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My family, like most people's, is...maybe a little dysfunctional. I have an uncle, Richard, who is a stereotype. He's the one everyone else rolls their eyes over at family gatherings. 

He's a character, and not a very likeable one. 

He's been married 8 times. He's a hypochondriac. He's was in a custody battle with his first wife from the time the kids were 10 years old, until the moment they reached majority. He's the foremost authority on any subject imaginable (just ask him). 

But he's still family. I may not be able to stand being in the same room with him for more than two hours at a time, but. Family. 

And I mentioned he's a hypochondriac? Like all hypochondriacs, he's only imagining it until the one time he's not. 

Richard has been ill with a "phantom" illness for almost a year. Difficulty keeping anything down, stomach pains...he's been in and out of the hospital and multiple doctors have seen him, all of them unable to find anything wrong. About a month ago, they did exploratory abdominal surgery, and discovered his appendix was about ready to rupture. They took it out. 

Okay, cool. Problem solved, right? Nope. After the surgery, he still can't eat and is still in pain. Another uncle, Nicky, is a doctor in Houston and Richard is moved to the hospital Nicky works in, looking to see if there's a doctor that can help him. 

My aunt, Betsy, Richard's sister, called today and told us Richard was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

All I keep thinking of is the fucking *year* that he has been fighting with the doctors and hospitals, trying to find a single *one* who could figure it out. He's had it a *year* and it's gone undiagnosed and untreated. 

They don't know how bad it is. He's going to have diagnostic work done in the next day or so, but logic tells me that, given the time frame we're talking about...it's not going to be treatable. It just took too long to figure it out. 

This really. Fucking. SUCKS. 






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