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I have not seen too many posts from Marty, I wondering if he is ok. Just hoping he is taking some time off from the forum. 

Dave

PUBLISHER'S UPDATE:  As you all know, Marty is one of the if not THE most well known member of this forum and has always been an Ambassador for our hobby.  Many of you hold Marty and Dotty very close to your heart and have asked about his condition.  Dotty has given us an update today (6-20-19) and so I have decided it appropriate to feature this thread so that more of you can find it more easily.  Thanks Dave for starting it...and we all pray for a speedy and positive outcome for Marty. 

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Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

I like your attitude Marty, hang in there!

The wife of a TCA buddy of mine has had so many cancer surgeries over the last 20+ years, they've turned the poor woman into a "Swiss cheese", but she's still walking around. Living proof it can be done with modern medicine and a strong will.

Hopefully this latest round will will have gotten it all and you can concentrate on just getting better.

I had to spend a couple nights in the hospital back in December, and was climbing the walls, and my problem wasn't even that serious. The word is, for every night you spend in the hospital, it takes a week at home to recover. Sounds about right too, took me about two weeks to start feeling right again.

Mark your release date on the calendar, and try to stay out of there.

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

 I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.  

York will NOT be the same without you there, my friend, and I say that in all honesty and sincerity. That said, the next thing I want to hear from or about you is that you are on the mend and doing well! I do expect to see you browsing the Orange Hall in October!

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Marty thanks for responding, your friends in Tennessee will place you and your family and friends on our Prayer List for Healing mercies. May God Bless You and Be with You. Your a great Ambassador of this hobby. Your wealth of help to this hobby is immeasurable....Stay Strong....Your Friends in the Hobby love you. Great post, stay in touch. Get well.

I don't really need to tell anyone here this, but Marty Fitzhenry is one of the BEST!  I'm not necessarily a praying man, but I will say one for your speedy recovery every day  from now until I see you again this fall at York.  If I were to try to define friendship, the first thing I do is hold up an example.   One of the first people I use as an example is you, Marty.  You are an asset to the hobby.  You help everybody. 

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Hi Marty, you don't know me and we have never met, but you are a big inspiration to me and many others here on the forum. I would like to share a little story with you if you don't mind.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer, needless to say it was devastating to me, my wife and both of our family's. After many doctors one big neck dissection, months of Chemo and 7 1/2 weeks of radiation. My ENT that did the neck dissection told my wife and I to get my duck in a row, that I may only have 1 year to do what I want.

At that point my wife and I shared the news with both our family's, friends, members of this forum and with the help of all combined and all there prayers to the all might  here I sit 3 years in remission cancer free! I know the power of prayer first hand. My wife and I will be praying for you, your wife and your family!

May God bless you and give you a speedy recovery!

Marty:

You are one of the very best people in the industry and a dear friend to so many in our hobby. So sad to hear of your struggles and the fact that you will miss your first York Meet in 40 years. However, your return to good health is far more important than that streak. All the best to you for a speedy and complete recovery! I am sure that every member of the Forum and all of your other colleagues in our hobby are pulling for you!

Pat

 

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

I hope you get well marty.As the once pround seaboard coast line used to state."PULLING FOR YOU!!"

Marty, though I only officially joined the forum two years ago I have been lurking and reading the forum since about 2000.  I cannot count the times you answered questions even before I knew I had the question. Thank you for the invaluable assistance you have given over the years especially for those who have never met you. My prayers are with you, get well soon.   John Acton

Marty,

Having experienced at least the first half of your ordeal, I know its no picnic, and the second half has got to be worse.  However, prayers ascend for your full recovery, functionality and enduring good health!  You have been a great help to me, in the past, and we can't afford to lose a great resource like you.  Hang in there and give 'em hell!

Marty,

I'm hoping that you won't mind another unsolicited comments from a person you have never met, but I, too, have enjoyed your comments, events and photos that appeared on the forum.

I'm hoping that your strength returns and each day you become stronger and healthier. 

I look forward to hearing that you are returning to all your normal pursuits and these present health issues were momentary distractions which are properly behind you in the past.

I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.  Get well soon.

Manny

 

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

Get well soon Marty - you got this! 

Marty. Sorry to hear of the new battle. I have met and talked to you several times at York but I have missed the last three and will miss April also. I hope to make the October York. What you said about the number of times being put under has a long lasting effect as you stated. I had 4 1/2 hours under and it took me over two years to partially recover. I am doing better now and hope you will also. I have missed seeing several of my train buddies as you will but hang in there and make it back for October. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. Get well soon!  Bob

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