positive, don't fret, and enjoy the sunny days as they come.

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Posted by diningcar on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:12 AM

Ed, your hands on contributions at this site have resonated; especially with those of us who also are or were employed by a RR.

I wish for you the greatest care and hope your recovery has you back on board here with your very meaningfull contributions.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:22 AM

Ed Blysard will be in my daily prayers, along with Senator John McCain.

Thanks for notifying us.

I had a serious cancer problem myself.  I was told I would have to have surgery or go blind.  With the help of doctors, an innovative treatment was proposed, and I agreed to be an experiment subject.  It involves a particular medication, and also involved my health fund (insurance, doctors, treatment, and hospitals in one brand, and there are four competing in Israel, and insurance is compulsary for citizens) agreeing to my being an outpatient in a competing health fund's hospital.  But one of the students at the Yeshiva also suggested that frequent doses of Lemoline and Louisa herb tea are proven cancer blockers, and I use a mixture of that with cinemon, and no longer need the special medication.  I also am a vegetarian, but eat fish and eggs, and minimize both sugar and alcohol.  Dad was diabedic and used Insulin, and to date I have not had to use Insulin and hope to keep it that way.

If Ed wants to try this kind of diet, he is more than welcome, assuming his doctor approves of course.  Of course I have regular appointments with the doctor, and would go back on the medication if told it was necessary.  So far for about a year, it has not been necessary.

The particular doctor usually had treated my kind of cancer with radiation before the special medicine was developed.  He did feel I had made the right decision to reject surgery.

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:41 AM

Dave,

While a subscriber to the Juedo-Christian ethic I choose not to belong to a church. Each one says all others are doomed and I don't believe that. They all have merit but sometimes conflict with one another.

Regardless of whether one has beliefs or not Ed Blysard has long been an informative poster here. He is, in my mind, one who should be held in the highest respect for sharing his knowledge.

Mookie's post was not what I wanted to read on a Sunday morning.

Norm


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Posted by csxns on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:50 AM

Best of luck,Ed.get well soon.

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Posted by greyhounds on Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:10 PM

Ed, I'm praying for your return to good health.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:49 PM

Norm, I respect your opinion about religion, but I do have hard evidence to prove you wrong on one respect.   I can attach proof of this statement presented not to prove anything religious, but simply to provide more peace between people of different views:

Today's religions respect one another.  "My belief system is true for me, but I respect that your belief system is true for you."   This is true whether your belief system is atheism or any of the world's rellgions.  Obviously it is not true if "your" "religion" demands that everyone think like "you."

I just received a marvelous document that proves this, and I'll be glad to share it with anyone writing me at daveklepper@yahoo.com.

And let us not get into a religious discssion with bringing up current excesses and mayhem they cause.  I can even prove that at one time worldwide Islam was a very tolerant religion.  And I think most Muslims still are.

I certainly did not mean that because I pray for Ed's health that you should also.  And I certainly did not mean that people should pray the way I pray.

And the others who said they have Ed in their prayers also did not insist that you also pray.   OK?

 

 

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Sunday, September 17, 2017 12:56 PM

   Ed, I noticed that we had not heard much from you lately.   I always looked forward to your posts as the voice of knowledge and reason when the rest of us were getting carried away with speculation and off-the-wall ideas.   We all wish you the best and look forward to hearing from you for a long time.

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Posted by Randy Stahl on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:06 PM

I can't think of any words... 

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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:20 PM

Randy Stahl

I can't think of any words... 

 

Randy - you were one I was hoping would see this.  I feel the same way.

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Posted by Deggesty on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:37 PM

Ed, I have long appreciated your posts, and I am grieved to learn of your health difficulties.

May you and your family have all the support you need.

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Posted by Convicted One on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:50 PM

daveklepper
I respect your opinion about religion, but I do have hard evidence to prove you wrong on one respect.


And I believe that Kalmbach has been quite explicit about not wanting ANYTHING religious posted on this forum. All of you claiming to be 'praying" are just exerting your religious preferences on everybody else, and as such constitute 'contentious' subject matter.

 

Get well Ed, sorry this happened in your thread, but these guys take liberties they shouldn't have

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Posted by samfp1943 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:10 PM

Deggesty

Ed, I have long appreciated your posts, and I am grieved to learn of your health difficulties.

May you and your family have all the support you need.

 

Thanks, Jen (Mookie)!  Many of us appreciate the update, but like many others, I am saddended by your news of Ed's health situation. Ed's contributions and posts have been very informative and interesting. As well his private messages and Christmas contributions have added to the holiday spirits.

 Count Ed, Aimee, and the girls in my prayers for Ed's speedy recovery. Houston is at the forefront of Cancer treatments, MD Anderson is a destination that often comes up in conversations arount this neck 'o the woods.  I am sure Ed will have the best of care, and prayers from many others around this country, possibly around the world.

Sam

 

 


 

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 5:41 PM

daveklepper

Norm, I respect your opinion about religion, but I do have hard evidence to prove you wrong on one respect.   I can attach proof of this statement presented not to prove anything religious, but simply to provide more peace between people of different views:

Today's religions respect one another.  "My belief system is true for me, but I respect that your belief system is true for you."   This is true whether your belief system is atheism or any of the world's rellgions.  Obviously it is not true if "your" "religion" demands that everyone think like "you."

I just received a marvelous document that proves this, and I'll be glad to share it with anyone writing me at daveklepper@yahoo.com.

And let us not get into a religious discssion with bringing up current excesses and mayhem they cause.  I can even prove that at one time worldwide Islam was a very tolerant religion.  And I think most Muslims still are.

I certainly did not mean that because I pray for Ed's health that you should also.  And I certainly did not mean that people should pray the way I pray.

And the others who said they have Ed in their prayers also did not insist that you also pray.   OK?

Dave,

While I respect your opinion I do not think this is an appropriate time to discuss religion. We are discussing the possible fate of one highly respected poster on this forum. I think it only appropriate that we all should wish him well. Ed has been an informative poster who has provided tons of information. I've had private conversations with him and wish him nothing but the best possible outcome.

Same goes for Carl's daughter Linda. I wish her the best. I have a friend who is a ten-year survivor of breast cancer. She is now 54 but ten years ago her family and friends were seriously concerned. With appropriate treatment and positive attitudes Cancer can, if not be beaten, can at least be held at bay.

I can thank my 'lucky stars' that I've never had cancer. It runs in my father's side of the family and I am a smoker.  Nobody ever said truthfully that fate determines your future. Dieties aside as once said, 'You pays your money and takes your chances'. Life isn't fair and sooner or later we all meet our demise. In the mean we can all hope Ed beats the bad things in life.

My post was not intended to criticize anyone but meant to offer moral support to those in need of it.

Norm


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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 6:56 PM

And that's enough about religion.  This is about Ed, not how an individual wishes to express their concern for him and his situation.  I don't care if you pray for someone, or just keep them in your thoughts.  And neither should anyone else. 

Ed - You've always been a leader on this forum - hopefully you'll beat this and be back as your old self soon.  

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Posted by dlund on Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:02 PM

Mr. Blysard, get well soon.  I'm looking forward to more of your posts.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:08 PM

Ed, it seems like just yesterday you were reporting from Houston on the hurricane.  I hope everything goes well.

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Posted by edblysard on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:39 PM
It has taken a long time, about one hour or so, just to write this, lots of return and corrections and such.
Lets set it straight…I believe in God….different that most, not quite the organized one most follow, but God notheless.
It happened because I smoked, 45 years or so…nothing more, nothing less.
I am proud of all of my friends here, of all walks of like, of all type of religions…you can all “Just get along”
My daughter, the nut who jumps out of airplanes, will do the heavy typing for me when she can, and Jen does what she can when she can, don't press her okay?
 you have no idea what a gem she really is.

 

I will get better, I will return, in what form I don’t know, but I will be back!

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Posted by erikem on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:47 PM

edblysard
I will get better, I will return, in what form I don’t know, but I will be back!
 

Looking forward to your return in whatever form.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:48 PM

     As Charlie Brown would say "Rats!". Ed is in our thoughts and prayers.

     I know that Ed has a sense of humor, as we've seen it a lot on here. Besides, photos of him always show that twinkle in his eye like Sam Elliot or Robert Duvall. So, I hope if Ed can't read this, he has someone read it to him. If he is reading it himself, I -l-l  t-y-p-e  r-e-a-l    s-l-o-w.Clown

Give 'er hell cowboy!

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Posted by zugmann on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:47 PM

edblysard
I will get better, I will return, in what form I don’t know, but I will be back!

Better be back.  Or else the forum will have to turn to people like me for RR wisdom.  And the forum is not ready for that. 

The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer or any other railroad, company, or person.

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