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Garth Callaghan

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Imagine - Guest Post by Brian Korte

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Friends, I want you to take a sec and just imagine that several years ago, you learned that your compounding illnesses meant the odds were stacked against your very survival. Among the grief and shock, you realized that one day, you might not get to see your little girl cross that stage to get her diploma.

Imagine raising her as a bright teen, your pride and joy, and wondering what to say to her for life lessons and inspiration, all the while trying to stay optimistic as a cloud loomed over you. With no miracle pill, you followed your doctor’s orders, challenged other doctors, and gave and received strength with others in your predicament. But not many were in your exact predicament. You just wanted to see your daughter graduate.

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7 Father's Day Gifts That Don't Bust The Budget

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Dads don’t ask for much. Personally, I’d be perfectly fine receiving no gifts on Father’s Day! I know I am difficult to buy for. (Well, really, the most recent Star Wars book isn’t that hard to find, but I may have already purchased it myself!) 

You have two weeks to grab something meaningful and fun for dad!

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Great News in My Cancer Fight

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It was a Star Wars Shirt kind of day last Thursday. I was meeting with my long-time urologist, Dr. Bradford. Dr. Bradford was the doctor who originally found my kidney cancer. Because I was so young he felt I was at risk for other cancers and started looking everywhere else, too. Well, he found some about 8 months after my first surgery.

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The Last Game

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I have been a softball dad for a long time, ever since Emma picked up a bat. Emma’s first game was on April 3, 2007, just 11 short years ago! I didn’t want to be a good softball dad. I wanted to be great. I love the strategy and tactics in the softball. It’s not just a game of action. It’s a thinking person’s game. I love the crack of the bat and the pounding of cleats down the baseline. I love the smile on Emma’s face when she catches the impossible hit. Most importantly, I love to cheer my daughter on when she shows just how unstoppable she is.

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2018 Introduction - Yup, more cancer

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TL/DR - I have cancer again. (Still? Yes, I still have cancer, but I also have new cancer. I don't even know which words to use!) 

It's been some time since I've re-introduced myself. I do this from time to time to help the Napkin Notes Community get the "whole picture" of the Napkin Notes Dad. A lot of people join the community after seeing a note I've posted. Some join because share Emma's softball greatness. I'd like to think that there are even a few Star Wars fans here. 

And many of you have joined to help support us through my health issues, namely, cancer. 

I have not shared much health news lately. Honestly, there wasn't much to share. I have scans pretty frequently, every 8 to 16 weeks. The results have been stable for a couple of years. Here's the history: 

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Dogs never die

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Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: 'No, no, not a good idea. Let's not go for a walk.' Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that's what dogs are. They walk.

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My dear Noel

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Noel and I didn't have a special relationship in the beginning. I didn't really want another dog when she arrived in our home. She was actually afraid of me. We could tell that she had had a hard life before coming to our home. She was severely underweight and malnourished. Much of her fur was missing and she had scabs over her body. She had recently birthed puppies. And she was in a shelter which euthanized dogs after 60 days. She had a lot of quirks: she didn't like to go into rooms if the ceiling fan or television were turned on. Even up until the time of her death she avoided our central hallway like it was a lava floor. 

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