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Day 279

Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near

'It's all a question of which will bump you off first: the lymphoma or the melanoma.' Dad quoted his consultant exactly. He said this with a wry smile but there were tears in his eyes. He also said that the same doctor had told him that this would be his last summer in Scotland and that he should make the most of it. I have never seen Dad so sad. We might have all dissolved in tears if he hadn't quickly rallied and said that he had surprised the same guy once maybe he could surprise him again: four years ago the consultant had discouraged him from having chemotherapy but Dad went ahead and here he still is.

We were lucky it was such a beautiful day and I'm very grateful for it. We kept reassuring ourselves that they might visit again in May when he has to come down for his PET scan... but I know that he will keep his visit down south as brief as possible because he yearns to be up in Scotland.

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  • White Dog White Dog
    10 days ago

    Difficult.

    I have met a lot of people to whom death is imminent, they are dealing with it differently. Lucky are those who have love and support from their families and the opportunities to make good memories. xx

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  • George Smith George Smith
    10 days ago

    Thank you, WD. It's such a personal thing how each of us will deal with our end and very interesting for you, and hard too, to see so much of it in your work. I hope I will be brave but fear I won't be. I guess it very much depends depends when and how.

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  • Bettedavis Bettedavis
    9 days ago

    Just cherish every moment with him George build those memories x

  • White Dog White Dog
    9 days ago

    George, you don't have to be brave, you just have to be. Death is usually worse for those left behind, those who find a huge hole in their lives. xx

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