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franknbea
United Kingdom

Hello to all, it is an absolute age since I ´ve been here, and it is always a pleasant surprise to see this place flourishing.  Just an update on my situation. I am currently in St. Peter ´s Hospital in a special ward for blood disorders. I have grade 3 Lymphoma (grade 1 being early to grade 5 being terminal) but they have been having a lot of trouble trying to determine which type it is, without that they cannot go ahead with the correct form of chemotherapy, so for that purpose, i underwent a surgical procedure this afternoon in order to have a lymph node removed from my groin so they can have a bigger sample than they took for the initial biopsy, to work with. I have other complications like my skin is coated in a very nasty looking, very itchy rash, which nobody has diagnosed yet, and the right side of my neck is so swollen, it has almost shut my airway and my food passage (not good for someone who enjoys eating as much as i do), the result is that i have lost almost twenty five kilos in a month, none too shabby. So that ´s where we stand, now the waiting game for the results goes on before chemo can start. my best to you all.

5 Jun 2017     



Mariethe House
France


Dear Frank!
I don ´t know what to say! I lack words.
I am really terribly sorry to see that your health is so poor.I wish you to get better as soon as possible. I hope doctors will soon find a medical treatment . Courage my friend! All your friends here at ESL are by your side. Stay positive: think of all the good moments when you entertained us with your radio programmes, these extraordinary moments when i was dancing with Charlotte , at home , on the music you were playing .
I am giving you a big hug and sending lots of love and kisses to you . gérard sends his love too.
Mariethéxx

5 Jun 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

All the best, Frank. Fingers crossed for the best diagnosis you can get. My thoughts are with you. You are an inspiration to so many. Please keep us informed. 
Lynne 
Edit: Thanks for reminding us about this Ruta, that is a wonderful poem by Frank and he has so many more. 

6 Jun 2017     



kohai
Latvia

Dear Frank,
We haven´t ever been in touch. Nevertheless, I have a feeling that I know you. I am touched by your story...

I know I can´t help you much... but, if you take a look at this post and it keeps you away from thinking about your health problems just for a second, it will be the best I could wish.

You didn´t answer my PM with the request for your permission of making that post. (Now I understand why...) 
Hope you don´t mind, do you?

Bless you!
kohai

6 Jun 2017     



douglas
United States

My prayers go out to you Frank

6 Jun 2017     



spied-d-aignel
France

Dear Frank,  like Jayho  I will pray for you, this won ´t  change things much, but  we are all members of this great community , and may some positive   waves get out to you. These terrible illnesses can strike anyone but I am sure the doctors will do their best to help you. These are very basic words and maybe not of great help but ....
Lots of love from freezing Normandy
SylvieHug

6 Jun 2017     



asungilsanz
Spain

So sorry to hear you ´re going through such a bad time, Frank! But don ´t lose faith. Let ´s hope for the best diagnosis.

6 Jun 2017     



Sue.
Egypt

Dear frank! So sorry to hear it but I know you are a fighter. 
We are all here for you. It ´s an age I ´ve ever been here too, and I have no idea what dragged me here today. 
I hope you get better soon. I ´ll pray for you.
Get better soon and up on your feet so we can enjoy your radio station again and your poems. Stay in touch with us here and on facebook.

Hugs and kisses all the way from Egypt

6 Jun 2017     



franknbea
United Kingdom

Thank you all, as always for your kind words and beautiful thoughts. I hesitated to come on here with this, even though most of you know from Facebook, but the reason I hesitated to come here is because I cherish this place so much. For years now it has been a place of solace and wonder for me, a place where I can leave a little creativity every now and then and just forget about it, (like the poem you asked about Kohai,) because the messages disappear after a while. I have recently lost most of my writings when my lap-top gave out and even though some were backed up, most, including that one weren ´t, so i was very pleased that you took the trouble to post it, thank you.
I love this place, and wherever my battles take me, i will return here and leave some of me as a tribute to all of you. take care and peace be with you.

Clearing out my tear ducts

A poem by Frank 06/06/17

 

Today I cleared out my tear ducts.

I gave them a good flushing,

because I need all my peripheral body parts

ready for the fight ahead, so I started in my head,

entertained my earing canals by playing some old

fashion song or two, and before I knew what else to do

I flushed out my tear ducts, before I even knew why,

I had started to cry.

People still frown upon grown men crying for no reason,

like listening to Christmas songs out of season,

or appreciating pastel colours, pressed flowers on the walls

of old parlours, these are just not things that men do,

by God please tell me who,

came up with such divisive crap, and still expects respect,

on me they have no effect.

I will cry when I want to and to hell with the sect.

7 Jun 2017     



kohai
Latvia

Dear Frank,
Thank you! It is beautiful! 
I am happy to know you enjoyed my post reminding about your own poem, and, as I see, maybe it even gave the inspiration to write a new one. I do agree with the message you have put into your poem. Emotions can be different. For sure, we have to work on our negative ones, but those, you are speaking about, are the most valuable that we, people, men and women, blessed by...

I can only regret that I haven´t been lucky to know any of other your poems. I hope you get better and post something again(, or you post something and then get better!).
  
Keep fighting. 
kohai
__________________
@Lynne  Thank you!

7 Jun 2017     



karagozian
France

I will be praying too even if I hadn ´t had or taken the opportunity to know you better dear Frank. What can I say, keep fighting, that ´s what life is all about. Thank you Frank, thanks to Ruta and Lynne. Thanks to this big family.

7 Jun 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Hiya Frank

It is so good to hear from you and for you to share your news with us.

Your contributions on and via on this site are always in my mind (and my coffee table). I admire your gift for poetry and especially your inspiration for the publications we worked on as a global team of teachers. An amazing effort by an amazing person.

I love the latest poem!  Please, please keep in touch during this difficult time. We are here for you. 

My dearest Frank
My heart truly sank 
and drew a huge blank
with your cafe news

Maybe you´re a lot lighter
But you know you´re a fighter
and a bloody fantastic writer 
and perhaps have awesome tattoos

So Frank, be real strong
And each day write along
anything, a poem or a song
for all of us to muse

We love you Frank!

Image result for i ´m a fighter tattoo


Cheers

Jayho










8 Jun 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Another great and heartfelt poem from you Frank. Thank you for sharing. I want to echo what the others - and jayho, so succinctly and in verse! - have expressed. I remember the hard work you put into that last book of ours and it was a real thrill for us when it was finished and we could look at it. I must say, you are such a gifted writer. We are here for you. Keep strong and stay optimistic. 
Lynne 

8 Jun 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/699254279613710583/

The ways your cat shows her love. 

25 Jun 2017     



redcamarocruiser
United States

I enjoyed the ways your cat shows her love. Thanks for the link, Lynne!

25 Jun 2017     



kohai
Latvia

Wanted to post the text that it´s a pity that for so long there is still no any sign from Frank but then noticed he has changed the profile pic. It should be for good, shouldn´t it??

...
@ Lynne: Thanks for sharing! I loved other pins on that link too.:)

2 Jul 2017     



franknbea
United Kingdom

Hello and good evening everyone, just a quick flyby to say that my chemo is going well and the prognosis is looking good. I ´ve started doing radio again, friday evenings on the old franknbea radio, drop in and say high when you can. here is a little poetic offering....

The power of your smile

A poem by Frank Letras

 

Smile often,

Cry a little,

Give your heart room to grow,

Your emotions are a mirror to your soul,

Don’t be afraid to let them show.

Remember that the night is always darkest,

Just before the dawn breaks,

Let hope be your guiding light,

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Always remember to breathe,

Laugh as often as you can,

And remember that when you cry,

It doesn’t mean you’re not a man.

Sing, even if you cannot do it,

It lends rhythm to your day,

Remember that when you argue,

…and you will…

You don’t always have to have the last say.

Let your spirit be free,

Let your creativity run wild,

Whenever you seek the truth,

You’ll find it in the eyes of a child.

 

Don’t always tumble down the road of life,

When you’re rushing…stop… pause for a while,

Of all the attributes you possess,

Don’t ever underestimate

The power of your smile.

 

2 Jul 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Hi Frank

Thank you for your news, and good news! And the poem, too.


Cheers

Jayho

2 Jul 2017     



emiliafachada (F)
Portugal

4 Jul 2017     



valentinaper
Greece

Dear Frank,
my dad has been dealing with multiple myeloma (a form of cancer in the bone marrow) for over a year now, so I understand how you must be feeling.
Glad to hear the therapy is going well, sending you lots of positive thoughts.
Keep writing, being productive will ceratinly make you feel better!


Valentina

5 Jul 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Great to hear your prognosis is good, Frank, that is wonderful news, and thanks for sharing the poem. Er, I should know this, but I don ´t,...how do we access franknbea radio?
Lynne

7 Jul 2017     



redcamarocruiser
United States

Lynne, http://franknbea.radio12345.com/ said the radio has gone offline when I tried to access it (Friday July 7).

I really like the poem, Frank.

7 Jul 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Frank was last on the radio on 8th July. If you open up the chat you can see when he is on.

Cheers

Jayho

9 Jul 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Thanks redcam and Jayho.

Ginger kittens. I love them so much and also, ginger cats. Heart I love animals and, as I review my life - I recently hit a milestone age - I wish I had done more for them.

Lynne 

14 Jul 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Hi all
 
A funny video for you to enjoy. 
 

 
Cheers
 
Jayho

22 Jul 2017     



silvanija
Lithuania


 : )



3 Aug 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Jayho, love the cat and cockatoo!
Silvanija, thanks for the whensithometime cartoons, they are are brilliant! And so much truth in them... I ´m going to find out more about this guy. 

My husband is at home recovering from a hip replacement op and his friends are coming round tonight (his Bridge partners). I decided to cook my favourite meal, well, why not? It ´s 80s throwback stuff - pâté with onion chutney, coq au vin and French onion tart as a veggie option, garlic roasties etc... lime torte, with boozy cherries for dessert. It said in the torte recipe as I remember - use 2 limes, but I use 5. That fresh lime aroma, love it! 

Anyway, prepared all that as the coq needs to marinate overnight and then I hear that one of them, Louise, doesn ´t like onions in anything and, oh, she can ´t stand lime. Well!!! There ´s so many onions in a coq au vin as it has to be served with shallots. I suppose I could make her an omeletteLOL. Oh, she ´s just called, she ´s not having a drink and she ´s leaving early as she has an early start...On a Sunday??? She ´s a retired primary school head teacher. I ´m just saying! 

Boozy cherries - try this! Morello cherries, or any dark sweet cherries, marinated in half Port, half Amaretto.

Frank - keep us posted. There ´s not much action on the site here, but I think many of us still check it from time to time.


If anybody ´s about - so, what would be your ideal meal? Let ´s hear about it.

Love to all, Some nice cat piccies - and the odd dog - below. 

Edit: maybe I should get on facebookSmileWink
Lynne 

5 Aug 2017     



karagozian
France

Thanks for your stunningly beautiful posts. I feel I should come more often here. THANKS and wish all the best to our dearest Frank as well as others.

8 Aug 2017     



gloriawpai
Brazil

Just stopping by to say hi!! Have a great week!! Really freezing here!!   

21 Aug 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

School kids, eh? Aren ´t they wonderful?

23 Aug 2017     

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