Monday, 13 February 2017


Dear readers,

First of all thanks for the nice and encouraging words in the comments.

This morning I had to go back to hospital for a CT scan. The provisional results were sent to my lung doctor. He told me it doesn't look good. There is indeed a spot on my right lung but I also have some metastases on he rest of my lungs.

I have to go back to hospital again on Thursday for a bronchoscopy where they put a flexible optical fiber instrument into my mouth or nose to examine my airways for abnormalities. It's something I'm not particularly looking forward to.

That's it for the moment. Next week, February 23, there's another visit planned to my lung doctor and by then we should know how things are.

Take care of yourselfs. Gerard.

121 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear. Jobbulást.

mdrosen said...

Very sorry, please listen to your doctors but don't be afraid to get a second opinion. Depending on how they scope you, they may give you a light anesthetic or numb you in some way, it shouldn't be too bad. Please take care and try to be well. Thank you for the update but taking care of yourself must be your highest priority now.

Lydia said...

I'm sorry to hear this, too. You'll be in my thoughts over the next 10 days.

Cyn X said...

thank you for the update. hope things go alright in the next doctor appointment. if at all possible do try to keep us informed. we worry. take it easy. follow doctors orders. meanwhile we will hope for the best.

Wendy Garrett said...

Darn! Sorry to hear that. Thank you for posting and know there are a lot of us thinking of you and sending good thoughts. Your blog has always been a favorite for sharing!! Take care and do what is best for you. <3

Katee Hsl said...

Be nice and kind to yourself, this is the time you need to focus and listen to your own voice. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Gerard. Our thoughts are with you - a Wisconsin fan

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best. Thank you for helping to make the internet so interesting!

notawink said...

Take care of yourself and stay strong. We're all thinking about you and pulling for you.

Jack Jason said...

Marlee and I are rooting for you. Keep a positive outlook, get a second opinion and know that people like us are here if you need us.

Jack Jason & Marlee Matlin

Lyle Green said...

Gerard. I don't believe I've commented before. However, I have been a fan and a regular visitor to this blog pretty much since it began and always enjoy your posts. My daily visit to the presurfer is as much a basic part of my day as morning coffee. You are like one of the family. I can only echo the sentiments made by others. Take care of yourself, stay optimistic and get well!. You are in all our thoughts.

Lyle Green Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Tom Gleason said...


You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Looking forward to many more years of your very entertaining presurfing!


Anonymous said...

All my prayers goes to you my friend.

Rob said...

Like Lyle, I've followed the blog for many, many years.

Take care of yourself, Gerard! Prayers going out!

Anonymous said...

Having been a stalker of this blog for quite sometime, I wish you the very best of health, and thank you for much needed joy in many days.

Gooberoo said...

Good luck Gerard!!!

loveisthedevil said...

Good luck Gerrard. I'm hopeful you'll have good medicine and a good care team. Like everyone here, I want you to do what needs to be done, I hope you can get through it with as much good humor as you can muster. I'll be thinking of you, and rooting for you. I'll keep checking in to learn what's up. You've been a daily part of my surfing for a long time, I want you to get through this, even with flying colors!

xxxxx said...

First time learning of this. I've never posted a comment before but I do want you to know I've been checking this website for many years. Many of your posts brighten my day. The stories you collect have made me both laugh and cry. I don't think it's too much to say that you have served your fellow man very well in making hearts a bit better. Not many people can claim to have done that. You will be in my prayers. ~ EAJ in Wyoming

Malcolm L. said...

It's ironic that I randomly clicked on one of your 'Recommended Blogs' and read that Kev is announcing similar lung problems! And you sound like similar characters in that you both live alone and keep yourselves to yourselves. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Wish you well!

Orang Kulim said...

Get Well Gerald. My prayers for your good health.


beirtipol said...

Sorry to hear Gerard. I hope Thursday goes ok for you

lecram sinun said...

Much love and healing energy going your way, Gerard.

Anonymous said...

all the best Gerard

Anonymous said...

All the best to you, Gerard! Take care!

Ravenmn said...

I am sending you strength vibes and wish you well. Your daily efforts have brought such joy to me and so many others. Imagine all that joy flowing right back at you.

snoopit24 said...

Good luck my friend

Irene said...

Get well Gerard! A big hug from an Italian pre-fan <3

Tantaluran said...

Sorry to here that. All my strength to you. /Eva

Elaine Normandy said...

I am very sorry to read this. Hoping for the best.

Rick said...

My very best thoughts are with you old friend.


Tim said...

So sorry to hear this, and I wish you all the best.

Pearl said...

that's a lousy turn. may they get under it.

Chad Taylor said...

Thoughts and wishes are with you.

Anonymous said...

Wish you all the best!!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Mr. Vlemmngs, and thank you for all your thoughtful posts over the years.

Greg in Baltimore said...

Keep faith. Many people have recovered from what you have. I know some of them. Fight, and fight hard. Never surrender. Never give up.

madamjujujive said...

Oh Gerard, I am so terribly sorry to hear this - please take care of yourself first and foremost, my friend - I'll be thinking of you and sending positive energy your way. Hugs to you! mjjj

Jonny Dio said...

Italy is rooting for you. Go Gerard!

Jose Ledesma said...

Sending you prayers and well wishes, buddy. I hope the best outcome for you.

--Jose Ledesma

Lynn Viehl said...

I've got you in my prayers, Gerard. Hoping for the best possible news for you, too.

Anonymous said...

I wish you the very best, and a speedy recovery.

I've been a happy reader of your blog for many years, and look forward to many more.


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Max said...

Gerard, I have read you for many many many years, and though you have no idea who I am, I always come here as though I visit a friend who tells me all kinds of awesome things.
So first, thank you, and also I just wanted to say all your "friends" like me out there think of you, send you lots of love and warm wishes, you go fight Gerard!
Max in NYC

Barbar Cat said...

Your blog is one of my daily haunts, so I too am aware of your trial right now. Prayers joining in with all the others.
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Anonymous said...

Thanx for the update! We care about you and are keeping you in our thoughts.

Miss Cellania said...

Keep fighting, Gerard, and I'll keep praying.

Terrie T said...

Prayers and strength go out to you, Gerard....:)

Anonymous said...


I've been following your site on and off for years. My feeling from the stuff you post is that you're a great guy, so may the universe look out for you!

Wishes from Cape Town, South Africa.


Lucia Cervera G.Cantón said...

How are you? how are you feeling? Plese be ok! Regards from México.

Rinaldi said...

I am sorry to hear this.
I have been enjoying this site for years now, it brings me a lot of joy. Best wishes to you.
My father has been dealing with this for a few years know and something he and my mother have found to be helpful is to show your personality and passions to any healthcare provider/staff that cares to listen. It creates important connections that make the whole process far more bearable.


Minnesotastan said...

Gerard, I used to perform fiberoptic bronchoscopies, and I'd like to reassure you that the procedure itself should not be difficult to tolerate; with just a touch of pharmaceutical support, you probably will not even remember enough about the procedure to be able to write a post about it. I join all of your long-time readers in wishing you a favorable outcome.

Eclecticity said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. All the way from Augusta, GA, U.S.A. E.

Mark Horowitz: said...

Gerard, I've been reading you for more years than I know. Focus on getting well and know that we are thinking of you. By the way, my aunt had some pretty bad lung cancer, got treated, and three years later ran a half marathon for the first time in her life. And she was no youngster. So take care of yourself and this struggle may someday be a distant vision in your rear view mirror.
Best regards-

Whuffo said...

Thank you for all you've done over the years; I've enjoyed reading your blog since the beginning. I know these are trying times, but don't lose hope - I'm still around despite the predictions of doctors, and I'll be around for many more years. And always remember that there are a multitude out here who are wishing you well.

Marc Giddens said...

Florida, USA

Another part of the world reporting in. I know that you and your doctors will fix this problem. Your website has been bright spot in my morning routine for years.

I check daily to see if you've posted an update.

Best of luck. Marc

Anonymous said...

Hi Gerard

I've only recently discovered your blog, and I really love it. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you.

Nurn, Ireland

Anonymous said...


Good luck with your treatment! I have been following your website for many years and feel like I know you at least a little. Take care!

Karl from Rhode Island

Peter Wagner said...

Good Luck from Germany!!! Take care.

Kath T said...

Sending strength and good wishes from Cyprus. I hope it all went positively today.

Since you're always here to cheer us up, here is a link to cheer you up. It's an oldie but it always makes me smile:

Bad Newspaper said...

Best wishes, Gerard! Hope all turns out well.

Unknown said...

Hang in there. You are on my daily visit list and you post great stuff. Wishing you all the best - Max

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Been a reader and reposter for years, but never really comment here.

Sending my love, strength and hope.

Hang in there xx

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Been a reader and reposter for years, but never really comment here.

Sending my love, strength and hope.

Hang in there xx

Anonymous said...

Get well soon! Yours is one of two blogs that I've read daily for years.
Sending good vibes from Robert's Creek BC, Canada.

-Destiny Starfire

Jeffrey McCown said...

I have been lurking on your and Miss Cellania's sites for years, You both have given so much. You fight the good fight and we will be praying and watching.

Anonymous said...

oh nooooo! I am so sad to hear you are not so well. Please take care. You are a sun in my everydaylife while reading your news. Love from Paris.

Tara N. said...

Praying for you!!

Anonymous said...

Stay Strong.

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Cyn X said...

re: packers movers bangalore comment 4/10/17 obvious spam. this is the reason why this blog needs to be archived. comments closed. etc. for anyone unaware please read most recent entry & all comments. if you don't know unfortunately Gerard is deceased. unless family or someone who has actual access to this blog does something to archive it there will probably be more spam. had no luck contacting blogger about this has to be official & steps taken etc etc.

RIP Gerard


Unknown said...

Oh, man. So sorry to hear. He did such wonderful work. RIP, Gerard.
Max in Toronto

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