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Garth Callaghan

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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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The Throwaway Toy Lightsaber

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My toy lightsaber has been in the backseat of my truck for more than a few weeks. I have been slowly purging unwanted items since the summer. Some things are thrown away, but a few things are earmarked for donation. The lightsaber was in great condition, but it was only a toy. I never used it. I have two really nice lightsabers I use for events. I didn't want or need a cheap third.

I was dressing and gathering my gear to go hand out toys at the Children's Museum celebrating RVA Different Abilities Day / International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an event organized by Project: Just Like You.

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The Promise

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Four years ago I made a promise, and the direction of my life would change. More importantly, Emma would know how much I loved and supported her, even if I wasn't able to be here.

I had just been diagnosed with cancer for my 3rd time (a 4th was coming up, but I didn't know that.). My doctors started to talk...

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