Friday, October 26, 2012



And get this, I also work with so many Team Hope Volunteers, who are so very Fabel-mazing!
All That I can say is = “Thank you all!” As each and every one of you has taught me so much!

Back to me, it’s hard to decide where I should start and at the same time very easy for it’s all there. All the memories pain, fear, stress etc. are just a recalled flashback away!
My story started simply enough: a failing marriage with a spouse who threatened to leave at any moment and with the spoken and unspoken threat of, “when I leave you will also never see your daughter again!”

Boom! It happened and as I was either too close to see it coming, or I did not want to believe it was coming at all, I was taken by surprise! Tora, Tora, Tora and I’m Pearl Harbor…
I shall not go into the reasons or the mental avalanche that I went through. None the less, it was hard 23 years ago, for as a Male I was told by one Police officer to be happy, that since the old lady and kid were gone, so why don’t I just go have a beer? At the same time as a Male there is till this day, a stigma of my gender and even more at that time, people thought I must have done something wrong to bring this about. Hey, you’re a Male, just for that alone you probably deserve it!
The fact is that I did not deserve it and no one, Female or Male deserves it, ever!!

My main concern was for my child. Remember the issues that I did not go into? Well they were many and safety of my daughter was paramount. This person did not take and deny me my daughter because she wanted exclusivity. She took her to extract some sort of warped infliction of pain on me. The proof of this is that in the 23 years plus since I got my child back, she has never tried once to see our daughter. Not that you cannot find me either, as I am not that hard to find or that she was denied but her visits even though they had to be supervised.

For the parents like me who have lived through this HELL, they know what I am talking about. We are all members of an exclusive club (family really if you must know for this is what we became), which has the highest entrance dues imaginable: the temporary or permanent loss of your own child. Your own flesh and blood taken due to whatever horror that you can come up with temporary or forever!

After my daughter Jessica was returned to me I wanted to repay those who helped me!
Eric Sommerfeldt at Child Find Alberta listened to all my rants, frustrations and pain. During all hours, many days and through many, many, many tears.
Even through hard work and a steep learning curve for myself, in a system that at times I had all the odds stacked against me.
I was blessed with the return of my daughter Jessica.
Hey, I also had help from GOD, my co-workers, family, friends, lawyers, judges, police and many people who I would never have met if not for this tragedy.

For during this experience, I had made 2 promises to the Lord, that if my prayers were answered and my daughter was returned to me safe and sound, then I would make sure that no one I ever came across would have to go through this horror the hard way, like I did. Promise 2, is that I would also become a follower of Jesus Christ.

From 1989 to 1991, I helped out with finger printing other people’s kids for Child Find Alberta. That was nice and my daughter had fun helping out as well. It was not really what I wanted to do though and it did not fill the parameters of myself made promise.
I nagged and nagged the Child Find Alberta office and in 1991 I became a card carrying volunteer of Child Find Alberta.

I was trained by Dave Credland to be a volunteer Case Manager for parents of all missing children. At that time I was on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week for Alberta, British Columbia, N.W.T.'s and the Yukon.

While worked in assisting these parents in exploring their options to locate their children. I also give them emotional support while giving/taking information, for essentially I am really just a good listener.
Though I am not a trained social worker/psychiatrist or lawyer, what I do let them know is that I am a parent. Who like them, has already gone through the same fog of despair of a missing child. I give them my hand and together, we walk as far as we can.

At that time, after I gathered the necessary information I sent it to the full time day staff and CFA investigative unit via whatever means possible. From that point the Case Managers then set up appointments and start the process to hopefully recover the Child.

Since then, I have taken 300 plus calls all hours of the day and night and in some of the strangest places.
Once, I was out of town and on a power pole assisting in the installation of a new power line to my parent’s new garage. I was passed up a cell phone with a distressed parent of a missing child on the other end by my sister. I then had to rely on my memory of the conversation to write my report. At that time of Child Find Alberta’s operations, I was afraid that I would lose the call, if I moved or hung up for a moment I also could have broken my neck. So I stayed on my pole and the bonus of this call was that I also had a great view of the Rockies!

One of my scariest calls and we all have one, is a call that I received at 3 AM from a young man who informed me that he had run away from out of province and he had just arrived in Calgary. He went on to inform me that he was getting no help from anyone even though he was a reported “runaway”. The Calgary Police and drop in centres would not help him and I was his last resort!
With help from my current wife I was able to contact the Calgary City Police Services and they were going to send a car around to this young man.

He threatened suicide if I did not come down to where he was and help him out. I explained that I could not come down to where he was and that the Police would soon be there to help him out. Then he abruptly said well, “That’s it!” “Thanks for nothing!” “My death will be on your hands” and he hung up.
I sat there in the dark enveloped in the chilling silence and just did not know what to do???
The Police dispatch said that a car was to be dispatched there but how long would that take and was this young man still at that location?

Both my wife and I just stared at each other and I was torn about going but that was not in my training, to go downtown and this was all that I could do.
I did not sleep much that night and the next day I was informed by CFA Dave Credland that when the Police arrived at that young man’s location.
That there was not just one young person but also several others just waiting. Who, if I ignored my training and went down to assist him, they would have promptly robbed me for my efforts. This young man not only was a runaway from out of province but one with a long list of warrants for his arrest.

These are again just two of my bizarre stories that we, who do this kind of volunteer work sometimes, come across.

Through all of these calls and experiences I was lucky enough to keep my promise or promises.
Which were again, to make sure that no one that I ever came across would have to go through this horror the hard way, like I once did ALONE.

I then had the honour in March 2003 to be chosen to attend training and become a member of an organization called Team H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) this organization is just one part of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, which was co-founded by John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted”, after the murder of his son Adam.

What I do is I take all calls related to Missing Children. I am able to handle these through the extensive training that I received. Also I am now proudly part of the team called the “Grief Busters”, which is Team H.O.P.E.’s most western group of volunteers the Parental Child Abductors with a International Child Abductions. Within this organization I have worked on Missing Vhildren calls all over North America Mexico, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

From which, I have learned even newer skills for my self and others to learn from and I use them regularly. For I now have more knowledge to offer and I am making great headway to keeping my 2 self-made promises. For my promise continues and will probably continue till I do not.

Also recently in 2004, I became a Christian at Centre Street Church, to keep my second part of my 2 promises. Which allowe me to do Hurricane Katrina Relief work and installing laptops in a Zulu Highschool in South Africa! I am very proud of this and I am also in awe at how far those have I come since I was the very distraught parent of 23 plus years ago.

Yeah this is me - Sir Richard,

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Just ask anyone, me Mom, my Wife, Daughters and Son all the way to Grandpa Sir Richard’s Grandchildren and now even my newest Grandson!
As you can see in the photo that Leann Smith seems like she is a running voice alone?
Leann runs for the MISSING and she speaks for the NCMEC but really, her NEW YORK MARATHON RUN is for her MISSING SISTER GINA and also against all people takers whom we have come to know!
True for sure as those who belong to Team Hope know that this has happened to you or at least someone!
Just think what would happen if we all go out like Leann and garnered support from every like-minded person that even Twitter would know!!
Building a worldwide coalition to convince all people to help change or even to pass stronger laws regulating even stronger penalties for those that take our LOVED ONES, FAR AWAY OR FOREVER FROM HOME!
But that takes time and money; so what do we say to a penny for every one of Leann’s steps!
For that is how it is done, a penny hear a dime there, a dollar (that is less than a bus fare!), or even a Lonnie or a Toonie, that would work too.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will benefit as well as all children!
To: or for those whom are Family members of Team Hope, you can look up LEANN SMITH’s home address in our TH Contact List and send your pledge to Leann Smith that way too…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Don't grieve for me, for now I am free,
I'm following the path that GOD laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
To the world, I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, or even play;
Tasks will be left undone but must stay that way,
That is how you found my place at the close of my last day.

If my parting has left within you a void,
Then fill it as best you can with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, a tender touch.
Ah yes, these things too I shall also miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
As I only wish you all LOVE and the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with any undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
Praise that I am with GOD now and through Him
Now I Am Free…
Sir Richard...
As I Send this to you all with LOVE and with all that heaven will allow!
For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending but rather a new beginning a second chance, a reunion. The very idea of resurrection is so seductive it is a concept not easy to forget but remember this, as you rise from the dead your old life here will not easily be forgotten.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


What makes a person who they are? Is it the worst things they have ever done, or the best things they wanted or came to be? Is it the FRIENDS that they have at their mortal end? Or the PEOPLE they have LOVED throughout their entire lives, or both?
I believe it is your FRIENDS, for I can gloat a bit that I have FRIENDS since 1966 with a few MIA and even sadly a few KIA, yet… 
When you find yourself in the middle of your life and you're nowhere near to where you were going. How do you find the way from the person you've become to the one you know that you could have been? Without Faith, Dreams, Growth, Friends and People that you Love and Love you, you are but as a plant with no water, inside an Empire of dirt that only withers and dies. Without FAITH you actually become as one who is NAKED, open to the elements and by then, you will have lost all HOPE too…and without FAITH AND HOPE.
You might be considered forsaken but not forgotten by GOD, as you feel yourself being pulled down into Satan’s realm, the final total defeat!
So if I may, cherish and Love your Friends, Love you Neighbors, hang with your Family and Never be ashamed to tell anyone that you LOVE them! Love GOD as He really, really Loves you too.
For in the end, GOD will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away as GOD will make it so.”
And ye shall be left with GOD, Love, Family and you’re Friends, till the end of time. 

Sir Richard...
As I Send this to you all with LOVE and with all that heaven will allow!
For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending but rather a new beginning a second chance, a reunion. The very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept it's easy to forget, before you can rise from the dead you have to spend a few days in hell.


History of the M-1917 Bayonet
The M-1917 bayonet was developed originally for the British Pattern 1913 rifle and, like the later Pattern 1914 rifle, was adpoted for U.S. troops in World War I. The rifle backgound is covered on the Olive-Drab page on the M-1917 Enfield Rifle.

The Pattern 1913 bayonet was only slightly modified (clearing hole added at stud slot), was redesignated the M-1917 Bayonet and given US markings when manufactured. Two cross grooves in the grips distinguish it from earlier bayonets of similar design. A large number of bayonets were acquired by the U.S. from the British production and were restamped with "US" markings. Remington and Winchester, the rifle contractors, started new U.S. production of the M-1917 bayonets in September 1917.

Description of the M-1917 Bayonet:
The blade and tang are forged in one piece and the guard and pommel are brazed in place forming one very strong unit. The pommel has a T-shaped slot to receive the bayonet lug from the firearm, which holds the bayonet on the rifle (or shotgun) along with the bayonet stud that fits into the crossguard hole. The spring loaded bayonet catch engages the bayonet lug on the rifle (or shotgun). The catch is released by pressing the thumb piece.

The blade is 16 1/2 inches in length with a cutting edge of almost 15 inches. The overall length of the M-1917 bayonet is 21 3/4 inches.

Left and right grips are mounted on the tang, between the pommel and guard, held by two screws. The grips are countersunk, to receive the nuts and the heads of the screws. Originally the grips were wood, but later production were black plastic.

MarkingS of M-1917 Bayonet:
Markings fall into two basic groups. First are bayonets that were manufactured for the British Government but redirected to the U.S. That group will be marked with a canceled British property mark, and there will be "US" stamped along with inspector's marks. On the reverse side should be British model number "1913" along with date and the maker's name.

The second group were manufactured by Winchester or Remington under U.S. Government contracts. The Ordnance flaming ball, the inspector's marks and the letters "US" will be stamped on one side while on the reverse is the US model model number "1917" along with the maker's name (Remington in the example, photo to the left). Unlike the M-1905 bayonets of the period, the bayonets are not serially numbered.

Beyond these basics, there were many variations over the years, along with M-1917 bayonet shipments to other countries or the manufacture of copies. Refer to more detailed books or websites for advanced information for collectors.

Use with Combat Shotguns:
Used in student riots of 1960's and Ohio Kent State. "Shotgun, 12-gage, Winchester Model 1200, Riot Type", from TM 9-1005-303-14.

The M-1917 bayonet was orphaned when, after World War I, the U.S. Army decided to keep the M-1903 Springfield as the standard service rifle. The M-1917 bayonet was not compatible with the Springfield so the large inventories had no immediate use. However, as combat shotguns were acquired for U.S. military applications, most were fitted with a bayonet attachment for the M-1917 (see above illustration of its use with the Winchester M1200). This extended the life of the M-1917 well into the second half of the 20th century. New production of M-1917s took place as late as 1969, based on the same pattern but with black plastic grips and inferior finish to the metal parts.
Differences Between M-1905 and M-1917 Bayonet

The general size and shape of the M-1905 and M-1917 bayonets are very similar. Here are a few distinguishing factors that may be helpful to ID the bayonet from photographs.
Characteristic M-1905 M-1917
Blade tip Spear Curved
Hand grips One screw Two screws
Hand grips Smaller, no grooves Larger, two cross grooves
Cross guard Longer Shorter

Scabbards for the M-1917 Bayonet:
The original Model of 1917 scabbard was made of leather, flesh side out, stitched up the inner side, and painted olive drab. There were sheet metal parts at the throat, and an M-1910 metal pistol belt hook. All metal parts were dark, finished by bluing.

During World War II, the leather scabbard was replaced by a new model, similar to the M3 olive drab fiberglass scabbard, standardized in 1941 for the M-1905 bayonets. Since the M-1917 bayonet was still in use for combat shotguns, in late 1944 additional scabbards were ordered from Beckwith Manufacturing, maker of the M3 and other scabbards such as the widely used M8A1. The slightly longer blade length of the M-1917 bayonet was handled using the same body as the M3 scabbard but with a longer metal throat. Compared to the M-1905, the tip of the blade of the M-1917 bayonet is of a different shape and a little thicker, sometimes resulting in scabbards damaged at the tip.

Sir Richard
The Bayo-Hunter....
The Bayonet Collecting Group

Thursday, October 18, 2012


In 1962 we were sent home with a note for our Mothers to sign, eat our lunch and then run back fast as we could to school so have our teacher could countersign our note with our, arrival back time at school for the Canadian Civil Defence. Well, I always rode
my bike (winter or not), so they made my friend Glen walks with me, so in case I a blown inner tube or my chain fell off I would be equal like all the other kids. 

“Please click on the forward arrow to start the below video” 

During the Cuban Missile Crises, I used to have strange dreams about a Nuclear War as I could not see why we were so concerned about Cuba?? Small, far away from Canada and I did not even know anyone from there? So if it meant (as in my dreams). climbing up our basement steel support beams cause our home was gone, as I ran from Radio Active Wolves that I dreamt about, then let them have it!!! The Russians that is, as they could have the place, I didn’t even like Bananas then anyhow? So when my Dad returned from one of his 2 jobs I asked him what would happen if, I did not make it home in time to be with our family? 

So to explain he took a slow drag off of his cigarette and flicked an extra ash onto the one that was already on the ground. Then said; “see those 2 ashes, well (as he used his shoe to join them together), the Atomic bomb will turn us all into ash so fast we will not feel a thing and all of us will then be one ash everywhere so you need not worry cause we will be together and those Wolves will be ash as well, hurting no one.” My Dad never lied so I knew it was the truth and I felt a bit better.

So when the big air raid day came I told my friend Glen what my Dad said and we walked very slow and even went to Dairy Queen as I had $.25, which was enough for 2 shakes! Mine was strawberry and I was the last one into school. My grade 2 teacher went ape, and for being the last one in and not taking my Grade 2 duties serious, I got a both hands strap in front of the class! 

When I was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, during basic training, we learned all about, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare and we had a sign as you can see posted here that was posted all over the base, which made me just as happy as that Strawberry Shake did a decade earlier! P.S. I also Love this film as it informs you how to survive a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare, now put this thought through you heads, it is summer, and you have to relieve yourself, also try opening and eating a can of peaches for shit’s and giggles, now there is a an hour of toasty fun, while at the same time someone with an AK -47 is coming to join you for lunch but with very bad table manors? LOL 
So now for a song, Let us Sing!! :) 

Wriiten By, 
Sir Richard... 
Sent to you all with LOVE and all that heaven will allow! 
For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending but rather a new beginning. A second chance, a reunion. The very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept it's easy to forget, before you can rise from the dead you have to spend a few days in hell.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


October 16, 2012
President Obama
White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President Obama,
Sir as you probably know by now I am a Canadian and if I could vote for you I would as I believe as the Leader of the Free World you are amazing! That is all that I wanted to say, but I am also a volunteer for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Team Hope Division and we work with Parents of Missing US Children. I have had the honour to work with 300 cases with Child Find Alberta Canada since 1989 and 102 with Team Hope since 2003, a total of 402 cases. It started when my youngest daughter was parentally abducted and that is how I got the honour to do this duty which I am proud to do. Now days I am working on International Parental Child Abduction cases and If I had a wish, it would be to make it harder to take children out of the US. 
One more comment your Excellency, and that is I am dying of Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, etc., so even though you are very busy, a return letter would cheer me up. 
Actually Sir to be honest if I never got a return letter and I heard in my hospice that parents could not abduct children out of the US, because of a law you signed that would be the GREATEST GIFT EVER! Thank you for reading this, as I am praying that you win this election! 
Sincerely and with Great Respect,
Richard Abbenbroek
Calgary Alberta 
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Monday, October 15, 2012


In the 21st Century beside the spread of Democracy, it is the Fanatics who are also once again on the march. Currently it is the Fanatics who wage any one of the shooting wars worldwide. It is the Fanatics who systematically slaughter Democratic groups throughout the World and are gradually taking over. It is the Fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the Fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the Fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. 1917 Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of no less than 40 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well in 1949 but Mao Communists when finished, managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included as an example, the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; mostly killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. Then who can forget THE RECENT Hell in Rwanda, which on what seems like a whim collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were not "Peace Loving"?

Histories lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
- Peace-Loving People have always been made irrelevant by their silence.
- Other Peace-Loving People will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like 1933 Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the Fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
- History has shown that Peace - Loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, Cambodians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late!
- As for us who watch it all unfold on TV or the Internet and believe this can only happen to someone else. We must pay attention to the only group that counts, ourselves who will always be threaten with our way of life and hence, we must always be prepared to SAVE THE PEACE!
Sir Richard...
Sent to you all with LOVE and to all that heaven will allow!
For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending but rather a new beginning. A second chance, a reunion. The very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept it's easy to forget, before you can rise from the dead you have to spend a few days in hell.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Local colon cancer symptoms affect your bathroom habits and the colon itself. Some of the more common local symptoms of colon cancer include:
Changes in your bowel habits, such as bowel movements that are either more or less frequent than normal
Constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement or straining to have a bowel movement)
Diarrhea (loose or watery stools)
Intermittent (alternating) constipation and diarrhea
Bright red or dark red blood in your stools or black, dark colored, "tarry" stools
Stools that are thinner than normal ("pencil stools") or feeling as if you cannot empty your bowels completely!
Much abdominal (mid section) discomfort, bloating, frequent gas pains, or cramps
If you experience any of these for two or more weeks, call your doctor right away!
Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms, especially in the early stages. It may be found when you’ve had a PSA test but these are not conclusive or digital rectal examination (then your relying on an opinion), for the best test is a cell biopsy and I want this as I am tired of opinions!
The PSA blood test is often done to screen men for prostate cancer. Because of PSA testing, most prostate cancers are now found before they cause any symptoms. Though these are also inconclusive, a biopsy may be needed to confirm your enlarged prostrate to examine any Cancer cell growth.
The symptoms listed below can occur with prostate cancer, usually at a late stage. These symptoms can also be caused by other prostate problems:
-Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream.
-Dribbling or leakage of urine, most often after urinating, like a garden hose as it is being shut off!
-Slow urinary stream.
-Straining when urinating, or not being able to empty out all of the urine.
-Blood in the urine or semen
-Bone pain or tenderness, most often in the lower back and pelvic bones (only when the cancer has spread) and sadly your dead.
The chest pain from Prinzmetal's angina often has the following characteristics:
-Located under the chest bone.
-Described as squeezing, constricting, tightness, pressure, or crushing, which is usually severe and may radiate to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm.
-Often occurs at rest.
-May occur at the same time each day, usually between 12:00 midnight and 8:00 AM but everyone is different.
-Lasts from 5 to 30 minutes of terror!
-Relieved by 1 or 2 nitroglycerin spays
- Can cause fainting or loss of consciousness, heart attack or stroke!
- What causes coronary spasms? It is not known exactly what causes coronary spasms. They may be due to problems with the thin lining of the blood vessels called the endothelium. Usually the artery lining produces a chemical (nitric oxide) that widens the blood vessel allowing blood to flow through with ease. If the artery lining is damaged or isn't working properly, the blood vessels may narrow more easily, which may cause a coronary spasm. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in these patients.
-Blurred vision
-Frequent skin, gum or urinary tract infections.
-Itching of skin or genitals.
-Slow healing cuts and bruises.
-Tingling or numbness in legs, feet, fingers-
-Retina Complications From Diabetes. I now have a cataract in my left eye.
Patients with diabetes have higher death rates than people who do not have diabetes regardless of sex, age, or other factors. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in these patients. All lifestyle and medical efforts should be made to reduce the risk for these conditions.
People with type 2 diabetes are also at risk for nerve damage (neuropathy) and abnormalities in both small and large blood vessels (vascular injuries) that occur as part of the diabetic disease process. Such abnormalities produce complications over time in many organs and structures in the body. Although these complications tend to be more serious in type 1 diabetes, they still are of concern in type 2 diabetes. Most people with diabetes should aim for fasting blood glucose levels of less than 110 mg/dL and hemoglobin HbA1C of less than 7%.
There are two important approaches to preventing complications from diabetes:
Intensive control of blood glucose and keeping glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels below 7%. Tight blood glucose and HbA1c control can help prevent complications due to vascular (blood vessel) abnormalities and nerve damage (neuropathy) that can cause major damage to organs, including the eyes, kidneys, and possibly the heart.
Managing risk factors for heart disease. Control of blood glucose also helps the heart, but its benefits occur over time. It is very important that people with diabetes control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other factors associated with heart disease.
There is an association between high blood pressure (hypertension), unhealthy cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Some research suggests that high LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, low LDL (“good” cholesterol) levels, and high triglyceride levels may interfere with insulin regulation. Hypertension is more common in patients with diabetes than those without the condition.
People with diabetes are more likely than non-diabetics to have heart problems, and to die from heart complications. Heart attacks account for 60% and strokes for 25% of deaths in patients with diabetes. Diabetes affects the heart in many ways:
Both type 1 and 2 diabetes speed the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Diabetes is often associated with low HDL ("good" cholesterol) and high triglycerides. This can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke.
Impaired nerve function (neuropathy) associated with diabetes also causes heart abnormalities.
Women with diabetes are at particularly high risk for heart problems and death from heart disease and overall causes.
Kidney disease (nephropathy) is a very serious complication of diabetes. With this condition, the tiny filters in the kidney (called glomeruli) become damaged and leak protein into the urine. Over time, this can lead to kidney failure. Urine tests showing microalbuminuria (small amounts of protein in the urine) are important markers for kidney damage.
Diabetic nephropathy, the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), occurs in about 20 - 40% of patients with diabetes. If the kidneys fail, dialysis is required. Symptoms of kidney failure may include swelling in the feet and ankles, itching, fatigue, and pale skin color.
Click the icon to see an image of the pancreas and kidneys.
Diabetes reduces or distorts nerve function, causing a condition called neuropathy. Neuropathy refers to a group of disorders that affect nerves. The two main types of neuropathy are:
Peripheral (affects nerves in the toes, feet, legs, hand, and arms)
Autonomic (affects nerves that help regulate digestive, bowel, bladder, heart, and sexual function)
Peripheral neuropathy particularly affects sensation. It is a common complication that affects nearly half of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes after 25 years. The most serious consequences of neuropathy occur in the legs and feet and pose a risk for ulcers and, in unusually severe cases, amputation. Peripheral neuropathy usually starts in the fingers and toes and moves up to the arms and legs (called a stocking-glove distribution). Symptoms include:
-Burning sensations.
-Loss of the sense of warm or cold.
-Numbness (if the nerves are severely damaged, the patient may be unaware that a blister or minor wound has become infected).
-Deep pain.
-Digestive problems (constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting).
-Bladder infections and incontinence.
-Erectile dysfunction (WHO CARES?)
-Heart problems. Neuropathy may mask angina, the warning chest pain for heart disease and heart attack. Patients with diabetes should be aware of other warning signs of a heart attack, including sudden fatigue, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting.
-Rapid heart rates this feels nice actually like butterflies in your chest!
-Lightheadedness when standing up (orthostatic hypotension).
Blood sugar control is an essential component in the treatment of neuropathy. Studies show that tight control of blood glucose levels delays the onset and slows progression of neuropathy. Heart disease risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing neuropathy. Lowering triglycerides, losing weight, reducing blood pressure, and quitting smoking may help prevent the onset of neuropathy.
About 15% of patients with diabetes have serious foot problems. They are the leading cause of hospitalizations for these patients.
Diabetes is responsible for more than half of all lower limb amputations performed in the U.S. Each year there are about 88,000 non-injury amputations, 50 - 75% of them due to diabetes. About 85% of amputations start with foot ulcers, which develop in about 12% of people with diabetes.
Those most at risk are people with a long history of diabetes, and people with diabetes who are overweight or who smoke. People who have the disease for more than 20 years and are insulin-dependent are at the highest risk. Related conditions that put people at risk include peripheral neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, foot deformities, and a history of ulcers.
In general, foot ulcers develop from infections, such as those resulting from blood vessel injury. Foot infections often develop from injuries, which can dramatically increase the risk for amputation. Even minor infections can develop into severe complications. Numbness from nerve damage, which is common in diabetes, compounds the danger since the patient may not be aware of injuries. About one-third of foot ulcers occur on the big toe.
Charcot Foot. Charcot foot or Charcot joint (medically referred to as neuropathic arthropathy) occurs in up to 2.5% of people with diabetes. Early changes appear similar to an infection, with the foot becoming swollen, red, and warm. Gradually, the affected foot can become deformed. The bones may crack, splinter, and erode, and the joints may shift, change shape, and become unstable. It typically develops in people who have neuropathy to the extent that they cannot feel sensation in the foot and are not aware of an existing injury. Instead of resting an injured foot or seeking medical help, the patient often continues normal activity, causing further damage.
Charcot foot is initially treated with strict immobilization of the foot and ankle; some centers use a cast that allows the patient to move and still protects the foot. When the acute phase has passed, patients usually need lifelong protection of the foot using a brace initially and custom footwear.
This information is about peripheral neuropathy (also called neuropathy) in cancer. Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe damage to nerves that are outside the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves).
Peripheral neuropathy is not one specific disease. Many different conditions that can damage the peripheral nerves can cause it.
This information is about cancer-related causes of peripheral neuropathy, and mainly neuropathy caused by anti-cancer drugs.
The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord and a network of nerves that thread throughout the body. It has two main parts:
-the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain and spinal cord
-the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which is made up of nerves that carry messages between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Nerves carry nerve impulses back and forth between the body and the brain. They are made up of nerve cells called neurons. Some neurons are very small, but others can be up to one metre (three feet) long. When a nerve ending is stimulated - for example, by heat, touch or vibration - it creates a tiny electrical pulse. This sends a signal along the nerve cell.
When it reaches the end of the cell, the signal triggers the release of chemicals. These carry the signal to the next nerve cell. In this way, messages can be sent from nerves anywhere in the body to the spinal cord and then up to the brain. When a nerve ending is stimulated, for example by heat, touch, or sound vibrations, it creates a tiny electrical pulse. This sends a signal along the nerve cell.
When it reaches the end of the cell, the signal triggers the release of chemicals. These carry the signal to the next nerve cell. In this way, messages can be sent from nerves anywhere in the body to the spinal cord and then up to the brain.
There are different types of nerves:
-Motor nerves.
These carry messages from the brain to the muscles. When a muscle receives a message, it reacts with a movement. Messages can be sent from the brain to any part of the body.
-Sensory nerves.
These carry messages from the body to the brain. These nerves have endings (receptors) that are sensitive to sensations such as pain, temperature, touch and vibration. They enable us to feel different sensations.
Although we are not aware of it, our brain is constantly receiving messages from sensory nerves throughout our body. These messages tell our brain where each part of our body is and are important for balance, coordination and walking.
-Autonomic nerves.
These carry messages back and forth between internal organs and the brain. They control the actions of muscles that aren’t under our voluntary control. They are responsible for maintaining our blood pressure and heart rate.
Autonomic nerves also control both the rate at which food passes through our digestive tract (stomach and bowel) and how the bladder works.
There are several ways in which cancer and treatments for cancer can cause peripheral neuropathy:
Some anti-cancer drugs can cause nerve damage. This is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in people with cancer.
Cancer can cause peripheral neuropathy in one area of the body if the tumour is growing close to a nerve and presses on it.
Surgery may damage nerves and cause symptoms in the affected area; for example, numbness or tingling and pain in the arm after breast cancer surgery.
Rarely, radiotherapy may damage nerves within the treated area, causing symptoms such as numbness and weakness. These may develop months or years after treatment.
Occasionally in some types of cancer, the body makes substances that damage peripheral nerves. This is called Para neoplastic peripheral neuropathy. It most commonly occurs in people lung cancer, lymphoma  or myeloma.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on which nerves are affected. Anti-cancer drugs that cause nerve damage are most likely to affect sensory nerves, but some can also affect the motor nerves and the autonomic nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy often affects the hands, feet and lower legs. This is because the longer a nerve is, the more vulnerable it is to injury. Nerves going to the hands, feet and lower legs are some of the longest in the body.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are usually mild to begin with and gradually get worse. Mine went from worse to even more as now I satay awake all night long and I am out of breath, spent and sleeping pills help not!
-A change in sensation. You may have a feeling of heaviness, burning or pins and needles in the affected area. Alternatively, you may notice unusual sensations, such as a feeling of warmth or burning when touching something cold and this I have!
-Increased sensitivity. You may find that even the lightest touch or pressure in the affected area feels uncomfortable or painful. Again this is me.
-Pain. This can be mild or more severe. The pain may be felt as sharp and stabbing or as a burning sensation, etc.
There are many different symptoms that can indicate the presence of diverticular disease. Stomach pain is one of them. The pain may be intermittent and usually occurs around the lower left hand side of the abdominal area and in many cases the pain shows up after eating, but may then go away after the sufferer has been to the toilet or released wind.
Other symptoms of diverticular disease include:
-A change in the normal bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea.
-Bleeding from the rectum.
The main symptom of diverticulitis is a constant, severe pain that usually begins just below the belly button and then moves to the lower left hand side of the abdomen. Due to genetic differences, however, Asian sufferers often develop diverticula in a different area of the colon and so, in their case, the pain may move down to the lower right hand side of the colon instead.
Other symptoms of diverticulitis include:
-High temperature ( 38ºC or over ).
-Bleeding from the rectum.
-Frequent need to urinate.
-Pain when urinating.
-Causes of Diverticular Disease.
 Cases of diverticular disease are much rarer in vegetarians and in part of the world where people tend to have an above average amount of fiber in their diets. Because of this many doctors believe that the cause of the disease may be bad diet and that eating too much read meat and not enough fruit and vegetables could be a primary cause of the disease.
Complications of Diverticular Disease
 Perhaps one of the most frightening symptoms of diverticular disease is the presence of blood in the feces. Blood from the lower intestines will probably retain its red color and so there will be little doubt of its presence, but when the bleeding is higher up in the digestive system it will take on a black, tar-like look.
Scar tissue can also form around one or more of the inflamed diverticula. This can lead to narrowing of the bowel which can cause blockages.
In the worst cases, where verticula burst, the lining of the bowel may become swollen an inflamed (peritonitis) and when this happens emergency surgery may be required.
Stages of Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma Stage III
In stage III, the tumor is either:
high-grade (likely to grow and spread quickly), larger than 5 centimeters, and either superficial (in subcutaneous tissue with no spread into connective tissue or muscle below) or deep (in the muscle and may be in connective or subcutaneous tissue); or
any grade, any size, and has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage III cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes is advanced stage III.
Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®)
-After adult soft tissue sarcoma has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the soft tissue or to other parts of the body.
-There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.
-The following stages are used for adult soft tissue sarcoma:
-Stage I
-Stage II
-Stage III = Richard at this moment
-Stage IV
After adult soft tissue sarcoma has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the soft tissue or to other parts of the body.
The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the soft tissue or to other parts of the body is called staging. Staging of soft tissue sarcoma is also based on the grade and size of the tumor, whether it is superficial (close to the skin's surface) or deep, and whether it has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment.
The following tests and procedures may be used in the staging process:
Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.
Chest x-ray: An x-ray of the organs and bones inside the chest. An x-ray is a type of energy beam that can go through the body and onto film, making a picture of areas inside the body.
Blood chemistry studies: A procedure in which a blood sample is checked to measure the amounts of certain substances released into the blood by organs and tissues in the body. An unusual (higher or lower than normal) amount of a substance can be a sign of disease in the organ or tissue that makes it.
Complete blood count (CBC): A procedure in which a sample of blood is drawn and checked for the following:
The number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
The amount of hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) in the red blood cells.
The portion of the blood sample made up of red blood cells.
CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside of the body, such as the lung and abdomen, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly. This procedure is also called computed tomography, computerized tomography, or computerized axial tomography.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): A procedure that uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. This procedure is also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI).
PET scan (positron emission tomography scan): A procedure to find malignant tumor cells in the body. A small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein. The PET scanner rotates around the body and makes a picture of where glucose is being used in the body. Malignant tumor cells show up brighter in the picture because they are more active and take up more glucose than normal cells do.
The results of these tests are viewed together with the results of the tumor biopsy to find out the stage of the soft tissue sarcoma before treatment is given. Sometimes chemotherapy or radiation therapy is given as the initial treatment and afterwards the soft tissue sarcoma is staged again.
There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.
The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:
Through tissue. Cancer invades the surrounding normal tissue.
Through the lymph system. Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels to other places in the body.
Through the blood. Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood to other places in the body.
When cancer cells break away from the primary (original) tumor and travel through the lymph or blood to other places in the body, another (secondary) tumor may form. This process is called metastasis. The secondary (metastatic) tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the bones, the cancer cells in the bones are actually breast cancer cells. The disease is metastatic breast cancer, not bone cancer.
The following stages are used for adult soft tissue sarcoma, the larget one is Richards size:
Recurrent Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma:
Recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the same soft tissue or in other parts of the body. So I am still at War with this disease and one of us will win and if I do not then I visit GOD!
Groin Pain After Hernia Repair

Pain persisting beyond the first few days after groin hernia repair is recognized to affect small numbers of patients, generally estimated to be 10–15% of hernias repaired. In nearly all of these patients, the pain subsides postoperatively over the early months. Chronic, disabling pain persisting at and beyond 1 year is thought to be real but rare, affecting less than 1% of patients undergoing inguino-femoral hernia repair. Indeed, Devlin indicates that every year “some 400,000 inguinal hernias are repaired, and yet even the biggest series of reports of pain after inguino-femoral hernia repair from the United States are of only 17 or 23 cases. Therefore, this must be a remote hazard… .”
Severe chronic pain following hernia repair is usually due to ischemia or to neuropathy. Ischemia induced in musculofascial tissues by a repair done under tension is the most common cause of undue postoperative pain. In this situation, the sutures slowly cut through the tissues, relieving the pain but setting the stage for recurrence. The other major cause of ischemia-induced pain is tight closure of either the deep or superficial inguinal ring during repair. Most often, ischemia in the ring is partly due to edema following operative dissection, and resorption of edema postoperatively leads to gradual resolution of pain; rarely does testicular atrophy supervene.
Neuropathy is widely recognized as a cause of chronic postoperative pain. It can be induced by nerve trauma during dissection, neuroma formation after partial or complete transection, entrapment by sutures, or by postoperative adhesions. The implantation of mesh, which induces scar formation through increased inflammation, also has been suggested as a cause of neuropathic pain.
More than a decade ago it was true that chronic disabling pain was rare after hernia repair. It is also true that the reported incidence of this problem has been increasing in recent years, 3 although the reasons for this change are not entirely settled. It is important to know the true incidence of chronic, disabling pain after hernia repair so that patients can make an informed choice of whether or not to undergo repair, and so they can receive an acceptable informed consent. Generally, problems with an incidence of less than 1% are thought not to need specific mention in discussing with patients the potential complications of an operation.
When you have Cancer you find out quickly, all who really Love You.
Yet at the same time there are those who surprise you, because they do not.
Bask in the ones who do Love You, for they are blessings whom will always help you through.
Forgive the ones, who do not, as they are but wheat chaff to be scattered in the wind…
Also, Cancer Battles are very lonely for they are just like a really scary Roller Coaster ride, that has you the lone rider, of which you are totally terrified on!
To date in regards with my Cancer Battle, I am tenaciously holding my ground.
My Faith though battered, seems like the Biblical reading from the Son;
Acts 9:16 “I will show him how much he must suffer in My name”.
So, until I find myself “Many Years Cancer Free” my Cancer Battle goes on and on,
For as always, “His will be done.”
To those who Love me – Thank You!
Sincerely, with Love sent back to you – from Sir Richard…