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    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
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    RIP Stephen L. Judd

    He was not a cyclist which is why I'm doing this in Foo. He was my brother and he died Wednesday morning after fighting lung cancer since January. He would have turned 42 on June 8th. He really wanted to make it to that date, I think because he knew Douglas Adams considered 42 to be the "ultimate answer." It was not to be but he will be remembered then and for years to come by myself, his nieces and by an amazing group of friends who sat vigil with him 24/7 and were with him at the end. The unbelievable efforts of his friends and the local Hospice organization allowed him to peacefully pass in his home instead of in a cancer ward and that is truly a blessing.

    As I said he was not a cyclist but knew and associated with several who ride around Birmingham and Montevallo, Al. If anyone who reads this rides around there ask about him, you might hear a few funny stories.
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    You have my deepest sympathy
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    Ah, my Dear Walter.

    Stephen might be riding around right now on a bike he made out of willow or cedar. He was crafty like that you know.

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    I lost my father in law to lung cancer and went through the amazing experience / painful ordeal of being there to support him in home hospice care. My thoughts and prayers go out your brother, you and your family and all the hospice workers. Stay strong and thanks for posting.
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    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
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    Hello Jerry,

    Small world or internet anyways! (I'm assuming you're the Jerry I've had the pleasure of meeting a few times at Steve's these last few months.)

    If you're not you have an uncanny ability to be sure as he was crafty and if he had decided to ride would've no doubt done so on some sort of "project."

    Many thanks to you and the other well-wishers.


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    Your brother sounds like a wonderful human being. May his memory live on forever with all his friends and family and may the pain in your heart soon pass. His passing at home was indeed a blessing. Hospice played a wonderful role in the passing of my aunt and uncle.
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    Walter, you have my deepest empathy. It's a hard thing to see a loved one pass. Left behind is a void that just can't quite be filled. You've a long road ahead in healing, and I hold you and your family in my heart as you find your way.

    Thank you for sharing this sad news with us, and for allowing Foo to embrace you. ((hugs))

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    I'm sorry about your brother, and wish you luck as you work through the loss. I took care of my granddad as he failed from liver cancer, painful and intense experience indeed. It remains for us to do them proud by living the best we can, and remembering and honoring them for who they were in their strength rather than sickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter
    Hello Jerry,

    Small world or internet anyways! (I'm assuming you're the Jerry I've had the pleasure of meeting a few times at Steve's these last few months.)
    This would be me...I'm here. Call whenever you like. ~jg

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    My condolences Walter. I'm sure there's no easy way to go through something like that. Best wishes for you, your friends, and family.
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    Walter,

    Sorry to hear about your brother. He was the same age that my uncle was when he succumbed to cancer almost 26 years ago. That's the saddest thing I've experienced so far in my life. I hope that your faith will help you through this difficult time.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
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    Tmax (Jerry)

    I'd like to stay in contact for sure and perhaps ride sometime though maybe down here in Fla. Those hills around you will kill both my wife and I pretty quick.

    To all others: Many sincere thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Deeply appreciated.
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    I feel for what you are going through. I lost a sister at 44 to a brain anurism and another at 36 to a brain tumor. Surviving your siblings brings on lots of head games.
    All I can suggest is the trite ' find a way to enjoy something every day.'
    Good luck.

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    So sorry Walter

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