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Sunday, August 18, 2013


"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley

   Les had an endoscopy yesterday and we met with the gastro-enterologist afterwards. The diagnosis is rectal cancer. Les' paperwork is in a fast track pipeline and we should be hearing from the surgeon's office this week about an appointment with him to discuss surgery dates, etc. With help from two of our children we've moved the boat to an undisclosed location for some "us time" and we have everything we need at the present. And most importantly, we are NOT alone!
   We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our family: children, grandchildren, in-laws, outlaws, cousins--you all know who you are and how much we love each of you on both sides of the Atlantic.
   To our friends and blog readers we say--how lucky are we!! Faithful, helpful, supportive, loving, kind, generous, humorous, amazing. Across the world and all along the canal we have heard from you with such loving support and care! 
   Last but not least we have infinite gratitude for each other. Both of us have faced cancer before. We have walked the cancer path for loved ones; Les for Val, and me for my mother. I have walked my own cancer path twice and beat it with unwavering commitment to my health, nearly every penny I had, and a world class education that taught me the value of proper, good research. 
   Across 5000 miles we found each other and we will face whatever life throws our way shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand. Les is my heart and I will fight for his life like I fought for my own.



Dave,Beryl Bradshaw said...

Les keep smiling and Fighting
Thinking of you both at this time
Love Beryl and Dave nb Sokai

Anonymous said...

Gutted - get well, you know you can.

KevinTOO said...

Not the news any of us wanted to hear, unfortunately :(

You are both in our thoughts, we send you our best wishes and hope for a sucessful outcome in due course.

If there's anything we can do, at any time, to help just let us know.

Kevin xx & Harry xx

Julie said...

All the very best of luck and good wishes to you both x

Adam said...

Really sorry to hear that news, and think of you both at this time.

Anonymous said...

Les, you've got a great lady there who I'm sure will help you stay positive!

Best wishes to you both,

Heth xxxxx

Elly and Mick said...

Fight, Les, fight! You can do it..... with Jaq by your side!
Thoughts with you both.
Elly and Mick

Pip said...

I know we've already been in touch, and passed on our best wishes, but I just wanted to say that the last passage in your blog is just so moving, and brought tears to my eyes! If there is a God, then he'll be rooting for you both!
Much love
Pip & Roger xxxxx

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Oh thanks everyone. I am amazed sometimes at how many folks care. We will be reading blogs and cruising along with those of you who are boaters. Everyone else--this isn't a journey we would wish on anyone, so thanks for reading the blog and for all your good wishes and prayers.
Les and Jaq

Unknown said...

You are forever in our thoughts

`life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
But the moments that take our breath away`

Keep smiling take care
If you need Anything just call

Love Derek Carrie Bungie
Nb Uccello

nb Oakfield said...

We shall be thinking of you both and hoping that all turns out for the best.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

I'm so sorry to hear you devastating new. I'm a great believer in positivity and with Jaq by your side I'm sure you both will get through this. Ian and I send you all our love and best wishes for a positive outcome.

The Mechanic AKA. Mick Lomax said...

Hi to both of you

Stunned by the news, I hope everything goes to plan and Les beats this. Please keep us updated on how things go.


Paul and El said...

Sorry to hear the news guys, anything you need doing just holler.
Paul & Elaine

Anonymous said...

Hi Les & Jac

Sorry to hear your news. I know how you are feeling as you know have been there.

Be positive and you will win...mind over matter and all that.

Thinking of you ...Take care


Ken and Sheena said...

echoing Mick's post above..

"Stunned by the news, I hope everything goes to plan and Les beats this. Please keep us updated on how things go."

Thinking of you both.

Jill, Matilda Rose said...

Hi guys; together you can do this; I have never met such a strong and loving couple. If we can do anything to help; anything at all - just shout.

Ian and Karen said...

Dear Les & Jaq,
Just to let you know we will be praying for you as you face this problem together. Your strong love and sense of humour will see you through.
Love and hugs to you both
Ian and Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Les and Jaq. Just read your update. I'm praying for you. I'm sure your positive attitude to whatever life throws at you will be a big step to helping you both through this.

Be strong.


Shirley Collier said...

I read the posts at my desk at work and cried. I know you both are there for each other. But also know that you are in a lots of people's thought and prayers.

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Alistair,
We are grateful for your prayers.

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Lovely to hear from you! We are so thankful to be in the hearts and minds of so many, including yourself.
Big hugs,
Jaq and Les

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