Cancer Sucks

Rarely do I post something personal here, but something is bothering me and I have to get it out. This week a good friend, one of my ham radio buddies, Charles /  N4DKE passed away from cancer. I’ve known Charles for almost 10 years, a relatively brief time compared to the many other friendships he had. He was one of my ham “Elmers”. In ham radio lingo an “Elmer” is someone who acts as a mentor.

Charles always had a great story to tell, or joke, or some neat gadget or gizmo to show off. He often gave presentations at ham club and always made them interesting. He was one of those people who knew everybody. During introductions he’d always just say “Ya’ll know who I am.” And everyone did, too.

What made this suck so bad was Charles was only 57 years old. 57. That’s young. During the visitation Wednesday evening all I could keep thinking was “This sucks, we shouldn’t have to be here.” In a way I feel robbed, there were so many more great stories of his to hear, jokes to swap, or gadgets to see. And now we won’t because this insidious disease called cancer took my friend long before he should have gone.

To all my ham, internet, computer friends and family, please, make sure to get check ups. Guys, get your prostates checked, ladies get your mammograms. I want to be able to share in your stories for a long time to come.

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3 Responses to “Cancer Sucks”

  1. KoalaBear Says:

    My condolences.

    A great tip at the end message, I hope that will save some of this ‘madness’.

    I also had some experience with this disease lately (2 months ago). The owner of the computer shop/repair where I worked on Saturday’s, almost completely just for fun has also passed at the age of 46.

    Take care.

  2. Russell Thomas Says:

    Thanks for sharing your memories…. I posted about mine as well: http://kv4s.com/?p=93
    I didn’t know Charles that long either but he made sucn an impact on everyone he came in contact with.

  3. ZagNut Says:

    The end tip is right on. Also, try to quit smoking. I’m on my who-knows-how-many-times attempt, but I WILL get there…My wife’s uncle just died from lung cancer at 50-something…


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