Mortality and, other things

By:  galen-marvin-ross  •  5 months ago  •  59 comments

Mortality and, other things

I've been waiting to say anything about why I haven't been on as much the past month and, now it seems is the time, I have all the info I need to tell the story without any holes in it. I was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer of the throat three weeks ago and, I've been waiting to see if it was anywhere else in the old body but, I got lucky, it's only in the throat so, with radiation for the next five weeks, five days a week it should be taken care of.

Prayers and, kindness would be appreciated during that time but, I'll take what I can get. I start radiation treatment tomorrow at 1 in the afternoon.


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Galen Marvin Ross
1  author  Galen Marvin Ross    5 months ago

Any questions?

1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @1    5 months ago

We do not always see eye to eye, but I do sincerely wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. You have my payers Sir.

Galen Marvin Ross
1.1.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1    5 months ago

Thanks Doc.

†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    5 months ago

Here is the good news, this is a common form of cancer for men and is extremely treatable and the success rate is more than impressive.

I wish you the best.  Thanks for sharing this with the community.

Galen Marvin Ross
2.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @2    5 months ago

Thanks Fish, the nice part is the doctor agrees with you. I do have a very small spot on my rt. lung that lit up when they performed the other tests and, they want to check it in six months time but, that's another story.

†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
2.1.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @2.1    5 months ago

Two of my favorite musicians were diagnosed with this recently and brought awareness to the risks with men and throat cancer and for that I thank them. Both were at higher stages of cancer and are back touring. Both were vocalists.

I wouldn't have known much about it otherwise. 

I think it is very important to stay optimistic and positive even though that is often difficult.

Galen Marvin Ross
2.1.2  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @2.1.1    5 months ago

I may present on here sometimes that I'm not an optimist but, I see things in different ways, politics is one that I find very little to be optimistic about, especially with the idiots we elect today but, I'm still hopeful we will find someone who will do right by all of us. I'm luckier than most folks, I have family members that are in the medical field so, the new things that come up I have at least heard of and, I have a good support system in place for things like this. I'm not afraid, it's just that I know it's going to be hard over the next five weeks to get online and, towards the end I might not feel like it at all.

Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    5 months ago


Best wishes for your recovery. If you need to chat your virtual friends are willing to listen.

I'm glad they caught it early.

Galen Marvin Ross
3.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    5 months ago

Thanks ((Trout))

4  Kavika     5 months ago

Good luck Galen....As stated it's a fairly common cancer and one that is treated successfully.

Galen Marvin Ross
4.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Kavika @4    5 months ago

Well, I figure if my sister and, sister-in-law can beat it I can too. Thanks for the kind words Kav.

Vic Eldred
5  Vic Eldred    5 months ago

I hope to see you right here from now on.

Galen Marvin Ross
5.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    5 months ago

I'll do what I can Vic, it's going to be an everyday thing for me during the week, I'll see what I can do on Saturday's and, after treatments. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

Bob Nelson
6  Bob Nelson    5 months ago

Best wishes, Galen..

Galen Marvin Ross
6.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Bob Nelson @6    5 months ago

Thanks Bob.

7  1stwarrior    5 months ago

Galen - I have high hopes for you.  Follow the Doc's instructions and you'll kick this can down the road.

Best wishes bud.

8  Freefaller    5 months ago

Best o luck to ya, I'm sure you'd be back in full fighting order in no time

9  Uptownchick    5 months ago


Good luck and best wishes, my friend. 

Galen Marvin Ross
9.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Uptownchick @9    5 months ago

(((((Ms. T)))))))

10  JohnRussell    5 months ago

Good luck with your treatment and quick recovery Galen. 

11  Ender    5 months ago

Hugs to you Galen.

You got this.

I know you probably won't feel like coming on but just know we are here and in your corner.


Galen Marvin Ross
11.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Ender @11    5 months ago
I know you probably won't feel like coming on but just know we are here and in your corner.

I'm Irish and, Scottish, this thing has no idea who it attacked but, it will find out.

12  cobaltblue    5 months ago

Oh Galen. What a rollercoaster ... I begin to read and my heart grows heavy. I begin to feel helpless. Then I see they caught it early! That gave me hope. I realized then that helplessness is not the same thing as hopelessness. I don't just hope this is just a blip in your health history, I'm positive with the early diagnosis, your innate sense of determination and with the love of your family and friends that this daunting time will soon be in the rearview mirror of your life. I love you, and kick this throat cancer's ass. I'm afraid the disease has no idea who it's dealing with.

I send you this Native American prayer: “May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.” 

Love you. 

Galen Marvin Ross
12.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  cobaltblue @12    5 months ago

Cobalt, you always bring a smile to my face and, joy to my heart, thank you.

13  Snuffy    5 months ago

Here's hoping that everything works out well for you. Best wishes for successful treatment and a quick and easy recovery.

Galen Marvin Ross
13.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Snuffy @13    5 months ago

Two treatments down only 23 more to go.

13.1.1  PJ  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @13.1    5 months ago

I thought about you throughout the day yesterday. 

Two treatments down only 23 more to go.

One step at a time....soon you'll be running.  jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

Galen Marvin Ross
13.1.2  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  PJ @13.1.1    5 months ago

Yep, gonna happen soon,

Raven Wing
14  Raven Wing    5 months ago

Galen, my heart and prayers are with you. It may be a scary time for you, but, hoping that since they caught it early you will be able to survive it.

Please think positive and know that your Friends here on NT are with you and here for you. If you need shoulders to lean on, there are plenty here that are ready and willing for you to lean on. 

Remember.....we are all related. 

nv-wa-do-hi-ya-dv (Peace)

Galen Marvin Ross
14.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Raven Wing @14    5 months ago

((((Raven Wing))))

15  devangelical    5 months ago

take it slow GMR

16  MrFrost    5 months ago

Hang in there Brother. 

charger 383
17  charger 383    5 months ago

good luck and a full recovery

18  TTGA    5 months ago

We'll be thinking of you Galen.  Any time you need to talk, we are here to listen (sometimes talking about things helps get you over the hard parts).

19  Kathleen    5 months ago

Hugs to you Galen...

I know you will pull through this and I will be thinking of you...

I am here if you need someone to talk to.

20  arkpdx    5 months ago

We rarely see eye to eye on anything but I think we can agree on this. Listen and do what your doctors say and heal and recover ASAP!  You will begin my thoughts and prayers! 

Galen Marvin Ross
20.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  arkpdx @20    5 months ago

Ark, it's only politics that we disagree on, that doesn't matter in the long run of life and, I will do what you say, thanks.

20.1.1  arkpdx  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @20.1    5 months ago

I was just thinking the same thing.  Goes to show you that sometimes great minds do think alike! 😉

Galen Marvin Ross
20.1.2  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  arkpdx @20.1.1    5 months ago

LOL, I always believed that. Now, get ready, I'm coming over to other seeds.

Buzz of the Orient
21  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

POSITIVE THINKING!!!  You are going to beat it.  A friend of mine who preached it and practised it gave her a long life without re-occurrence.  My sister-in-law preached and practised positive thinking and was in remission for about 40 years, surviving breast cancer almost to age 80.  POSITIVE THINKING!!!  From what you've written above, I believe you ARE thinking positively, and you have good reason to do so. 

22  GregTx    5 months ago

Best of luck and a speedy recovery Galen.

pat wilson
23  pat wilson    5 months ago

Best to you Galen, sounds like you'll beat this for sure. We're thinking about you !

24  sandy-2021492    5 months ago

Best of luck, Galen.  You'll come through this just fine.

25  dave-2693993    5 months ago

Best thoughts and energy to you Galen.

26  lib50    5 months ago

Good luck with the treatment, keep your spirits up as best as possible, and come out cancer free with a lifetime ahead.  Wish you the best.

27  PJ    5 months ago

I am wishing you the best possible outcome and will eagerly wait for an update when you are ready to share. 

Perrie Halpern R.A.
28  Perrie Halpern R.A.    5 months ago

Hi Galen,

I am so sorry to hear about the cancer, but the good news is that they got it early. I know someone who had stage 2 throat cancer but had the same treatment ( just longer) and is now 10+ years later cancer free. So let's keep our fingers crossed for the same outcome. 

Stay positive!

Wishing you all the best and know that the community is here for you as am I. 

Galen Marvin Ross
28.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @28    5 months ago

Perrie, love you and, thank you for the support you have given me.

29  Enoch    5 months ago

Dear Brother Galen Marvin Ross: You are in my thoughts and prayers for the best possible outcome.

I am here for you.

Please never hesitate to contact me by site private note.

From there we can go directly to private emails. 

Whatever you want and need in the way of pastoral care and emotional support, let me know.

This is what I do.

No need ever to feel alone with this.

Peace and Abundant Blessings.


Galen Marvin Ross
29.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Enoch @29    5 months ago

Dear Enoch, Thank you for the offer and, I will take you up on it if it is needed,

remember that we are on different paths but, expect the same outcome in life,

I know that Yahweh keeps the door open and, I expect to walk through at some point but, 

I won't be doing it for some time. jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

29.1.1  Enoch  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @29.1    5 months ago

Dear Friend Galen Marvin Ross: Amen (So be it).

We look forward to your gracing us with your presence and wisdom for many years to come. 

Recall that as a Chaplain my role is to respect the values, beliefs and lifestyles of any and all who seek Pastoral Care.

Never worry about us being moved in diverse ways personally.

That will not affect whatever you need from me.

Always what you need and want, only on the terms that are meaningful to you.




30  luther28    5 months ago

Be well and sooner than later.

Galen Marvin Ross
31  author  Galen Marvin Ross    5 months ago

I'll be back tomorrow, 7/19, today was pretty good, I've learned that I lost 9lbs. so that's a blessing. The treatments seem to be working but, I won't know until they decide to take more pictures and, no you gross MFers, I'm not going to post them.

Bob Nelson
32  Bob Nelson    5 months ago
I'll be back tomorrow


Galen Marvin Ross
32.1  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Bob Nelson @32    5 months ago

Sorry, I had a hard time on the 19th and, had to take a weekend to recoop.

pat wilson
32.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Galen Marvin Ross @32.1    5 months ago

Hang in there.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
32.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  pat wilson @32.1.1    5 months ago

My thoughts are with you Galen. I know you will find the inner strength to carry on. Please keep us posted! 

Galen Marvin Ross
32.1.3  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  pat wilson @32.1.1    5 months ago


Galen Marvin Ross
32.1.4  author  Galen Marvin Ross  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @32.1.2    5 months ago

I won't give up without a fight. I haven't missed a session with radiation since I started, that's why I get so tired but, a nap and, some rest with my feet up and, I'm just fine.


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