Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thrilla in Manila

As we walked across the street coming from the doctor's office on the twelfth of June (bone cancer being confirmed), Charlie had a strong demeanor as he started doing the fighter's dance swinging his arms in the air, as if he was hitting the cancer square in the face.
In a deep growl he said, "I will fight this and win!"
Boxing has always been my husbands favorite sport.
I asked him, "Which fight of Ali's (his favorite boxer) would you compare this to?"
He didn't hesitate and said, "Definitely the Ali/Frazier fight."

Charlie went on to tell me why and the history concerning the two boxers.
He asked me, "Do you know who won the third fight?"
I said smiling, "You."

#1 fight
#2 fight
#3 fight

*NOTE ~ I feel bad about putting Frazier and cancer in the same boat. Sorry Frazier!


  1. Charlie has the proper attitude. Maryann used to say, "I've got cancer, it hasn't got me." It's been 12 years since it was first diagnosed. She has been in remission for about 4 years now.

    Her sense of humor has come to the fore and with great results. We certainly prescribe humor and lots of it for you all.

    Love and lots of positive energy coming your way from us.

  2. Tell Charlie, Don and I are in HIS corner.

    My dad LOVED boxing, and before TV I remember him sitting in front of the big Philco Radio and listening blow by blow to the boxing matches.
    I was young, but it seemed to be my Dad's happiest moments.

    I was reading Jack K. and am so encouraged by his wife, Maryann. I take much from his remarks, and have really tried to keep my sense of humor too.

    Start my radiation middle of Aug.

    Love and Hugs
    Wanda Mom

  3. We are still here with you sending love and mojo and saying Charlie's name in our prayers every day.
    He WILL win this!!!


  4. I've got to admire Charlie's attitude. And applaud it as well, and I certainly admire your comeback. What a great love of his life you are!

    Hit it Charlie, we're on your side too!

  5. Jack ~ where would we be without our sense of humor? Maryann had a good attitude too! I believe positive attitude makes all the difference!

    Wanda Mom ~ what a lovely memory of your dad.
    I too, take much from Jack's remarks.
    I will keep you in my prayers as well.

    Jeanne ~ thank you, thank you!

    Mary ~ Aww, you brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you everyone!

  6. I agree with all your comments and we are here for all of you. and we will help Charlie KO this! with all the love and support. not only for him but for you my sweet as well!

    you two are the Champs!!!

    love you bunches