Happy Birthday, Dad!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Today is my wonderful father's 80th birthday.

And it's also 24 hours after we received the devastating news that he has cancer.

Ironically, I was just discussing with a friend how our family has had a few years of great health and no sickness. In our family, this is huge.

We've had breast cancer, open heart surgeries, diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome...you name it, we've had it.

Dad has to go through some additional testing to further determine the best course of treatment and to see how insidious this bastard called cancer has been.

Please keep Dad in your prayers. Even I can't find the humor in this one.


  1. Rest assured he will celebrate 100 and more such bdays. Happy birthday :)

    May he recover soon! :)

  2. Oh sweetie! I am so sorry. Tell dad Happy Birthday! With treatment, he will get through this. Sending prayers your way. Let me know if you need anything. (((HUGS)))

  3. Happy Birthday and best wishes for improved health for your Dad. Your Dad and your family are in my prayers.

  4. Happy Birthday and good luck to your Dad. I know what you are going through. I have seen a lot of it in my family.

  5. Happy Birthday to your dad!

    Sending plenty of love and prayers to you and your family. My heart and well wishes go out to you all.

  6. Happy Birthday to your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

    Hugs :)

  7. Happy Birthday to your dady. I'm sending light and aloha and prayers in hopes that his health improves.

  8. Happy birthday, Dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Wishing your dad a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Please know that I will be sharing much Reiki.

    Love to you, my friend!


  10. Happy birthday!!!!!!! And I will be praying for him and your family...

  11. Oh, sweetie. I'm so sorry. How is he holding up? How are YOU holding up? Write on paper "Stage 1. Treatment, DONE."...under the pillow. If you need anything or want to vent, you know where to find me. Till then, consider yourself enveloped in a bear hug.

  12. Yeah, no laugher from this girl either. As someone whose had many people with cancer, I have one thing to say: Cancer sucks the big one. My thoughts and well wishes are with you.

  13. Thank you all for your love and support. It means so much.

    Love, Chrissy


    My thoughts are with you and you will definately be in my prayers.

    p.s. Tell your dad he's looking goooood!

  15. Happy Birthday, Mr. Chrissy's dad. He looks like a nice man.

  16. @Theresa,
    Thanks! Yes, that's what's such a bummer.

    @C. Andres,
    Thanks. He's the best, Carlos.

  17. You know we can all see what a kind and loving man this is... Happy 80th birthday, and let's plan your 90th party now, because I have a feeling you're going to dominate and rule in this battle you didn't ask for! Go, Dad, go!

  18. Spend as much time together as fits in your life. Companionship is the greatest gift.

  19. Hang in there, Chrissy. You guys can beat this thing.

    Hope the birthday bash was fun, though.

  20. @Leah,
    Thanks. I sure hope you're right!

    You're absolutely right. I actually moved right down the street from them a few years ago so I'll have that luxury.

    Thanks. Yep, cake and ice cream always bring smiles!

  21. I'm sorry about the diagnosis -- BUT a man with a parrot on his shoulder cannot come to much harm! Is that an Indian Ringneck?

    You hang in there!

  22. @Beloved Parrot,
    Thanks so much. Yes! It is an Indian Ringneck. It's my sister's bird, Waldo. She comes and visits Papa.

  23. Indian Ringnecks are very cool parrots.


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