Not Knives, but Life/Death - Please Read

Apr 18, 1999
I hope you will excuse me for using this forum in this manner. I have had an experience over the last five days I want to share with you in the hope you or those you love or who love you will not have a similar experience.

Last Wednesday, my wife of thirty years and the mother of my two grown children was admitted to a local hospital because she was experiencing problems with her female organs.
Her doctor had already determined there where cells which were precancerous and surgury was necessary. Due to many complications, the outcome was uncertain until today. The doctors were not optimistic, but it appears now my wife is ok. There was no cancer.

My wife has been a very healthy person all her life and has seen no reason to see a doctor on a regular basis. I don't know why she did this time. Her doctor said she was very fortunate to have done so because she was right on the edge. Early detection probably saved her life.

The moral of the story, and I am sure you have heard this before, is the importance of early detection. Men and women should undergo certain uncomfortable and humilitating examinations once they reach a certain age. Please urge those you care about and by all means, if you are at the age where annual checkups are necessary, put aside your pride or machismo and do the right thing for yourselves and your families by having these examinations yourselves.

I hope I don't sound too preachy, but if I do, my heart is in the right place.

Best regards,


[This message has been edited by Willie Boy (edited 01 August 1999).]
Good advice. As a practicing veterinarian, I would also reccommend annual exams for the four legged family members as well. I have never been sorry I diagnosed a case too soon.

What? Another knife? Don't you have enough of those things already?
How many does one person need?

WB, good advice for all. My prayers are with your family.

Same here. Not even one tiny little knife?

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"
I second the good advice.What could be more important than the health of you and your loved ones. My 26 year old wife(mother of two beutiful girls) was diagnosed with M/S this past week but it is early and we will fight this battle tooth and nail. I would appreciate everybody's prayers if you're of such persuasion.

Maybe you're right. I'll bet her doctor used a knife. I could have turned my story into a knife saga after all.


Good advise, take it from willie and take it seriously. My dad passed away because of late detection of cancer. My regards to your wife and family.
(Maybe the doctor used a custom made sculple?)

[This message has been edited by keninshiro (edited 01 August 1999).]
It is certainly a good message to spread around; With modern medical science, many people in this day and age are under the impression that they can coast through life, being reckless with their own physical (and mental) wellbeing with no recourse. It goes to show that even the healthy get sick, it is at it's best and worst human to do so. Once again, thank you for the message of concern, you must be a very caring and humanitarian sole to share your potential tragedy with us for the better of us all.


Robert Joseph Ansbro

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
-Stanley Kubrick, 1928-1999
Yea, I go in once a year to be waved at by my urologist. A small indignity to suffer, cause if I get prostate cancer I want to catch it early.
Okay, this is sort of in line with this topic.

4 levels of love, as defined by Bernard of Claiveau, he was a monk.

level 1 -- One loves one's self for self's sake.

Level 2 -- One loves others for self's sake.

Level 3 -- One loves others for others' sake.

Is there a higher level? Look at this:

Level 4 -- One loves one's self for others' sake.

Not only urge those you care about to take care of themselves (level 3 love), but take care of yourself, make yourself the best you can be for the sake of those you love (level 4)

Think on it a while. It has permeated every facet of my life.

Willie Boy,

Wishing you and your family the best. Events like that remind us that family is #1 and knives lay somewhere behind it.

Early detection is KEY. My mom died from ovarian cancer, though they found it real early. Bottom line is, when your time is up, you go. I hope everyone gets to be an old grey haired person with a big stash of knives and other toys, and lots of grandchildren to inherit it all

Terribly sorry...hope everything turns out for the best. -AR


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- Intelligent men, unfortunately, learn from fools, more often than fools learn from intelligent men.

Thanks for the advice. It is very well taken and not out of place.

Best Regards,
Mike Turber
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Do it! Do it right! Do it right NOW!

Willie Boy,

Though not about knives, your post is a thoughtful and much appreciated reminder. As one who has watched four of his family members die of cancer, I am truly happy that your wife is recovering. May you grow old and continue to be blessed together.


Your wife will be in my prayers, as will you and your kids.

Thanks for posting this. Our prayers are with you and yours too.

A few years back my wife had a problem and kept trying to tell me it was just because of her starting menopause.I kept telling her she had a problem and to please go to the Dr.
One day I finally had enough and said that if she didn't make an appointment in two weeks that I was going to make one for her. (She had never been sick and those are the kinds of people that die suddenly many times.)
She did go and a couple of large cysts was found and taken care of and everything turned out ok I am happy to say.

I don't remember who it was that talked about the prostate cancer,but that is an excellent point.
Don't just have the PSA test,get the physical one too.If you thnk that is bad and undignified just think what the results of having your prostate removed is. Us men can be pretty damned foolish when it comes to that somtimes!


The civilized man sleeps behind locked doors in the city while the naked savage sleeps (with a knife) in a open hut in the jungle.
Glad to hear that The Reaper lost a skirmish!

With the help of the surgeon's knife.

And why do so many folks, for personal or political malice, think that The Reaper needs their help? The Reaper is enemy enough.

Our prayers, in our various faiths and languages, are with you and yours.

AKTI Member # SA00001

[This message has been edited by James Mattis (edited 02 August 1999).]
My best regards, as well, are with your family. My fiancee's mom got diagnosed w/ breast cancer last year and they said that she'd have a 40% chance of survival PER chemotherapy treatment program. She underwent two. Thankfully, she won those battles and is well on the road to recovery. Willie Boy, your advice is something many of us should take seriously, and I for one appreciate the reminder. For my fiancee's mom, it was barely caught in time to treat it (even though she had regular mammograms, the doctors didn't see it until the fifth one--no malpractice suit, though). I don't think they used a scalpel w/ her, though, so I guess my little story's just as outta place as yours.
Again, my best wishes.
To Forum Members:

Thank you all so much for all your kind thoughts. It was heartwarming to receive your good wishes. I picked my wife up from the hospital this morning and she resting in bed. I have just printed this thread to show her how kind and caring knife owners and formum members are.

Thanks again,