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Chris Cass
12-04-2002, 01:50 AM
Hello My wonderful friends,

Yes, I have no spred of Cancer and a great chance of beating this dog... It's a race to 7 and I'm winning 6-3. I broke and made 6 balls but right now I'm hooked. I need the jump cue for this one. Luckily, it's still my shot.

I have to go through the Chemo, Radiation and Operation. Discovered it's a bad Cancer although, I've never heard of a good one. Anyway, it's meatball surgery and I will look and feel like the guy they call tooth pick. I won't be making the Derby and that really hurts. I will lose my game for awhile, about 6 mths. but, I will live. Those that relate to odds better. 50/50 chance it'll show up somewhere else down the road. That might not seem good but it's good enough for me.

To all of you. I would have posted this news Monday but was busy celebrating Kato's birthday. LOL Actually, I was really mentally messed up. One of my sweetest and dearest friends pm'd me today. My friend mentioned that she was not in my inner-circle and felt badly but was worried and wanted to know what had happened, respectfully.

Well, everyone is in my inner-circle. I'm not like that at all. I love you all. Even those who've not replied to the post are still my friends. This kind of stuff isn't easy to digest for some, myself included. Life is too short to not care about others.

When, my father died. I never went to the grave, still today I haven't gone. I hated my father. Not because he was a bad man. I hated him for leaving me. I know it wasn't his choice but the mind functions the way it does for protection. I so didn't want to leave my son or Heide.

I still have a long way to go. It won't be easy and I'll give up my passion for awhile. I will, post less as time goes by as the Chemo and Radiation takes it's course. I will do what it takes to rid this Cancer from my body.

I don't think my game will suffer much. As I will watch tapes, read about pool, run racks in my mind and practice my stroke. I'll be getting lite up about 25 times and have to fade the Chemo. I'm tough as my friend Wally mentioned. LOL But, I will admit, I'm scarred. I do have an advantage being a pool player though. With all of you there with me, I can beat this and the 4-6 mths will be a cake walk.

I want to tell all of you that I can't thank you all enough for your support. I think this has gave me strength beyond belief. I'm going to win. I will go to Vegas next yr. and play the masters event. I will not leave the CCB. I especially want you to know, I love you and thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

God bless all of you,

Chris~~owes Susan 1/2 beer and the Riv owes the rest....lol

WesK
12-04-2002, 05:07 AM
That's great news... so far. I know that you'll pull this shot out or at least leave a nice safe.

If my schedule allows, I'll see you at Vegas, the Master's, or both.

Thinking about you always,

wes

Rich R.
12-04-2002, 05:37 AM
Just keep strokin'. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

stickman
12-04-2002, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the update Chris. I was really starting to wonder and had thought of PMing you. I know that if you play this one with the same tenacity as your pool game, you'll come out a winner. (positive mental attitude + hard work) You and your family are in my prayers.

Hey, maybe Patrick has an extra copy of virtual pool he can send you. It's not quite like the real thing, but it's fun anyway. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

God Bless You & Yours, Jim

Wally_in_Cincy
12-04-2002, 07:34 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Chris Cass:</font><hr>
Yes, I have no spread of Cancer ...
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Great news man.

Be strong. I will spill half a beer before my match tonight in your honor /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kato
12-04-2002, 07:38 AM
You're right here my friend. Heide and Christ also. Right next to my heart. I'll talk to ya soon buddy.

Kato

12-04-2002, 08:11 AM
I have complete confidence that you'll sink the game ball and be heading home with the money!
Chris

AustinFilAm
12-04-2002, 09:22 AM
Chris,
My prayers are with you. Keep up the fight. Pool keeps you positive and happy, so play as much as you can. Cass 7 / Cancer 3. Next!

Angelo

Rod
12-04-2002, 09:59 AM
That's good to hear Chris. I've been waiting for your reply and was getting a little worried since it took so long. Well you have a bumpy road in front of you for a few miles but it will smooth. I wish you Heide and Christ the best as always. Stay tough, keep fighting, mind your doctor, and take all the time you need on that jump shot!

rackmup
12-04-2002, 10:34 AM
Have you been there? Have you been called to stand at the thin line that separates the living from the dead? Have you lain awake at night listening to machines pumping air in and out of your lungs? Have you watched sickness corrode and atrophy the body of a friend? Have you lingered behind at the cemetery long after the others have left, gazing in disbelief at the metal casket that contains the body that contained the soul of the one you can't believe is gone?

If so, then this canyon is not unfamiliar to you. You've heard the lonesome whistle of the winds. You've heard the painful questions. Why? What for? ricochet off the canyon walls. And you've kicked loose rocks off the edge and listened for the sound of their crashing, which never comes...

Standing on the edge of the canyon draws all of life into perspective. What matters and what doesn't matter are easily distinguished. Above the canyon wall no one is concerned about salaries or positions. No one asks about the car you drive or what part of town you live in. As aging humans stand beside this ageless chasm, all the games and disguises of life seem sadly silly...

(an excerpt from Life Lessons with Max Lucado.)

I am profoundly happy that you are in a position to beat this nasty opponent. I believe that all of the well wishes, the prayers and the hopes of all of those people whose lives you have touched were heard and answered.

After you have beaten this and regained your strength, visit a hospital cancer ward and share your story of hope and your eventual victory with others who might be in the same position of doubt and confusion that you were in during the beginning stages of your illness.

Spread the word of hope, faith, prayer, love of friends and the strong right hand of God. It has touched your life. Take time to touch others.

Regards,

Ken

Barbara
12-04-2002, 11:52 AM
Way to go Chris!! Way to go!!

Barbara /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

9 Ball Girl
12-04-2002, 02:13 PM
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Wendy&lt;--Happier than a http://www.animatedgif.net/animals/otheranimals/piggy5_e0.gif in $[censored]! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

MikeM
12-04-2002, 04:08 PM
Chris,

I love your attitude! Ready to fight and looking to the future.

I'll drink the other halves of all the spilled beers in your honor /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif!

Mike

Barbara
12-04-2002, 04:43 PM
Mike,

I don't know if I would drink the other half that he spilled. This happened on the beer-thirsty carpet in the halls of the Riviera. Yech!!

Barbara~~~pictures Mike sucking the beer up as we speak... /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

Tom_In_Cincy
12-04-2002, 05:09 PM
Chris, this is fantastic news.

You have Ball-in-Hand on the hill game. What a much better position you're in now, than a few weeks ago.

Scott and I were talking about a Quad City trip.. maybe we can make it happen.. Got to watch out for the weather.. and make sure you are available.

Let me know if I can bring anything..

I am feeling better already.. My Friend is going to win another match.

Karatemom
12-04-2002, 06:52 PM
Chris and I appreciate yours and everyone's thoughts. We know how you feel and that is enough for us. No disrespect intended but company right now is not a good thing. Things are so busy around here that we don't know which way is up.

Thank you, the thought is extremely sweet.

Heide

Karatemom
12-04-2002, 07:02 PM
Chris had 2 tubes put in this afternoon and returned home this evening. It is extremely painful for the time being. Things will be getting better in a few days, then will start radiation and chemo treatments.

I would like to thank everyone for their PM's and emails to Chris. They have definitely lifted his spirits. However, he doesn't want anyone to do anything for him or see him the way he is right now. This was as much a shock to him as anyone.

For the time being, I will be updating his condition on the board FYI. Not sure when he'll be able to get around better, but it should be in a few days.

Thank you everyone for your words and thoughts.

Heide

Barbara
12-04-2002, 07:59 PM
Understood, Mom. Just do one thing that may bring a smile to Chris' lips - a little joke on Voodoo. Call Voodoo's cell phone and ask to talk to Carol.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!! It was hilarious when I did it!!!

Barbara~~~okay, so I had to get a hold of Carol /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Karatemom
12-04-2002, 09:50 PM
Chris was feeling froggy one night noticing Voodoo and Kato came up on his computer screen. So Chris PM'd Voodoo asking for Kato, and Kato asking for Voodoo. Chris laughed for hours over that.

Heide

MikeM
12-05-2002, 08:36 AM
I was thinking more along the lines of drinking the other half that Wally doesn't spill. LOL I need a drink just to get that imagery out of my head!!

MM

12-05-2002, 01:06 PM
well, shoot. i have not gotten into the habit of checking this board and had no idea you were going thru this stuff. i've long believed that attitude is a big part in winning and it looks like you got that working for you. i do know it's hard to maintain but i can see you've got good help at hand.

as i'm sure you already know, when you get into the chemo, there is a really good herbal remedy for the nausea and it even helps your appetite. not bad for attitude adjustment too.

chris, i've read and thoroughly enjoyed your stuff here for years and feel like i know you. you're a great guy and a real winner.

by the way, remarkably similar story on my dad and no, i don't feel one bit of guilt either.

love

dan

cueball1950
12-06-2002, 12:01 AM
keep the faith chris. like we all have said. we are all pullling and praying for your speedy recovery......mike

Ralph S.
12-06-2002, 09:45 AM
Hey Chris, this is the first time I have looked at the NPR posts, but something kind of drew me to it finally. Maybe this is it maybe not. I do wish you the best in what is going to be the biggest battle of your life. No bad pun intended there, I just aint the best with words. I wish you well and will be thinking of you.
Ralph S.