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Garth Callaghan

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A New Phase (Health Update)

WGarth Callaghan

I just had a follow-up MRI and CT. I had been lucky enough to start to spread out my scans, but the image taken in April showed a doubling of a growth in my lung. 

Metastases to the lung are very common for kidney cancer which has spread, so we were purposefully watching that area. 

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I'm W. Garth Callaghan, 'Napkin Notes Dad,' and This Is How I Parent

WGarth Callaghan

 On Lifehacker: How I Parent

On Lifehacker: How I Parent

Ever since his daughter Emma was in elementary school, W. Garth Callaghan would jot down inspirational quotes and bits of dad wisdom onto napkins and slip the notes into her lunchbox. It became their special thing, their way to connect. He wanted to make sure Emma could read a note from her father every single school day until graduation—even if was no longer around to write them.

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Travel Tips

WGarth Callaghan

Emma's off to Italy! Since I can't pack her a note in her lunch, I packed a bunch of notes and hid them in her suitcase. I hope she finds them in time since they are travel tips I have learned over my many years traveling. 

 Dad Travel Tip #1  1) Put dirty underwear back in the suitcase next to clean underwear.  2) Forget which is which.  3) Eh. Who cares? Now you have an endless supply of "this is probably clean."  Pack. Write. Connect.

Dad Travel Tip #1

1) Put dirty underwear back in the suitcase next to clean underwear.

2) Forget which is which.

3) Eh. Who cares? Now you have an endless supply of "this is probably clean."

Pack. Write. Connect.

 Dad Travel Tip #2  When ordering cappuccino in Italy, make sure you sat the right words for the drink size:  Grande = great  Venti = 20  Trenta = 30  Makes sense, right??

Dad Travel Tip #2

When ordering cappuccino in Italy, make sure you sat the right words for the drink size:

Grande = great

Venti = 20

Trenta = 30

Makes sense, right??

 Dad Travel Tip #3  If you want good pizza, try to find a Sbarro's.

Dad Travel Tip #3

If you want good pizza, try to find a Sbarro's.

 Dad Travel Tip #4  While passing by an obnoxious tour group, it is acceptable to whisper under your breath, "Damn Americans" and then start humming, "Oh, Canada!"

Dad Travel Tip #4

While passing by an obnoxious tour group, it is acceptable to whisper under your breath, "Damn Americans" and then start humming, "Oh, Canada!"

 Dad travel Tip #5  If you can't say something nice, say it in French.

Dad travel Tip #5

If you can't say something nice, say it in French.

 Dad Travel Tip #6  "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra

Dad Travel Tip #6

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra

 Dad Travel Tip #7  1) Google "Best museums in _______"  2) Boy, that's a lot of museums.  3) Buy some gelato.

Dad Travel Tip #7

1) Google "Best museums in _______"

2) Boy, that's a lot of museums.

3) Buy some gelato.

 Dad Travel Tip #8  Don't get on the plane. Get in the plane.

Dad Travel Tip #8

Don't get on the plane. Get in the plane.

 Dad Travel Tip #9  You don't have to use the hotel laundry. You don't do laundry at home, why should it be different on the trip?

Dad Travel Tip #9

You don't have to use the hotel laundry. You don't do laundry at home, why should it be different on the trip?

 Dad Travel Tip #10  At Customs, declare your chaperone is an idiot.

Dad Travel Tip #10

At Customs, declare your chaperone is an idiot.

Imagine - Guest Post by Brian Korte

WGarth Callaghan

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

WGarth Callaghan

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

WGarth Callaghan

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

WGarth Callaghan

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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