O.K. - The lab report on the tumor found during the colonoscopy was positive for Cancer. Three CT Scans confirmed it. The plan is that I will enter the hospital on Friday the 18th for "4 or 5 days followed by 4 to 6 weeks recovery; Unless there are further complications." So, folks, you may not hear much from me for the next few weeks. So many of you have written notes to express your concern and prayers and I DO thank you.
Someone posted a picture that I have said I'm going to tape to my bed. It says something like, "If I'm not here, I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, please keep me here." I think that is going to be appropriate before this ride is over. ☺
Sincerely, Thanks Everyone, for keeping my spirits high. My vital signs continue to be near perfect. (i.e., temp 97, bp 117/76, heart rate 71.) I'm like the fellow who fell off the 20 floor sky-scraper. As he passed the 10th floor, he was heard saying, "Well...so far so good!"
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- Fred Alton
- Cleveland, TN, United States
- I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.