Dr Awkward vs. cancer - let's show our support!

First of all, I have the full support of Certis and Dr Awkward to post this. Dr Awkward didn't want me to make the post "schmaltzy", so I'm going to do my best to make it just that way

In life, you have good friends, and then you have great friends. I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Dr Awkward (aka Tim) for the past 30 years. No matter how good or how bad something is going, Tim keeps his head up high. He doesn't let anything get him down, and I really respect that. Too many times in life it's easy to play the victim and focus on the bad rather than the good. This is the complete opposite of Tim.

Unfortunately, in the not too distant past, Tim was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. To put it bluntly, it sucks. Mortality rates are not as high as everyone would like them to see, but despite the fact that the odds are against him, he has not let this slow him down at all. Tim holds his head high and has a lot of pride. He never asks for any handouts or pity and always has a can-do attitude. Despite his stubbornness, a good friend has started a GoFundMe page for Tim and his family.

I know Tim has been around here for many years and I'm sure is known by a lot of you. Despite his drunken outbursts of language that will make a pirate blush when a game isn't going his way, I hope that you all have had very positive interactions with him. I figure if nothing else, we could all pitch in a couple bucks and help him out. I get it that it's not always easy to donate and financial situations vary greatly, so if you can't donate (or even if you do), let's pump up this thread with support and show Tim how much we care about him!

Link to the GoFundMe: Click Here

Dr Awkward, may I say kick some ass seabass! We have only played Rocket League couple dozen times together but you've always been a great teammate and opponent. Best wishes to you. Thanks for making a new to the forums and game night GWJ'r feel welcome and included. You're in my prayers.

Doc, you and Missy invited me into your home, and are just about the nicest people I've ever met. I hope you kick this thing's ass (and out of your ass).

This sucks, but you're gonna beat it. If there's anything I can do, just say the word!

Dr. Awkward! I don't know you at all! But that doesn't matter when it comes to caring that people have every opportunity for a fruitful life, even if you invited Tanglebones into your home. Seriously, you take care of yourself and yours and please don't be shy to lean our way. Consider hopping into the GWJ Slack group if it's your thing.

You got this Doc! Let us know if there's anything we can do to help!

My wife's cousin was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. She recently passed her, I believe, 10 year anniversary from being diagnosed. You are in my prayers.

My Aunt had colon cancer.

I'll be contributing to the GoFundMe when I get paid on Friday.

Sorry to hear this Doc. Sending thoughts and prayers your way, but I know you got this. You got a secret this cancer sh*t don't know about. You're part of the dream team! It can't touch that. So f*ck cancer.

Favouriting this so i remember to give when I get back from my holiday (although if I get a bit of time free I'll do it there!)

Horrible news to hear, wishing you all the best, Dr Awkward!

This is bad news. Sending good mojo your way, though, Doc and hope to see you on the RL field doing unnecessarials soon!

Definitely pulling for you, tagson. I'll be making a donation too, whatever I can do to help. Including a great big internet (((hug)))!

Hobear wrote:

Dr Awkward, may I say kick some ass seabass! We have only played Rocket League couple dozen times together but you've always been a great teammate and opponent. Best wishes to you. Thanks for making a new to the forums and game night GWJ'r feel welcome and included. You're in my prayers.

Everything Hobear said, but substitute Overwatch. The profanity laced outbursts are my favorite. To steal from Jean Shepherd, Tim works in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It is his true medium; a master. You and Amanda pulled me from a multi year lurker to active participant with one night of Bottle Rockets. I have said it in the F*ck Cancer thread and will repeat it here: kick this thing and my thoughts are with you and your family.

Sending you all the good mojo. You got this!

CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A STREAM OR VIDEO DEMONSTRATING THIS PROFANITY PROFICIENCY?! I smell a fund-raising opportunity.

I'm mostly serious. I am ever the lazy profanity plebeian.

bhchrist wrote:
Hobear wrote:

Dr Awkward, may I say kick some ass seabass! We have only played Rocket League couple dozen times together but you've always been a great teammate and opponent. Best wishes to you. Thanks for making a new to the forums and game night GWJ'r feel welcome and included. You're in my prayers.

Everything Hobear said, but substitute Overwatch. The profanity laced outbursts are my favorite. To steal from Jean Shepherd, Tim works in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It is his true medium; a master. You and Amanda pulled me from a multi year lurker to active participant with one night of Bottle Rockets. I have said it in the F*ck Cancer thread and will repeat it here: kick this thing and my thoughts are with you and your family.

This 100%. While I want to see Dr Awkward do good while we are gaming, there's that little part of me that enjoys the times where he has a couple drinks and we get paired against a team that's much better than us in OW. I know it's frustrating for him but it's kind of a win for the rest of us on the team

The GWJ community was so awesome supporting my wife and I with her fight against kidney disease. We will gladly do our small part to pay some of that kindness back when the next pay check comes in.

Keep fighting the good fight!

Guys, thank you all so much. As if I couldn't love the GWJ community more, hearing all these well wishes and getting help and support from so many people I've not even met face to face, it really means a lot to Missy and I.

We opted for the strongest of the chemo regimens so we're hitting this thing with all we have and we're optimistic about beating the odds.
Knowing that so many people are pulling for me truly helps. Thank you all.

May I suggest what worked for my mother in law in kicking her colon cancer and many others over the years(genetic predisposition), raise 5 kids and spend like 18 hours a day cooking kickass food and cleaning said house perfectly all while doing chemo bouts at Mayo.

Should you need help with understanding medical bills, questions on insurance, or anything else; feel free to reach out. Been in the physician business office and insurance field fixing massive red tape issues over for the last 15 years. PM me if you need anything at all.

That's awful news. Stay strong, Doc Awk!

Good thoughts going your way, Doc.

You got this Doc! You are one of the few people that out curses me in OW and I want to have you around for a long time to come.

F*cking cancer.

Kick this thing's ass, Doc! Will donate ASAP, and send all the good vibes possible.

I haven't logged onto here in a year, two, more? Not sure. Saw the post and had to respond. F@#k cancer. Doc Awk, you have always been a consistently solid dude- patient of my lack of skills and bungling. Again, a consistently solid dude. Contributing now. Super sucks, but need you to kick it's hind end. Not only are you a cool guy, but I might actually be able to play multiplayer games again some day and need you to be a part of that. Also, sorry I suck at multiplayer games so much (though that seems far less important).

And donated.

Good luck.

Donated, good luck fine sir!

Docward, all the best vibes for you and may the $!@#% cancer eat a bag of *@#& with a @[email protected] tie made of @##$^@# with some $^$@ spread on it with good measure.

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Done. Good luck, Tim. Wish you and yours all the best.

You guys...I am so blown away by the kindness, both in giving to the gofund me, and the kind words here for Tim and our family.

It has been an amazingly difficult last 3 months for our family in ways I couldn't have even imagined. Tim's diagnosis came out of nowhere and floored us, given his young age of 46.

It has taken a huge toll on us, emotionally and financially and many days we find ourselves barely treading water to stay afloat. We have had to tell our 6 year olds that their father has cancer. We have had to spend a week apart from them when Tim had surgery. We have to make adjustments to Tim's parenting, when he is sick for a week at a time with chemo (he goes every other week, one week he's very sick, and the following week less sick, but still far from 100%).

I have gone from stay at home mom, to working part time, to try and take some financial burden off Tim to allow him to not feel so pressured to work when he feels sick. Also to start a career path, because the unforseen future makes it necessary for me to have a career to support our family.

All of these changes have come so quick, and our kids have been rock stars. To go from having a mom at home, to dad being sick and mom at work, and different people stepping up help with childcare..they never once flinch at the changes. I can't express how proud I am of them, but sad I am for them at the same time.

Tim has also been amazing..being the pillar of strength he is, worrying about how I am taking the news and dealing with things. He has chosen to take the strongest, more toxic form of chemo when given the option of two strengths, wanting to kick it's ass. He has let me drag him from appointment to appointment, seeking second and even third opinions until I felt confident and satisfied with his care team.

We are trying to remain hopeful, while being realistic. Statistics are there, and they aren't great. Tim has stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and liver. We are trying to make memories while we can, trying to enjoy the time he isn't sick from chemo, and trying to keep some sense of normalcy for our children.

Our friends have been amazing and supporting, including Vin for starting this thread. Without people being supportive, we would be lost. It's appreciated so very much, and I want you all to know that!

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Donated. Thank you so much for sharing this with your broader GWJ family. I know how tough it can be to discuss these personal trials in a public forum, I applaud all of you who have the courage to do just that. By sharing these issues, we are all stronger together.

f*ck Cancer, and good luck!

Donated. Probably the closest cancer has come to me personally, reading this was like a punch to the f*cking gut. Tim invited me to his house for a party last fall, treated me like an old friend, drank the beer I brought during subsequent Bottle Rockets nights. I haven't had much time to play as of late, life's gotten in the way, I miss Tim's spirit more than anything else about Bottle Rockets.

Here's to kicking cancer's ass, more parties and more beers to come!