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Bob Bledsaw Health Update: UPDATE 02/01 
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Ulthal

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Post Bob Bledsaw Health Update: UPDATE 02/01
Bob was in the hospital for most of the holidays after a procedure; sounds like it was carotid endarterectomy, he didn't say specifically. The worse news, though, is that during the stay they found a mass growing on his right kidney. He's going to be going through a battery of tests in the next couple weeks, first to determine what kind of growth it is, then to determine if he is strong enough to have it removed.

Bob sounded his usual self, so I don't really know how serious it is. He gave permission to mention this, and even post on the forums, though he said he's not looking for any pity or handouts (I told him he has friends and fans who would want to wish him their best); it was "steely Bob" who said no damn handouts or anything like that. He was more interested, I think, in discussing the future of D&D, specifically wondering at the way monsters work in 4E and how that affects the character of campaigns...

The best thing we can all do is keep him in our thoughts and prayers. If anyone wants to send him a card, mail them to me and I will pass them on (no gifts please, just cards). Mail cards to:

Adventure Games Publishing

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Iola, WI 54945
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Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:13 pm
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Wishing him the best, needless to say....and a speedy recovery!

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Wow, thanks for sharing. Here's all the best in the world to Bobby B.

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Wishing the best for Mr Bledsaw...
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Get better, Bob.
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Yeah, sorry to hear this. I hope he makes a good recovery!
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:51 pm
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Unfortunately, the news is not good.

I spoke with Bob's brother and with his son today. He's back in the hospital. Tests so far are inconclusive, but what's worse, Bob broke his hip, and some other problems have cropped up, so he's going to be there for some time still.

Your thoughts and prayers for Bob would be most welcome.
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:47 pm
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Oh, man...
Wishing him a speedy recovery.


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Just curious, any know his age. Late 60s/early 70s, no?

God bless and God speed to health and recovery!
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Man, rough. We'll be sending thoughts and prayers for Bob.

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Prayers and Best Wishes...
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Prayers...
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Okay, it's out now.

Bob has terminal cancer.

I've known now for several weeks, but the family requested that I respect their privacy and not release the full details to the public as yet. Unfortunately, someone else has been calling everyone in the industry letting them know, and it's now leaking out to the public...

Bob does have cancer. The cancer from the mass they found on his kidney had apparently spread to his bone structure (or however that works). With radiation therapy to shrink the mass he will feel a little better, for a little while, but yes, he only has a few months to live on the outside. Three at best, if we are lucky.

Now that it has broken public, I'll give his son a call and see what kind of official statement they would like to make.

I'm sorry I didn't tell anyone earlier, but as I said, that was per the wishes of his sons, brothers, and sisters.
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Okay, it's out now.

Bob has terminal cancer.

I've known now for several weeks, but the family requested that I respect their privacy and not release the full details to the public as yet. Unfortunately, someone else has been calling everyone in the industry letting them know, and it's now leaking out to the public...

Bob does have cancer. The cancer from the mass they found on his kidney had apparently spread to his bone structure (or however that works). With radiation therapy to shrink the mass he will feel a little better, for a little while, but yes, he only has a few months to live on the outside. Three at best, if we are lucky.

Now that it has broken public, I'll give his son a call and see what kind of official statement they would like to make.

I'm sorry I didn't tell anyone earlier, but as I said, that was per the wishes of his sons, brothers, and sisters.



Ugh. After losing both my stepmom-in-law and my wife to cancer in the last 24 months, this hits me hard. I will continue to pray for Bob and his family. James, if anyone needs someone to talk to about this, please PM or email me.

Flyerskippy at A O L dot com

In prayer,

Michael

EDIT: I highly recommend this site of former SF Giants' pitcher, Dave Dravecky's. They were a wonderful support during my wife's sickness and subsequent passing.
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Yes, my stepmother passed away from similar cancer a hear and a half ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Not to be morbid here but does anyone know what the fate of the Judges Guild TMs will be?

All my prayers,

Mike
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I suspected it was bad as I'm sure many of you thought as well.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and his family.

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James, I think you should post that notice in the Open Discussion forum as well. I'm not sure if everyone visits this one.


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