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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I totally get Dave's concern. The for sale post is the first time in a while I've seen anything from Marty. I know he has had health issues in the past, but don't know him well enough to have any actual info. Just what I can observe from the forum.

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.

 

 

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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.

Prayers for you Marty. As I type this my youngest daughter is sitting next to me. She was born four months premature. The Docs said she had less than a 10% chance to survive. She graduated collage this past fall, so don't believe everything the Docs say...someone else is at the controls.

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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!

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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Feel Better Marty. Thoughts and prayers

 

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Marty, my prayers are with you, take care and get well!  We'll certainly miss you at York, but we'll look forward to future meets.

Marty,  I am sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery. I wish all the best for you!

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Prayers and best wishes.  I have two close friends who went through the same issues at stage 4 and are now clear and healthy over 5 years later. Both utilized prayer, excellent health care,  anti cancer diets, and plenty of hope for years more of running trains!

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Marty.  You’ve been extremely kind and helpful to me in the relatively short time I’ve known you.  You’ll win this fight!

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Wishing you a speedy recovery, Marty.  You’ve been extremely kind and helpful to me in the relatively short time I’ve known you.  You’ll win this fight!

Ditto that, Joe. I've only known Marty for a couple of years and he has been a huge help to me. 

Keep up the fight, Marty--you can do it. 

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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!

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Hey Marty, I'm really sorry to read that you are having all these problems.

I don't have to tell you how the many members on these pages have become personal friends to most of us.

It goes without saying friend that my prayers are with you.

God Bless! 

 

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Marty,

I don't know you personally, but have always appreciated all I've learned from you on here. I've also enjoyed your layout photos.

Just keep thinking how much you will enjoy York this fall when you are feeling better!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Fred

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

 

Get well soon Marty, the nice guy that always shared the hobby with others. His willingness to open his home to visitors was always amazing. The model train hobby would not be the same without you.   Prayers from the LaGrua family; Dennis, Paula, Douglas, Erin and Daniel

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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!

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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

 

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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! 

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Marty, I'm really sorry to hear that, you've had a rough road to hoe, hang in there and keep on fighting.  We would sure hope to lose you, I'm sure everyone is in agreement, our prayers and hopes and best wishes go out to you.

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Prayers for a complete recovery Marty. Harry Henning, who many of you may know also recently battled stomach cancer. His doctors told him he is cancer free. This horrible disease affects just about every family, and each of us know someone who has battled cancer.

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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

Marty,I have read many of your informative posts through the years and finally met you at Fall York in 2013 and you had time to talk to me.I wish you a speedy recovery,my wife has fought the cancer battle three times and won,our prayers are with you.

Mikey

Marty,

I'm sorry to hear you will miss York.  The collective thoughts of everyone here on the forum are with you.  We're all pulling for you and praying for a full recovery.  Stay strong my friend.

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Marty will beat this. He is as strong as they come and has some of the best medical care in the country. We are a phone call away Marty if you need something. 

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Marty,

One of the worst side effects of surgery is the anesthesia "hangover" !

The combination of how deep under..how long under..how many times under..and your age make it harder to come back each time. It can take weeks..even months sometimes but as all have said you are one tough SOB and you will beat this with time..

Good thoughts and all the best wishes...

RD

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Marty, my brother-in-law is going through the same exact situation as you. Like you, he has a great attitude is determined to beat this disease. 

As we both know it is harder to come back from each surgery. I'm still recovering from my Lumbar Fusion Surgery that I had last July. We just have to take it easy and let our bodies heal.

I'll miss you at York this April but am looking forward to seeing you again at York in October.

Be well my friend and know that everyone is pulling for you to have a rapid and full recovery!

Steve Tapper

 

Best wishes and lots of prayer for you Marty, we've never met, but you've helped me with a problem at 11:30 PM and the info you provided me fixed my problem.  Thanks, I've seen you at York, and was trying to get your attention, I turned around and you were gone.  I saw you last at the NJHR open house this year but you were deep into the corner at a dining table so I passed up the opportunity but nonetheless, I don't have to see you or meet you to talk to God about you, and we will meet at York or NJHR soon.  Get Well Very Soon - MARSHELANGELO

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Marty, prayers and best wishes for a full, strong and complete recovery my friend from Lynley and I. 

Lynley has told Dotty that you’re both more than welcome to come visit us in sunny San Diego to recover, recharge and relax!

That's not an insult, that is just a fact of life!

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RD,

You are so correct.   I had the anesthesia for the bladder on Monday and emergency called for it on Wednesday of the same week for the blood clot.  Two hits of it for the blood clot.   This has left me in not so good a place.   I appreciate all the great folks that have posted on this.

 

Thank you,

Marty

 

 

 

 

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Never met you Marty and certainly hope to do so one day.   I've certainly enjoyed your many helpful posts since I joined this forum!  I'm wishing you a speedy recovery back to wellness and good health!

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

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Marty Fitzhenry posted:

RD,

You are so correct.   I had the anesthesia for the bladder on Monday and emergency called for it on Wednesday of the same week for the blood clot.  Two hits of it for the blood clot.   This has left me in not so good a place.   I appreciate all the great folks that have posted on this.

 

Thank you,

Marty

 

 

It just takes time brother... I've been there & I know first hand. After my last back surgery it was a week before I could type my bank password!!!!  

One foot in front of the other and you'll be back solving problems for the board before you know it ..

good thoughts & 🙏🏻

 

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Marty and I are both preparing for the next football season and then we battle then. But for now my friend, recuperate back to 100%. I will be awaiting those harassing texts when the Jets lose as usual to your Patriots! Lol!

While I was too ill to attend last October's York(1st time in 26 years), my buddy, Marty, is missing his 1st York in way more years than mine being in the same condition I was then. It hurt missing York for the social aspect but I was too weak and ill to even think about walking those halls. First it was skin cancer on the nose in July, then it was shingles coupled with the worst headaches I ever had and was believed to be a brain aneurysm in October and was cleared of that in December showing it was a brain blood vessel mimicing an aneurysm. Not a good 2018 for me.

Get better buddy, the season is coming up!  I'm getting my new Jets helmet on.

 

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Marty,

You are in our prayers and in the prayer chain at my church. Get better soon. You are the best. I know that Dotty will take great care of you and will always be there for you.  I hope you get well soon. We just lost one and we cannot afford to loose you too.  God Bless and take it easy. 

ICRRE8

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May God heal you, body and soul. May your pain cease, may your strength increase, may your fears be released, May blessings, love, and joy surround you and yours! 

Stay strong!

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Marty....you know you can depend on many folks here on the forum if you need anything....  You are a great friend and we remember you each day in our prayers and good thoughts.  Jim, Allan, Ed, and I are looking forward to your recovery and thank you for being a great asset to the hobby and this forum in particular....

Alan

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Marty, sorry to hear about your health challenges. Keep up your positive attitude and focus on resting up. It is amazing how much surgery and anesthesia can take out of you - I have experienced that on several occasions over the past few years.

Hope to see you at October York.

Eileen and I are praying for your recovery.

Best to you and Dotty.

 

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Marty,

I've been thinking of you and praying for your full recovery.  You've been a great help to me in the past and I look forward to leaning on you more as the years roll by.  It has been speculated that being around electro-magnetic fields is beneficial, you see people wearing those magnetite bracelets to achieve the same benefits.  You just need to sit in the middle of your layout and run lots trains, phooey on the other stuff!

May The Great Physician guide the hearts, minds and hands of those who minister to you and may His immeasurable healing powers restore you.  Your knowledge, insight and humor are missed.

Buck up, the best is yet to come!

Sam

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I spoke with him a few days ago, he's as tough as they come. He's very positive and i know he'll beat this and be with us at York . 

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I sure am praying for Marty to be back in the pink, he's one of a kind!  I really do look forward to seeing him and Dotty at York.

Marty, 

Never had the chance to speak to you, I worry about being out of place in making any comment.  However, through the list serve I have read some of your thoughts and know of your passion for life, family, friends and people you don't yet know.  I always learn from this forum, not only the answers to questions posed, but see the really kind and interested people who have patience enough to answer those questions. 

I have this impression that you have lived your life as someone who brings joy to his family, friends and this hobby. 

Therefore, please accept my best wishes and hopes that you recover soon so that  your family, your friends and those who have not yet met you have you back in full form.  I look forward to having the pleasure of reading of your recovery and your always entertaining comments, answers and observations. 

Get well soon, 

Manny Levin

 

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Hi Marty,

Even though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I have enjoyed and learned from  every one of your posts. The power of Prayer is awesome! I know as I speak from experience. Hoping for a speedy recovery. You, and your family and friends are in my thoughts and Prayers.

Best,

Joe Gozzo

Marty,

You are one of the really good people in this hobby and you have been a good friend to me over the years and I thank you for that.  I am blessed to know you.

Hey, I want to see you at York this October! I hope the Good Lord lets it happen. I figure a few prayers for you on a regular basis can't hurt, so I am doing that. As Alan Arnold said earlier, anything you need, please let us know, we want to help.

Hope to see you in October.

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O Gauge Railroading magazine

That's great to hear Dotty, I really look forward to seeing you folks there.   I think we universally hope that Marty is back to 100% soon.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

That's great to hear Dotty, I really look forward to seeing you folks there.   I think we universally hope that Marty is back to 100% soon.

AMEN to that!!

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Just a quick post. Marty is not doing better or OK right now. It's too early in his treatment to know if the radiation will shrink the tumor in his leg (that is causing the blood clots) or the chemotherapy will slow down the growth of the cancer. It has spread to his lungs so is now considered stage 4  sarcoma. We really won't know until later this summer, after the first round of treatments. He's determined to fight this and it makes it easier knowing all our fellow Forum members are behind us. Thank you all! (BTW: I'm fielding all questions and providing what answers I can. He hasn't felt like talking or texting on the phone, or getting online.)

 

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Hi Dotty and Marty, Thank You for your kind update concerning Marty’s present condition, your friends in Tennessee/Kentucky/Indiana will be praying for Marty to get better as quick as possible. Prayers are powerful and so is Marty. I watch Marty on the DVD ‘s often, his layout is a Crowd Pleaser, and the Crowds praying for Marty to.  Best Regards, Thank You for being there for Marty.   Your friend, Leapin Larry Levin

Marty, As a stage 4 survivor, I can speak to the therapeutic and curative properties of "workin' on the railroad". St. Thomas Aquinas said "work is prayer" so I encourage you to invest both emotional and physical energy in your magnificent pike. During my recuperation it worked wonders. Having met you and Dotty at the Big E, several years ago, I know you have both the motivation and support to overcome this challenge. And besides, anybody who can build working catenary can do anything! Good luck to you both.

 

Marty, we have never met and probably wont as I am on the west side of the states. I wanted to say that my family and I are praying for you and hoping for a good recovery. I like Tom is a stage 4 survivor. I belive in prayer and the thought of others played a big part in my recovery, so I want to make sure I pass it on for your recovery! God Bless you Marty!

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I never know the right things to say. There have been some great posts here and I truly hope they help Marty get better. He is a genuine person and I am grateful to have met both him and Dotty. I have been saying prayers for him for a good while now. I look forward to seeing him in a certain new mid engine model cruisin' down the highway again soon. I think they'll have it ready for you Marty! 

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Marty you hang tough , you’re a fighter. You’re in my prayers everyday day. May God bless you and watch over you. 

Dotty God Bless you. 

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Marty,

It's clear that you have an angel at your shoulder, not on it, and her name is Dotty!  Your fans are grateful not only for you and your innumerable contributions to both society and our 'umble Forum but also for your stalwart helpmate.  God bless both of you!

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Dotty and Marty...   Deanna and I send our prayers for your overcoming this affliction.  Your friends are numerous and the power of prayer miraculous.  God bless you both at this time and always while holding you within His hands.

God bless and take care, always....

Jesse and Deanna

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