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Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018

18 Dec 15 - 01:12 AM (#3759203)
Subject: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I start on Monday having been turned down for surgery.
Not looking good.
Anyone out there had any personal experience of chemo? I have been told it is less debilitating than it used to be. Hope so.

I am getting a briefing about it at the hospital today.
Will report back later.


Oct. 17, 2018 announcement from Keith

Nov. 23, 2018 post from Lynne Heraud


18 Dec 15 - 02:25 AM (#3759213)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Joe Offer

Good luck, Keith.
-Joe-


18 Dec 15 - 02:41 AM (#3759215)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Musket

The real me to the real you.

Good luck. Listen carefully and remember to take in the positive as well as the negative aspects of what they say. Chemotherapy is a group term and no two situations are the same, being a combination of your body and the help these drugs give it in suppressing or deleting the problem. Oncology has come on in leaps and bounds over the years and as someone involved at periphery of care, I see the increasing quality of life these interventions can give.

It's the result not the process you need to focus on. But vastly more importantly, listen to the experts, not the irratic world of blokes on the Internet. That said, you'd be surprised how many on here have been there.


18 Dec 15 - 02:47 AM (#3759217)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

Good luck, Keith and sincere wishes for success of the treatment.

Cheers

Dave


18 Dec 15 - 02:50 AM (#3759218)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Kampervan

Absolutely agree with everything that Musket has said.

But also,Be Positive.

The way that you approach this can make so much difference both to the process and the outcome. Go into it confidently, knowing that it's just something that you've got to do and then you can move on. And as Musket says, listen to the professionals.


18 Dec 15 - 02:59 AM (#3759221)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

The very best of good luck to you, Keith.
Charlie


18 Dec 15 - 05:09 AM (#3759237)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,hiLo

Best of luck to You Keith .


18 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM (#3759238)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw

All the best from me, Keith. Keep yer pecker up!


18 Dec 15 - 05:35 AM (#3759240)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Will Fly

And from me too, Keith. As Musket and others have said, focus on the positive, end results more than anything else. Good luck.

Will


18 Dec 15 - 06:26 AM (#3759253)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Mr Red

a local friend is going through it. He reported tiredness for a day or two after each episode. But he was in the Farmers' Market with his dogs & wife supping tea 4 days later so I would suggest - get in the DVDs and a good book.


18 Dec 15 - 08:58 AM (#3759267)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gillymor

Chin up, Keith, it looks like you've got a lot of folks rooting for you, myself included.


18 Dec 15 - 09:18 AM (#3759274)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Stilly River Sage

Laughter is the best companion to chemo, if not precisely the best medicine, and friends who have found watching old episodes of the funniest programs they can find to be helpful. I'm not sure what those might be on your side of the pond, but I'm sure a list will form if you ask. The flip side of that is to spend less time fighting on mudcat. Stick with the music threads, they'll always do you right!

Wishing you a great outcome, Keith.


18 Dec 15 - 10:02 AM (#3759294)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks for the good will everyone.
It means a lot to me.

My talk was encouraging too, but I was warned it can effect some folk worse than others.

There were a few people in the suite receiving treatment, and they seemed comfortable and relaxed. Some quite jolly!

My wife Mary has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, but we do not know what her treatment will be yet.

Thanks again. So grateful for the good wishes.
I will tell you how I get on.
keith.


18 Dec 15 - 11:29 AM (#3759331)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie

Keith, it's different for everyone and yet in many ways the same. You will both find your best support from people who've been through it, and this often starts with one's fellow chemo-appointment folks.

Don't forget to take some music on earbuds with you, and to be kind to yourself. And laughter-- it may come in odd places and will always do you a world of good.

Thanks for telling us about it. And telling and telling, in the days ahead.

It's a marathon, not a sprint... take time to look about, on this journey.


All the best,

~Susan


18 Dec 15 - 11:51 AM (#3759338)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude

All the best, please keep us posted. My wife's path was not too bad at all. She was tired and slept a lot but it was ok. In my prayers and thoughts. Just listen to the docs and make sure you eat good healthy stuff to keep up your strength


18 Dec 15 - 11:56 AM (#3759339)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: EBarnacle

Have faith in yourself and in your future. If Jimmy Carter can beat the Dark Side, the odds are always improving.


18 Dec 15 - 12:04 PM (#3759341)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton

Keith is one of the strongest and straightest people I know, if anyone can beat this , it will be Keith....very best wishes my friend.

PM you later.


18 Dec 15 - 02:33 PM (#3759390)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Peter from seven stars link

Wishing you well keith, and posted with a prayer. Blessings. Pete.


18 Dec 15 - 02:43 PM (#3759392)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bonzo3legs

My wife is on permanent low dose chemotherapy medication for her bone marrow disease. Sorry to hear of your bad luck and wish you all the best.


18 Dec 15 - 02:46 PM (#3759394)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: LilyFestre

Keith,

   I went through chemotherapy and would be happy to answer any questions you have as best I can. :) There are some tips and tricks to making some of it easier. Send me a PM and I'd be happy to share.

OXOXOXO

Michelle


18 Dec 15 - 02:54 PM (#3759396)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST

Eat well to keep your weight up and do some pot if you suffer from nausea and need to stimulate your appetite.


18 Dec 15 - 03:08 PM (#3759401)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I am deeply touched by everyone's kindness, and shared experiences.
Thanks everyone.

As yet I have no pain, or any symptoms except I can't eat so much.
I think pancreatic cancer is often like that.
I still would not know I had it but it blocked my bile duct turning me yellow!

A clever man with an endoscope and a stent fixed that for me, but the cancer was already too far gone for surgery, unless the chemo shrinks it.

My onc. reckons a one in four chance.
keith.


18 Dec 15 - 03:35 PM (#3759407)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gnu

My thoughts and prayers, Keith. Visit the Jane's Rainbow thread if you care to... we sail in this ship together.


18 Dec 15 - 06:31 PM (#3759457)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Musket

Reality puts dancing on the head of an angel (or whatever the analogy is) into perspective.

In the real world, we have many things to consider and take stock about.

I genuinely look forward to completely disagreeing with you in the strongest terms you or I can articulate on a keyboard on the many issues of life that frankly don't affect either of us at all.

Your journey back to where you started is about the real world and in that, I am thinking about you. Not praying because I don't don't that. Not muttering platitudes because I don't do that. But can't wait till your energy is back to a level where we can both enjoy the cathartic joy of winding each other up. You enjoy it as much as I do. A close relative is perhaps a couple of months further into their treatment than you for the same problem. DVD box sets seem to keep her from being bored. Bubble gum entertainment is not so bad when you feel knackered till you get used to the treatment.

I am sat in a hotel lobby right now because I don't enjoy the disco. I am at a Chrimbo dinner for a cancer charity Mrs Musket and do voluntary work for. The people around me right now have been where you are and are enjoying themselves. Yeah, listen to the experts as I said earlier but you and your good wife should also listen to yourselves and don't let the bastard grind you down. Mrs Musket cures and contains your wife's issue for a living and the success stories give her the impetus to enjoy her work.

Ian.


18 Dec 15 - 09:22 PM (#3759495)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

Keith, I have no personal experience with this-yet. I know many who have been down that road as you probably do, too. I'm sending love and positive thoughts and hope you will update us as often as you can.


19 Dec 15 - 06:18 AM (#3759561)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks again everyone.
Musket, I agree with everything in your post and you are also right about me.
Not often I can say that!
Thanks Musket and all for taking the time to write.
keith.


19 Dec 15 - 10:09 AM (#3759618)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve

Here you go, Keith. Enjoy in good health!
Click here to laugh!


19 Dec 15 - 05:41 PM (#3759747)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Lanfranc sans cookie

Keith

We're going through some of the same at present. Elizabeth goes into hospital in Ipswich on Christmas Eve for a hysterectomy necessitated by a tumour. We're still coming to terms with it as it has only been a few weeks since the symptoms first arose.

At our age I suppose that we should expect such problems, but the eternal teenager within still expects immortality.

We wish both you and Mary all the very best.

Alan


20 Dec 15 - 04:58 AM (#3759829)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

So sorry to hear that you will have a worrying and difficult Christmas Alan.
Please send our love to Elizabeth, and many thanks for the e-card.
keith.


20 Dec 15 - 05:36 AM (#3759838)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,MikeL2

Hi Keith

I have had Chemo - about 20 years ago.

There is some good advice here especially by Musket.

listen to the medical advice and think of the goal ahead.

In my experience the oncologists were fantastic as were all the other medics that were involved.

I found the treatment debilitating at first but my body ( or was it my brain?)soon began to adapt and I lived with it with the help of my wife and family.
As you said Chemo treatment has improved since I had it and so has the total approach to the disease.

I also had to have Radio Therapy and again this has improved over the years.

I was treated at The Christie in Manchester ( Then called Christies).
Hospital). I was given all the help,assistance and advice from the staff that helped me enormously. I was given a telephone number and told if I had any problems to call it. I did have one panic attack in the middle of the night and the then Head of Oncology came out to see me and assured me that the problem I was having was part of the treatment and quite normal.

Best Wishes

Mike


20 Dec 15 - 08:26 AM (#3759861)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks.
The staff at Lister, Stevenage have been very good too.


20 Dec 15 - 11:35 AM (#3759892)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude

Hi Mike, I am so happy you are doing well after 20 years. All the best, happy holidays


20 Dec 15 - 09:06 PM (#3759977)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

Alan, I hope things go well for Elizabeth.


20 Dec 15 - 09:40 PM (#3759978)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Janie

No first-hand experience or knowledge to offer, Keith. But all my good wishes for you and also for your spouse. Will hold you both in my thoughts and meditations.

Janie


21 Dec 15 - 05:24 AM (#3760032)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,MikeL2

Hi Dan

Thanks for the nice comment.

Great to hear from you. hope your are keeping well . Take care.

Best Seasonal wishes to you and yours.

Regards

Mike


23 Dec 15 - 02:50 AM (#3760412)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Backwoodsman

Keith, I just found this thread via another one - sorry I'm late arriving!
I've no experience or advice - never been in your situation - so all I can offer is my genuine best wishes to you and your wife, and hope for a good outcome for both of you.
I will be thinking of you as, I'm sure, all on Mudcat wil be.
Best,
BWM


23 Dec 15 - 03:10 AM (#3760413)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Stu

All the best to you and your wife Keith, and keep your eye on your goal. I hope it goes well for you both.


23 Dec 15 - 04:30 AM (#3760420)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Will Fly

I have a set of my village photos as postcards for sale in a local shop - all profits from the sale of which go to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

You would find it difficult to buy the postcards without walking up my village street, but the link to the PCRF is here if anyone feels moved to contribute.

And, if you're curious, the postcards.


23 Dec 15 - 09:14 AM (#3760467)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#

Keith, there are so many well-wishes to you and I'd like to add mine in a meandering way.

1) Cancer sucks, and there ain't no doubt about it.

2) Attitude and determination: Know you have a fight ahead of you and decide now that the winner's gonna be you.

3) "Like, stay positive, Dude." I knew someone who talked like that. I think he was from California and really liked the 1960s.

4) Keep your sense of humour. It will be one of your best friends in the times ahead for both your missus and you.

Draw on your reserves of strength, your reserves of philosophy. You have much of each, Keith, and lots of folks behind you.


23 Dec 15 - 09:20 AM (#3760470)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Your messages mean so much to me.
Thank you all.
My chemo day was not too bad, but we lost our much loved old dog today which has set us back a bit.
Bless you all,
keith.


23 Dec 15 - 12:03 PM (#3760510)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Peter from seven stars link

Glad the session was reasonable. Always sad to lose a long loved dog. How long had he been part of the family ?


23 Dec 15 - 12:10 PM (#3760511)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Teribus

Very sorry to hear your news, lots of very good advice above, above all stay positive. My thoughts and best wishes are with both yourself and your wife in seeing you both through this.


23 Dec 15 - 08:40 PM (#3760594)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dorothy Parshall

A friend who helped his wife beat a "death sentence" of a cancer some years ago, recently sent me the following for a friend whose husband was refusing her the use of cannibis:


http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq
This info/source is as conventional as it gets, with reticence in terms of hemp/cannabis as having cancer curing qualities/potential, but still opening the door politely....
Second: introduce hubby to the fact that conventional cancer treatment in North America is dollar driven, and cheap cures are anathema; or, in more simple language, cures = loss of medical/pharmaceutical income. Just a fact.
Third: Encourage hubby to educate himself: Go on internet and type in "cannabis and cancer" etc.
For example:   http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279571.php (headline:
Cannabis reduces tumor growth in study)

My friend's wife is alive and healthy and working as a nurse.


23 Dec 15 - 09:28 PM (#3760600)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

Keith - I'm not going to be my usual flippant piss taking persona...

petty forum personality clashes and political wind ups fall into a greater perspective
when confronted by reality of illness and hospital treatment..

take care, be strong, get well...

come back her fighting fit....


23 Dec 15 - 10:45 PM (#3760607)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

or even come back here...

.. Keith I realise I don't actually know much about you..

how old you are ? what you do in real life ? if you are a musician ?...

But remember music therapy is a wonderful aid to well being
and mudcat is a place to find comfort and inspiration in times of stress and upset
from us assorted bunch positively odd and bonkers music obsessives... 😎


24 Dec 15 - 10:59 AM (#3760662)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg no-cookie

(((Keith)))

~S~


25 Dec 15 - 10:14 PM (#3760847)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

Keith, I'm sorry about your dog.


26 Dec 15 - 07:06 AM (#3760893)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Feeling the effects of the chemo today and yesterday. A good thing I suppose.


26 Dec 15 - 07:47 AM (#3760901)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

Wish I had something more useful to say but, nevertheless sending more good thoughts your way, Keith.
Charlie.


26 Dec 15 - 07:59 AM (#3760903)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#

Hang tough, Keith.


26 Dec 15 - 08:47 AM (#3760915)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Megan L

Hope all goes well with the chemo for you


26 Dec 15 - 08:54 AM (#3760917)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney

I'll second that.


26 Dec 15 - 01:55 PM (#3760953)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude

Stay strong my friend, we are right beside you for anything you need. Got your back my brother


26 Dec 15 - 02:12 PM (#3760955)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks so much everyone.
I feel your warmth.
keith.


26 Dec 15 - 10:41 PM (#3761022)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

More warmth on the way from Rhode Island!


27 Dec 15 - 12:34 PM (#3761122)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie

What do you need, to ease those effects? For next time?

~Susan


27 Dec 15 - 01:05 PM (#3761128)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Susan, Mary is keeping a record of all my symptoms. We will talk to the onc and the pharmacist between treatments in case they can suggest things to help.
Thanks for asking,
keith.


28 Dec 15 - 10:35 AM (#3761302)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#

How you feeling, Keith?


29 Dec 15 - 04:57 AM (#3761464)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

A bit better thanks.
Second dose next week. That will set me back a bit.


29 Dec 15 - 10:17 AM (#3761520)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#

Just ensure you stick to whatever diet you've been put on, Keith.


29 Dec 15 - 10:47 AM (#3761526)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie

Keith, good to hear you are tracking symptoms. It's so important to be your best possible advocate with your team, and to remember-- you're the captain.


30 Sep 16 - 06:52 AM (#3812013)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I have just come out of hospital where I was isolated and on IV antibiotics after my last dose of chemo.

After some initial shrinking the chemo was no longer making much difference and not worth continuing. The last dose knocked out my platelets, white cells, neutrophils, haemoglobin and much else leaving me with no immunity or resistance to bleeding.
A brain bleed or an infection would have done for me, so the decision to stop was inevitable anyway.

We have opted for a course of radiotherapy, but there is only a 10% chance of any success.

As of now, I feel my old self and have no symptoms so we can get on with enjoying our time together.
I should have a good year of quality life, and maybe two or three. The docs. can't say how long because it is so variable, but some people do go on for years.

I will have the tube in my arm taken out as soon as the bleeding risk allows, and have a stent changed. The R therapy lasts five and a half weeks, then I am free to enjoy everything life has to offer.

Thanks for all the good will and kind thoughts.
keith.


30 Sep 16 - 08:01 AM (#3812018)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve

Welcome home then, Keith. I'm sure other Mudcatters will be here soon. In the meantime, my best thoughts for your comfort and joy, and the same to Mary.

Maeve


30 Sep 16 - 10:05 AM (#3812037)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thank you maeve.
I should have added that following surgery and radiotherapy Mary is now free of cancer.


30 Sep 16 - 10:25 AM (#3812043)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

Best thoughts and regards to you both, Keith
Charlie


30 Sep 16 - 01:50 PM (#3812077)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve

Keith,
That's welcome news that Mary is now cancer free. I'd ask that you keep in mind there is hope, and living, for you- None of us has a guarantee beyond this moment.


30 Sep 16 - 03:14 PM (#3812090)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: The Sandman

KEITH Did not realise you were ill only just found this thread, all the best get well


30 Sep 16 - 04:19 PM (#3812104)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: mayomick

get well soon , Keith


30 Sep 16 - 05:30 PM (#3812108)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel

Be thankful they found the bugger. There are lots of nice folk that have your back.


30 Sep 16 - 07:02 PM (#3812117)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link

Prayer and best wishes from me too keith .


26 Oct 16 - 07:11 PM (#3816717)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

Your course of treatment must be near its end. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.


26 Oct 16 - 08:14 PM (#3816731)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Janie

Thinking of you, Keith. While I hope the doctors predictions are wrong, hat off to you for focusing on enjoying each day. In the fwiw department, when my dad got a similar prognosis he determined to have a wonderful, rich life, one day at a time, and those of us who loved him followed his lead. I will be forever grateful that he weighed the odds based on good medical advice, and opted for quality of life.

Hope you can access this video in the UK. (and maybe without the USA politcal ads:>) For the Birds - Bruce Cockburn


27 Oct 16 - 06:38 AM (#3816775)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks you two.
I started my new treatment on Monday, and it goes on every weekday for 28 sessions. I get radio therapy and chemo tablets to take every day I have the treatment.
Apart from tiredness, no ill effects so far.
Gambling that I will be well enough, I have booked a holiday for Mary and me in January.

The video is not available here, but thanks for the thought.
Thanks again,
keith.


27 Oct 16 - 04:54 PM (#3816843)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

My mistake, Keith. I mistakenly believed back at your earlier post that your new treatment would commence right away, however you say your five-and-a-half weeks are just beginning. respect! Keeping you in the light.


27 Oct 16 - 08:16 PM (#3816867)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

I'm still wishing you the best and sending love.


28 Oct 16 - 10:11 AM (#3816902)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Your kind words mean much to me.
Thank you.


27 Nov 16 - 05:43 PM (#3823129)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

You and your family are not forgotten. Can't guess how you are, but I know if it was me, I would be reluctant to bleat and moan repeatedly, even if that was all I really felt up to doing at the time...

Remembering that you are going through a course of treatment that may be an ordeal at times; just to let you know that you are thought of, here on this thread ... also on the Jane's Rainbow thread if you ever peek over there.


28 Nov 16 - 03:01 AM (#3823181)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson

Whatever about the effect of cannabis on tumours, I heard a BBC World radio programme the other day in which an American woman was interviewed. Her friend had rung her up some years ago and asked her could he borrow one of her husband's guns. "Why do you want that?" she asked, and he said it was to take his own life. The sickness from chemotherapy was too dreadful, and he reckoned he was just waiting to die.
She went over to visit him, bringing not a gun but a joint, and 20 minutes after smoking it, she said, his nausea was gone and he was rarin' to go.
She then went and applied for a licence to run a legal clinic supplying medical cannabis, and has been running it for 10 years or so.
Now, of course she was advertising, and so was going to be bigging up the product she's selling - but it might be worth talking to your doctor, Keith. It may help with radiotherapy's effects too.
Holding you in the light.


28 Nov 16 - 03:03 AM (#3823182)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson

Incidentally, if you're worried about lessened alertness and so on, apparently medical cannabis has the THC (the stuff that gets people stoned) removed, so that's not a problem. What works in medical cannabis is other ingredients than the one that causes the stoner-ness.


28 Nov 16 - 11:10 AM (#3823258)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

keberoxu, good to hear from you and to be remembered. Thank you.
And thanks for the info. Thompson.
I finish my course of radio/chemo on Wednesday, and it has been much less gruelling than the chemo I had before.

I will not know if it has helped until a scan, but it would be unrealistic to get my hopes up.
It is over a year since my diagnosis so I am already well ahead of the odds for pancreatic cancer.
I will try to get on a trial for one of the new biological treatments if I can.
Thanks again,
keith


28 Nov 16 - 06:06 PM (#3823349)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

Glad to hear that this treatment is less of an ordeal than what started the thread....and that you are still with us.


28 Nov 16 - 06:20 PM (#3823352)
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From: Sandra in Sydney

I'll second that!


28 Nov 16 - 07:49 PM (#3823377)
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From: Steve Shaw

You're one of the biggest cocks it's ever been my misfortune to encounter online or anyone else, Keith, but I dearly wish you all the best for a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life.


28 Nov 16 - 09:09 PM (#3823388)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw

Anywhere else


14 Dec 16 - 12:36 PM (#3826479)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

You revived this thread, Keith, over eight weeks ago after being released from hospital. Your more recent course of treatment can't have been pleasant, but perhaps it is completed by now. Best wishes for the holidays for you and yours.


15 Dec 16 - 05:43 AM (#3826609)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks for your kind wishes.
The radio/chemo was not too bad thanks. I think the radio ha messed up my stomach a bit, but they warned the effects are at their worst two weeks after, which is now.

A scan will show if it has shrunk enough to operate, but that is a very small chance so nature will take its course.

I hope you have a healthy, peaceful and joyous Christmas.
Very best wishes,
keith.


15 Dec 16 - 08:12 AM (#3826629)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney

best wishes to you & your family, Keith


15 Dec 16 - 01:10 PM (#3826699)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link

And from me too keith


15 Dec 16 - 07:05 PM (#3826765)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude

And in my prayers, take it easy bro we need you around here


15 Dec 16 - 07:59 PM (#3826771)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

Keith, I'll join in with prayers, too.


16 Dec 16 - 03:55 AM (#3826803)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I am deeply moved.
Mary and I are great believers in the power of prayer.
You all have our thanks and best wishes
keith.


16 Dec 16 - 07:06 PM (#3826978)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel

Nutrition is important too.

Avocados are rich in protein, healthy fat and vitamins.
It has a long history in the realm of chemotherapy and diet.


17 Dec 16 - 05:19 PM (#3827134)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Hollowfox

You have my prayers and good thoughts, as well as a Genuine Purebred Midwestern $#@!-Reduction candle that will get fired up for you as soon as I'm off the computer. These candles let you know that somebody in the world gives a $#@! about you, and express the hope that however things turn out, it will go as smoothly as possible.


18 Dec 16 - 10:57 AM (#3827202)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thanks for the candle.
We use them here in our prayers too.


18 Dec 16 - 05:17 PM (#3827254)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton

You know how we feel about Mary and yourself Keith, but it does no harm to record that we are following your progress with all possible good wishes. A.


23 Dec 16 - 04:29 PM (#3828339)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

Keith and Mary, congratulations on arriving at one more Christmas together. Hope Keith feels better enough to savor a bit of a Christmas feast. You all are remembered on the Jane's Rainbow thread as well. Thanking you, also, for your prayers on everyone's behalf.


24 Dec 16 - 05:02 AM (#3828405)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I am well just now thanks and looking forward to a Christmas I did not expect to see.
Thanks again for you concern, love, prayers and wishes.
Bless us every one.
keith.


08 Apr 17 - 04:09 AM (#3849401)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Dear Well-wishers.
An amazing thing has happened to me.
Although little hope was given for the last treatment (radio-chemo) a subsequent CT scan revealed "no measurable residual mass" where the tumour had been!

The surgeon will now operate, but there is still something on the artery which despite a PET scan (interesting!) could possibly contain cancer. If it does he will abandon the procedure. (Whipple procedure)

The operation is scheduled for the 24th.
Thank you for your good wishes and prayers. They worked!
keith.


08 Apr 17 - 04:23 AM (#3849403)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

Good news, Keith. Fingers crossed here.

All the best

Dave


08 Apr 17 - 07:37 AM (#3849429)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad

Wow! Great news Keith, here's hoping for the best on your next procedure.


08 Apr 17 - 09:01 AM (#3849437)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton

The best news I have heard in what has been a horrible year for my family.

Thank you for letting us know Keith......I hope my hypocritical atheist prayers helped just a little.....I'm going to church fairly regularly just in case :0)

Joy and happiness to Mary and yourself over this lovely news....Alex.


08 Apr 17 - 10:23 AM (#3849457)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel

Excellent, here's hoping all procedures are in the past.


08 Apr 17 - 06:40 PM (#3849549)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

The OP on this thread stated that surgery would have been preferable but the doctors had decided against it. So I take it that to be a candidate, now, for surgery is a great improvement.

So take all the improvements you can get! Continued prayers.


08 Apr 17 - 11:50 PM (#3849593)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney

excellent news.


09 Apr 17 - 02:50 AM (#3849601)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Thank you all so much.
keith.


09 Apr 17 - 10:43 PM (#3849760)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

I'm glad to read your good news and hope to hear more soon. In the meantime, my prayers will continue.


19 Apr 17 - 05:41 AM (#3851178)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

I am now to be done tomorrow the 20th.
I will tell you how it went as soon as I can.
Bless you all,
keith.


19 Apr 17 - 05:48 AM (#3851179)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

Sending best thoughts and good wishes to you Keith.
Charlie


19 Apr 17 - 07:52 AM (#3851200)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad

Here's wishing for the best outcome, Keith.


19 Apr 17 - 08:45 AM (#3851207)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

I shall say an ancient pagan incantation rather than a prayer for obvious reasons :-)

Touch wood!

Dave


19 Apr 17 - 02:51 PM (#3851275)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bonzo3legs

Best of luck!


19 Apr 17 - 06:32 PM (#3851313)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

I have a little affirmation working for you, that goes:
clean enough for surgery,
clean enough for surgery ...

with reference to your account of a scan that showed something on the artery which, if it proved cancerous, would change the surgeon's plans.

Keeping you in thoughts and prayers, Keith.


19 Apr 17 - 09:34 PM (#3851341)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

It's hard to hold my breath and say a prayer at the same time, but I'm doing it.


27 Apr 17 - 05:19 AM (#3852677)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Home again!
Here are the grisly details.
It was understood that the op would be abandoned if possibility of cancer in the artery.
He was able to clear the artery but not the vein so it was abandoned.
I was under for 6 hours, 3 of which was working on the vein.
He took many samples from all the nearby tissues and organs, and no cancer was found.
That makes this a good news story, and very unusual.

I will be checked for any regrowth every few months, and I should have a reasonable life expectancy now.
That is a remarkable reversal of what I have been living with the last year and a half.

I am very weak and sore fro the op., but much better than I was.  I should be back to normal (?) in a few weeks or months.
Anyway, I am safely home and being well looked after.

Thanks for all your concern, kind thoughts and prayers.
They worked!
Keith and Mary.


27 Apr 17 - 05:44 AM (#3852685)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Senoufou

Adding my prayers and good thoughts for you Keith.

So far, so good eh?

"Keep yew on a-troshing!" as we say in Norfolk.


27 Apr 17 - 06:11 AM (#3852687)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

Good news Keith.

D


27 Apr 17 - 06:40 AM (#3852691)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney

YAH!!!!!!! loud cheers & happy dance!


27 Apr 17 - 12:29 PM (#3852742)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu

I can exhale now!   
To you-know-who be the Glory.


27 Apr 17 - 01:50 PM (#3852753)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link

Amen!   This sounds very encouraging : with a prayer for continued improvement and healing


27 Apr 17 - 02:24 PM (#3852762)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad

Good news Keith, I am happy for you.


27 Apr 17 - 02:28 PM (#3852765)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: MikeL2

Hi Keith

Great News. You deserve it.

Take it steady and listen to the surgeons.

Great news

Regards

MikeL2


27 Apr 17 - 02:35 PM (#3852771)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

All of the above, Keith. Take the very best care.
Charlie.


27 Apr 17 - 04:43 PM (#3852795)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson

Mind yourself, Keith. By the way, do they do that DNA-targeted treatment for the particular cancer that has its teeth temporarily into you? If they can, it's supposed to mean the chemo is less sickmaking but works really well.

(By the way, do you pronounce it keemo or kemmo? I've always heard keemo, but a friend who spent years in the US says kemmo.)


28 Apr 17 - 07:58 PM (#3852948)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass

Exhaling. Now saying prayers of thanks. I hope the chemo goes well.
Thompson, in my part of the US, we say keemo.


29 Apr 17 - 04:34 AM (#3852975)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

In UK it is always "keemo."
I have not been offered any of the new immune treatments but there are trials I could join.

    Posts above are from 2015-2017. -Joe Offer-


17 Oct 18 - 05:34 AM (#3957063)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford

Mary and I have had a great run including some exotic holidays since last post.
We have now come to the end of the road with just weeks to go.
Mercifully, no pain.

I have enjoyed the music resource here, and the many discussions.
I may not post again but I will try to look in.

Love and best wishes to all.
keith


17 Oct 18 - 05:49 AM (#3957069)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: DMcG

I am truly sorry to hear that. Differences of opinion should never blind us to the fact we are talking to real people with real concerns. I very much doubt if there is anything I can do to help, but if there is anything feel free to PM.

I wish you all the best for whatever time you have left.


17 Oct 18 - 05:52 AM (#3957070)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney

may you continue continue pain free.

sending love to you both

sandra


17 Oct 18 - 05:57 AM (#3957071)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Iains

Keith, I am lost for words. I am sorry to hear your news. I wish you all the best
Iain


17 Oct 18 - 07:19 AM (#3957086)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Backwoodsman

Very sorry to hear this, Keith. Past disputes and disagreements are as nothing in comparison to a fellow human being's life and, certainly for me, they are now gone and forgotten. With every good wish to you, Mary, and your family - may you find strength and comfort during what remains of your time here.

All the best, Keith.


17 Oct 18 - 07:42 AM (#3957089)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd

My very best thought to you and yours.
Charlie


17 Oct 18 - 07:44 AM (#3957090)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Senoufou

So sorry Keith. It's hard to find words, but I can only wish you a pain-free journey and peace.
God bless you.


17 Oct 18 - 07:57 AM (#3957091)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

Sorry to hear this too, Keith. I wish you and your family strength and peace in these difficult times.

Dave


17 Oct 18 - 08:16 AM (#3957092)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad

Keith, I am at a loss for words. I wish you peace and serenity on your voyage. I will miss you.


17 Oct 18 - 09:15 AM (#3957095)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: punkfolkrocker

Keith - disagreement, squabbling, and insults, all part of the robust adversarial rough amd tumble games of mudcat BS...

You will be genuinely missed;
this place needs difficult characters to keep us stimulated,
and stop it getting boring...

Our mudcat personas often clashed hard on subjects that we care too personally about..

sorry if I ever went too far in the heat of battle...

But if the real you and me had met socially,
I'm sure we would have found shared interests and much in common..

Stay as comfortable as you can, and fill your time with favourite music and TV & Radio comedy shows...

cheers...

pfr


17 Oct 18 - 09:50 AM (#3957102)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome

Link to another thread above the line.


17 Oct 18 - 10:12 AM (#3957111)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw

All the best from me too, Keith.


17 Oct 18 - 10:38 AM (#3957120)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gillymor

My very best wishes for you and your family, Keith.


17 Oct 18 - 11:15 AM (#3957125)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bugsy

Good luck to both, you and the missus.

Cheers

Bugsy


17 Oct 18 - 11:25 AM (#3957127)
Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Akenaton

From: GUEST,Akenaton
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:10 AM

My dear good friend, your news has devastated me, I Just hope a mistake has been made and you make a recovery.
My heart goes out to Mary at this time as I know exactly how she will be feeling.
I e'mailed Joe this morning to try to make it possible for me to contact you, after reading the message on the other section.
When you first told us about your diagnosis, I said that I never met a stronger or straighter person and if anyone could fight it you were the man......so it proved, in health and on these pages. Brave and strong against sometimes overwhelming odds, but always courteous and well informed.
If the worst does happen Keith, I just want you to know how much I appreciated your kindness and support...on the forum and in personal matters by personal message. I will certainly never forget you.
"The friend you never met"........Alex.


17 Oct 18 - 12:00 PM (#3957132)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean

I'm so very sorry to read this, Keith. My thoughts and healing wishes are with you.

Two separate friends of mine have had chemo and bounced back amazingly (and are still with us, doing well). You will, too.

Bonnie xxx


17 Oct 18 - 12:04 PM (#3957134)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean

From Martin Ryan:

Keith,

I've only just seen this thread this morning and was very upset to hear of your recent (and not-so-recent) health problems. As one who has enjoyed robust exchanges with you in the past - sometimes agreeing, sometimes not - I wish you the best of luck in coping with what life is now throwing at you.

Regards

Martin Ryan (non-member)


17 Oct 18 - 12:16 PM (#3957137)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Brian Peters

I am very sad to hear this. My best wishes are with you.


17 Oct 18 - 01:24 PM (#3957146)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Thank you for letting all of us know,
and thank you for thinking of all of us
when your need is greatest.

Wherever , and however far,
your destiny takes you,
wishing you a safe journey in good company.


17 Oct 18 - 01:55 PM (#3957154)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,henryp

My best wishes to you both.

I hope you have all the support you need.


17 Oct 18 - 02:26 PM (#3957158)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Joe Offer

I've emailed all messages up to this point to Keith, including the messages from the other thread.
-Joe-


17 Oct 18 - 02:34 PM (#3957160)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Thank YOU, Joe.


17 Oct 18 - 02:38 PM (#3957161)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: MikeL2

hi Keith

Lots of good advice above.

Be positive; You can do it.

Get better soon.

Regards

MikeL2


17 Oct 18 - 02:56 PM (#3957165)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Jeri

Mike, you should read the post Keith wrote to refresh the thread and update us. He's not going to get better.

While I've found the combination of you and Jim extremely annoying, every life is a gift, and even the stuff I don't like contributes to the big "everything". Enjoy your time - it's all any of us can do.


17 Oct 18 - 03:40 PM (#3957167)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Kenny B (inactive)

My thoughts are with you Keith
You will be sadly missed


17 Oct 18 - 03:51 PM (#3957170)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Lighter

Keith, we've never met, but we've crossed paths on many threads over the years. As I recall, we often agreed!

Your post today shows unmistakably your spirit and stoicism. I hope you will accept my sincere best wishes to you and your family. I wish you well.

Jon


17 Oct 18 - 04:08 PM (#3957171)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonzo3legs

My best wishes to you Keith.


17 Oct 18 - 04:28 PM (#3957175)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Stanron

Keith, yours has been a unique and refreshing voice here and particularly below the line. I have always admired your persistence and your precise logic. Best wishes.

Stan.


17 Oct 18 - 05:02 PM (#3957181)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: The Sandman

I am sorry to hear this, it was pleasant meeting you at waltham folk club, you will be in my thoughts heres to your recovery


17 Oct 18 - 07:29 PM (#3957198)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Big Al Whittle

So sorry Keith,

Thank you for all your many very engaging posts. You've given us many hours of thought and entertainment.

Love, mate...


17 Oct 18 - 08:35 PM (#3957202)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: McGrath of Harlow

I'd completely missed this till now - I'm not around the Mudcat so much these days.

I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles, Keith, and the way it seems to have turned out. My thoughts are with you and Mary. Stay strong and be as easy as you can. Listen to some good music.

We've disagreed a good few times, but as I've said a few times, you're a good man.


17 Oct 18 - 11:00 PM (#3957211)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: wysiwyg

I've also not kept up, Keith, due to some heavy going (better now).

My best wishes to you and yours during this intense time. May you soak up every blessing as they unfold; may your lovies know well that you have loved them; may the hard parts be brief; may your next journey be AMAZING.


Love,

~Susan


18 Oct 18 - 03:39 AM (#3957229)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: David Carter (UK)

Sorry to hear this news, and I wish you and Mary the best for the remaining months. I have disagreed with you on virtually every political issue, but have appreciated your knowledgable and rational posts on music, and in particular physics.


18 Oct 18 - 06:50 AM (#3957242)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Nick

Sorry to hear the news.

"Mercifully no pain" - hopefully that continues for a long time.


18 Oct 18 - 09:43 AM (#3957268)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Jon Freeman

Well Keith, whether one has strongly disagreed with you, strongly disagreed, or like me, tried to keep out of many of the contentious threads, etc. I think one thing I can say with certainty is that you’ve been quite a character here for a long while.

I’m sorry to read this but at least glad to read that you are not in pain.

Best wishes,

Jon


18 Oct 18 - 03:07 PM (#3957303)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,paperback

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
– Bruce Lee


18 Oct 18 - 05:34 PM (#3957318)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Anne Lister sans cookie

So very sorry to read this news, Keith. Sending love and all best wishes.


18 Oct 18 - 06:34 PM (#3957328)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Matthew Edwards

Sorry to hear your news, Keith. I'm glad to hear that you and Mary have made the best of your time over the past months, and I hope the pain will stay away. All the best, Matthew


19 Oct 18 - 05:01 AM (#3957375)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Teribus

Much saddened to hear this news Keith. My best thoughts and wishes to you and your wife. May your courage and fortitude hold to the end and see you through. I have enjoyed our discussions and friendship over the years, I will truly miss you, as will this forum.

God Bess.


19 Oct 18 - 05:21 AM (#3957377)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Herga Kitty

Glad to have met and heard you at Buntingford all those many years ago. All best wishes to yourself and Mary.

Kitty


19 Oct 18 - 07:19 AM (#3957392)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST

I was driving to and from Hertford last week and i thought of 'Shanty Keith' and how welcoming you were to me around the turn of the millennium and how you graciously attended and performed at Cyril Tawney's evening in St Albans. I'll be back in Hertford at 'the other club early November and I'll sing a song for you.
You have 'walked the walk and stayed true to the song, and yourself'
Love shines when you sing.
John B


19 Oct 18 - 09:04 PM (#3957489)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: robomatic

Keith:

Thank you for your efforts to communicate.

I've always been interested to read your posts on whatever side of the line I found them. If you have it in you to return, please do. Otherwise, do what it best for your mind and body and those you love. I wish you to be good, better, best.

-Robert


19 Oct 18 - 09:40 PM (#3957496)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Tattie Bogle

Adding my thoughts to those of others here: hope that whatever is to come, it will continue to be pain-free and as comfortable as can be under the circumstances.


20 Oct 18 - 05:41 PM (#3957617)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link

Sorry to hear this Keith.


20 Oct 18 - 10:19 PM (#3957634)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: vectis

I hope you are one of the lucky ones Keith and that when you go it will be painlessly. Sounds morbid but maybe you will be with us for a good while yet. XX


21 Oct 18 - 12:23 AM (#3957636)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Stilly River Sage

What Tattie said. My best to you all.


21 Oct 18 - 07:32 AM (#3957666)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Some bloke called Musket

So sorry to hear the update. In all our thoughts mate,

Ian


23 Oct 18 - 12:06 PM (#3957984)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Stu

So very sorry to hear this Keith, you are an integral and valued part of this community. Sending the very best of wishes from here.


23 Oct 18 - 12:19 PM (#3957985)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

Sorry to hear this Keith. I'll be thinking of you.

Mick


24 Oct 18 - 06:25 PM (#3958198)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: keberoxu

no news is good news I suppose, if even for one day.
Having said that:

you and your loved ones
remain in thoughts and prayers --
mine and those of many others.


26 Oct 18 - 06:27 PM (#3958605)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: wysiwyg

Keith and/or family if you're looking in-- thinking of you.

~Susan


02 Nov 18 - 01:06 PM (#3959738)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Ake

Hope you are still fighting my friend......you are sadly missed on these pages. Alex


05 Nov 18 - 12:55 PM (#3960241)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: keberoxu

And still in our thoughts and prayers.


12 Nov 18 - 04:45 AM (#3961300)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Enfield/Swindon Pete

Hi Keith
We met a couple of times at Waltham Abbey FC. Always enjoyed your contributions. I wish you well and hope for a positive outcome. Thinking of you....Pete


14 Nov 18 - 01:44 PM (#3961643)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean

Hang in there, old buddy - we're all with you. B x


14 Nov 18 - 07:46 PM (#3961698)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: The Sandman

may i second bonnies comments


20 Nov 18 - 03:07 AM (#3962388)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Leraud

I've known you for years since the days of the Hoddesdon Folk Club at the Crown. It's been wonderful that in spite of your illness, you've been able to join us for the New Year's Day sing at the Red Lion for the last three years. Wishing you the Peace you so deserve. Never forgotten.

Lynne Heraud


24 Nov 18 - 03:53 AM (#3963005)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Leraud

Keith's funeral will take place on Thursday 29th November at 12 noon at St Andrews Church, Hertford, SG14 1HZ


24 Nov 18 - 04:09 AM (#3963009)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Iains

I am very sorry to hear this news. Keith will be missed.


24 Nov 18 - 04:29 AM (#3963011)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Senoufou

Very sad news. My sincere condolences to Keith's family. God bless.
Eliza


24 Nov 18 - 04:46 AM (#3963012)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: wysiwyg

Thank you, Lynne.

~Susan


24 Nov 18 - 05:05 AM (#3963014)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Big Al Whittle

Sorry to hear this.

One less of us. People who believe in mudcat.


24 Nov 18 - 05:06 AM (#3963015)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Teribus

Very sorry to hear the news, my sincere condolences to Keith's family and his friends, I am sure he will be greatly missed, his courage and fortitude were inspirational.

Goodbye old friend Rest In Peace.


24 Nov 18 - 05:43 AM (#3963017)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan

Sad news, indeed.

Regards


24 Nov 18 - 06:40 AM (#3963023)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Kenny B

A sad time, my condolences to his family and friends


24 Nov 18 - 06:57 AM (#3963026)
Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: The Sandman

sad news


24 Nov 18 - 09:40 AM (#3963039)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Stilly River Sage

Does someone have more particulars or a link to an obituary? Thanks.


24 Nov 18 - 10:01 AM (#3963042)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: bobad

My sincere condolences to Keith's friends and family. I knew him only here on Mudcat and always admired his resoluteness and generosity of spirit. His voice will be missed.

Rest in peace my friend.


24 Nov 18 - 10:29 AM (#3963044)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: fat B****rd

My condolences and best regards to Keith's family and friends.


24 Nov 18 - 11:42 AM (#3963051)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: My guru always said

Very sorry to hear this news, Keith was one of the first Folkies I met and was very helpful to this Newbie. My condolences to friends & family. Candle lit!


24 Nov 18 - 11:44 AM (#3963053)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Bonnie Shaljean

Very sorry to read this, though it was expected. May he rest in peace. Thanks for letting us know, Lynne.


24 Nov 18 - 12:15 PM (#3963056)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,A Passing guest paying respect

Condolences to Keith's loved ones.So sorry.
       Even though Keith and myself were Worlds apart politically, I still sensed a kindred spirit and I'll miss his perspectives when I pass by. One less Gentleman on the board and Planet.


24 Nov 18 - 12:26 PM (#3963061)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,paperback

At Peace at last, fine fellow, stand down from general quarters, return and stow all gear...




what size boots did he wear?


24 Nov 18 - 12:37 PM (#3963062)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,Yo Recuerdo

De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est ??


24 Nov 18 - 01:42 PM (#3963073)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Is there a Mudcat Cafe in heaven?
He's up there, if that is true.

And that Cafe is getting more populous all the time.


24 Nov 18 - 01:48 PM (#3963074)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: punkfolkrocker

I'm curious to see an obit for the reality world Keith rather than his 'problematic' mudcat ID persona...

Just to understand a little about who he was, how old he was, what he acheived in life, his musical life...


That real 3D Keith might quite probably have been a bloke I could get on with if we'd ever met socially and performed together...


24 Nov 18 - 02:20 PM (#3963082)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: keberoxu

Well, here's a thing.

Because I get in trouble when I do so,
I will not give Keith A's name here.
All I had to do to find him, though,
was Google his church in Hertford,
from the info given in the post about his funeral.

And if he is who I make him out to be, then
he has -- had -- his own Twitter account, under his own name.

First time I ever laid eyes on a photograph of him.
And good heavens,
he appears to be nothing like old enough to be old,
if you see what I mean.

So I won't "out" Keith: but now, you know what to do ...


24 Nov 18 - 02:21 PM (#3963084)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Dave the Gnome

Our swords were crossed more often than not on politics but we had a lot in common and agreed about more important things like life, love and folk music!

Condolences to his family and friends and may he rest in the peace he so deserves.

Dave.


24 Nov 18 - 02:34 PM (#3963086)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: keberoxu

Here's a hint:
If he is who I believe he is ...

"Sing For Life."

(I was GOBSMACKED by what I read about this)


24 Nov 18 - 02:59 PM (#3963092)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: John MacKenzie

Life is a journey, and now Keith is off on another journey, to who knows where. Good speed Keith.


24 Nov 18 - 03:00 PM (#3963093)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Steve Shaw

pfr has it exactly right. I disliked Keith's Mudcat persona intensely, and thought his politics stank, but I did occasionally banter with him offline and thought I detected a real 3-D human being in there somewhere. That's the thing, though, innit: we see here the online man 99% and the real-life man 1%. My son lived in Hertford for a time (and the in-laws are still there), and I know the canal and the nice pub with outside tables ideal for a summer night, and, had our stars collided a bit better, Keith and I might have fought our corners over a pint or six, which maybe would have been a far better way of going about things than he and I ever managed here.

All good wishes and kind thoughts from me to his family and friends.


24 Nov 18 - 03:01 PM (#3963094)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Stilly River Sage

It isn't a problem now. He was Keith Acheson, and many of us knew it because the old Mudcat troll went after Keith quite viciously with fake accounts. It was one of many I tracked down and reported to Facebook back in the rough years around 2011-2013.


24 Nov 18 - 03:59 PM (#3963100)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Joe Offer

Rest in peace, Keith.


24 Nov 18 - 04:37 PM (#3963103)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Backwoodsman

Our respective Mudcat 'persona' differed strongly but, like others who crossed swords with Keith on here, I suspect that in the real world we would have probably got along fine, and our mutual love of music and life in general would have overcome our political differences.

"Throw down the sword, the fight is done and over,
Neither lost, neither won..."

RIP Keith, and condolences to his family and friends.


25 Nov 18 - 03:18 AM (#3963148)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,Enfield/Swindon Pete

RiP Keith. Condolences to your family. You’ve left the crease but you won’t be forgotten mate.


25 Nov 18 - 10:13 AM (#3963231)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,mayomick

Condolences to all Keith's family and friends


25 Nov 18 - 10:18 AM (#3963233)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: punkfolkrocker

Keith seems to have been a chap with two distinct personas depending on if you only knew him in church & folk club, or in BS...
That's my guess...


... and occasional mudcatters/ GUESTS/ any folks who knew him in real life,
but who seldom or never ventured downstairs into the netherworld below the line,
may not even have been aware of his 'problematic' BS posting history...


25 Nov 18 - 11:50 AM (#3963246)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Waddon Pete

Sorry to hear that Keith's battle has finally come to a close. He was a man who tended to divide opinion around him but whatever the reasons he was a folkie first and foremost. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

RIP

Peter


25 Nov 18 - 02:49 PM (#3963277)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: meself

You have to admit, he livened this place up at times, and kept us on our toes. RIP.


25 Nov 18 - 06:34 PM (#3963301)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Tattie Bogle

Adding my condolences to Keith's family.


25 Nov 18 - 06:46 PM (#3963303)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: The Sandman

i met him a couple of times ,I liked him, condolences to his family


26 Nov 18 - 03:23 AM (#3963325)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST

I am saddened to read the news that Keith has died. I only learned recently of his illness when I looked in on the cat after many years of absence, maybe I was meant to look in.

We had many a debate on the cat regarding Irish related issues and as many are aware, we held very different views.

I am a committed Irish Republican and ex Republican prisoner who served 16 years in both the cages of Long Kesh (3 years during internment) and 13 years of a life sentence) in the H Blocks.

No one could keep his cool like Keith could and ignore and sidestep the facts and statistics I posted, God he knew how to get to me.

Publicly we were like cat and dog, but through private messaging we were very different and the complete opposite and rarely even discussed politics.

Keith, I will miss you even though it has been some time since we were in touch. To his family, he is a man I respected and remember, no one gets to take away your memories.

Mo chomhbhróin


26 Nov 18 - 08:49 AM (#3963371)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Lighter

Am so sorry to read this news. His voice on Mudcat will be missed.

My condolences to his family.


29 Nov 18 - 03:27 AM (#3963828)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Dave the Gnome

The funeral is at 12 noon GMT today. Can we have a couple of minutes not posting as a silence?


29 Nov 18 - 03:52 AM (#3963831)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,Some bloke called Ian Mather

Keith A of Hertford and Musket crossed swords many times on many matters and many of the Musket posts were by me.

However, the real Ian Mather and Keith Acheson shared many musical interests and we shared many on pm posts. Also, towards the beginning of this thread you will see us agreeing that we enjoyed the arguments too. One of the other Muskets met him at a Folk Club in Hertford and was impressed by his enthusiasm and delivery of songs. You can’t ask for more than that.


29 Nov 18 - 02:08 PM (#3963911)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link

Sad to see this . It was expected of course , but we always hope it won't be yet. Keith was passionate in his posts in BS , and I often agreed with him , but not always, and as already noted will be missed. Blessings and the peace of God to his loved ones


08 Dec 18 - 07:33 PM (#3965531)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: robomatic

I was aware that Keith was in what might be perhaps a final battle but I had not caught the earlier part of this thread so I was unaware how long this had been going on and that he had recently left us. Although we never met I appreciated his posts in various threads, many involving contention although for the most part I seconded what Keith had to write. I will miss him and remember his presence in previous posts.

My condolences to his near and dear ones and I pray they have durable positive memories to carry them through this period and on into the future.


08 Dec 18 - 08:07 PM (#3965537)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Steve Shaw

I'd known that Keith was poorly for a long time, though he was never explicit on the forum about it until his last days. There's been a really unfortunate spat about him on another thread that's made me sad, actually. Maybe because his death almost coincided with my dad's. I think it's fine to speak honestly and straightforwardly about differences we had with a member who has passed away, but there's a way of doing it that has evaded one or two people here. I disagreed with Keith on almost all of his takes on things going on in the world and regarded him as wrong-headed most of the time, and disliked his goading strategy, his modus operandi. But, as has been rightly said, he stuck with it and was, I think, genuinely enquiring as to what we thought about things, even if that was only so that he could find specific and often devious ways of knocking us down. Believe it or not, I did communicate with him privately on a few occasions, not many, and our exchanges were friendly and civil, and I was able to wish him well during his illness. I never met him nor heard his singing, though for a time my son lived in Hertford and we got to know the place quite well, though only in short visits (my in-laws are still there, natives of the town as they are). He was quite well known - and loved - for his singing in his local area, something I did bother to find out about in my feeble attempts to discover what made him tick, and I suppose that the people who knew the 3-D Keith saw a different man from the one some of us railed at here.


09 Dec 18 - 09:19 AM (#3965590)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Carol

So sorry to hear that Keith has died. Had some great singing weekends at Buntingford and always enjoyed Keith's songs and his company. Condolences to his family from Carol Southwell now Lamb.


09 Dec 18 - 11:00 AM (#3965605)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: punkfolkrocker

Is there an obit about real world Keith on line anywhere...???


09 Dec 18 - 12:15 PM (#3965620)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: keberoxu

Did not Keith Acheson have connections to Belfast?
Would a Belfast website have something in his hono[u]r?

Lacking obits,
how about links to some pieces online.

Sing for Life

Keith Acheson Q & A


It is hugely inspiring to work with the choir


09 Dec 18 - 01:00 PM (#3965627)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST

I really have to wonder if you have the same Keith Acheson in Belfast there K. This man's Twitter account is fully active, with activities and re-tweets listed up to this week.


09 Dec 18 - 01:11 PM (#3965631)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: GUEST,keberoxu

there are two of him?


09 Dec 18 - 01:13 PM (#3965634)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Jim Carroll

Keith's daughter is married to a Northern Ireland man and lives there (Antrim, I think)
Jim Carroll


09 Dec 18 - 01:50 PM (#3965639)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: Iains

Not often I agree with Steve Shaw, but for a man on the opposite side of the fence to Keith, I think his comments were fair, balanced and well reasoned.
Coming from a man totally at opposites with Keith, I think he has tried to create a fitting eulogy, and succeeded in my view.


09 Dec 18 - 02:07 PM (#3965645)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: punkfolkrocker

For folks like me who only knew the version of Keith on mudcat
and were mostly opposed to his BS ramblings,
he was still a daily part of my life for a number of years.
Engaging with him occupied a lot of my time and thought.
Like him or not, he was one of 'us', our community;
and a man I tried to figure out, and occasionally defend against sheer hatred from other mudcatters on my 'side'.
He showed what I believe was genuine sympathy regarding my mum's dementia.

To me he was like the contrary old bloke in the corner of the pub
who was difficult to get on with,
but you cared enough to be concerned about his well being
and made sure he got home safe after closing time...

Sadly, he didn't appear frequently enough above the BS line in neutral ground,
so we could at least discuss shared interests.
I've always been curious about his musical life outside of mudcat...


10 Dec 18 - 02:45 AM (#3965721)
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
From: David Carter (UK)

Keith was a retired teacher of maths and physics who lived in Hertford. Before his illness, maybe even after the first diagnosis, he sang shanties in pubs and folk clubs around Hertfordshire. The Belfast Keith is someone completely different, I can't rule out that there is a distant relationship. St Andrews is a large church, but I do know it as my cousin's funeral was there earlier in the year. They respect people's privacy and there is very little private information about anybody on their website. I never met Keith, but there are people posting on this forum who had met him in folk clubs. I can't find an obituary in the Hertfordshire Mercury which would be the most likely place.