Leukemia  

rm__Reality_ 106F
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4/30/2006 7:12 am

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4/30/2006 11:33 am

Leukemia


Cam was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia during a routine health exam. We cried together. He was emphatic that he wouldnt live with his health imapaired. We fought, prayed, i researched we fought some more. He said, no chemo, i said oh yes!! If chemo was necessary then you'll do it Cam!! I'll get to NC, I'll hold your hand during it, I'll hold your head when you puke cuz of it. You'll beat this!!! Finally he agreed to do whatever it took. The hardest part became the trips to W/S. NC is a big place, his little island was six hours from W/S and all his doctors were that far away. For awhile things were normal. Then he realized that it was getting harder to do the things he had always done. He piloted a small ferry boat back and forth to "Lookout Point" he began to find it difficult to jump from the boat into the water to haul it in, specially if the passengers were heavy folks. Soon he wasnt doing this anymore. We began to concentrate on "Ebay" and his huge inventory left from the sale of the coin shop.

We had such fun working together on "Ebay." Cam would write the text for whatever coin he was selling, i would correct it. {Cam couldnt spell, lol} He was so cute! His southern drawl was very thick and he tended to spell like he spoke. One word that always escaped him was "wear" he would say "this coin has little ware" it became a joke between us. His inventory included both old coins and bills. I never realized how beautiful some of the old paper money is!

We decided to buy casino chips. They are a real collectable. There is a big following and many collectors looking for these little works of art. We were especially interested in the "Hard Rock" chips, commemorataive chips issued to honor rock. Another much sought after prize were the motorcycle chips and straight out the cage mint chips from each Casino.

We spent night after night on our computers bidding for chips. Cam would find a chip he liked and bid on it. His service at the time was dial up, all that was available on the island. He was so frustrated with his slow service and he couldnt keep the bids going. Thats where i came in. Cam would place a bid then we'd stay on the phone while the count down went on. He would get to the bid page and sit there while i refreshed over and over till the last seconds. People usually bid in during the last seconds trying to outbid the current high bidder without giving them a chance to rebid. Most of the time that last bid would be cents above the high bid. I would say "bid" and he'd press his button. We won a lot that way and it was both exciting and fun! We'd laugh and congratulate one another! What a blast we had. Sometimes he'd decide he really like a chip but it was too expensive. Once in awhile i'd buy it and send it to him as a surprise! Those were wonderful days.

I wonder what will happen to our chip collection now. I hope whomever is dealing with Cam's things realizes how valuable it is. I wish i could have some of them, the ones that mean a lot, sigh, that isnt gonna happen

rm__Reality_ 106F
67 posts
4/30/2006 11:33 am

You're right *S* memories are all i need


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