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    Hi all - It's not nice to have to post this,but i've been diagnosed with a strong possibility of having lung cancer. As a life long non-smoker,that's pretty ironic.
    It's not 100% certain yet,as i have yet to have a biopsy performed next Monday 11th Feb.

    I have my Stelling banjo up for sale on the Banjo Hangout - UK only,& i intend to part with all my mandolins via TAMCO in Brighton UK,i one go. I'd advertise them on here,but
    i haven't got the time or inclination to field e-mail queries too much. Trevor at TAMCO will very likely advertise them on here as he usually does.

    If i survive all this,i'll still drop in for a chat,but i'll concentrate on life more than banjos & mandolins,
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    Ivan,

    So sorry to hear that. Best wishes to you in this difficult time, hopefuly the biopsy will return results in your favour. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    So Sorry to hear this. I hope too that the biopsy is in your favor. Best wishes. I will keep you in my prayers.
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    All the baest Ivan.
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    Hope all goes well

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    Oh Ivan, that's scary news. We're all hoping the best for you!
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    Well that news just sucks. Hopefully you have a type that is treatable. The best of luck to you and here's hoping for a speedy return to the Cafe. Most important I hope this is not really the end or your playing days.
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    That’s a bummer Ivan. Please keep in touch.

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    Stay strong and positive. Look after yourself. Let yourself collapse every now and then.

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    Ivan, we'll be rooting for you in every way we can, with hopes of good health and happiness for you.
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    Wishing you a positive biopsy result and hoping for lots more of your wisdom & opinions on these pages, Ivan. Take good care and sending you positive thoughts.

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    I wish you all the best!

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    Ivan, remember nothing is certain or written in stone. If it was I wouldn't of lived according to the Dr.s past 2012! So with medical advancements all the time there is always a lot they can do! My mother just went through two very rare cancers and her main surgery was 2 years ago yesterday and still cancer free. Prayers to you and yours and hope these ae words of encouragement.

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    Prayers, Ivan. I’ve always enjoyed your Cafe company, and hope to do so for many more years! Maybe hang onto the Ellis for a while yet, at least until you have a firm diagnosis/prognosis? I know my mandolins have been “mental health counselors” to me during tough times...
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    Ivan, I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers for best possible outcomes!
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    Oh my... Ivan, all the best for you! I sincerely hope that you will get through this well.
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    Hang in there Ivan. Its amazing what they can do for some of these nowadays. Every case is different but there are more survivors than ever before. Wishing you the best and dont forget to drop in for distractions !
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    Hoping the best for you Ivan,,I've enjoyed all of your posts,except this one...

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    Hopefully will be hearing from you for many years to come. Best wishes.
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    I appreciate your posting so much here over the years, stay positive no matter what the diagnosis, the universe has infinite possibilities!
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    Ivan, our conversations have been of great pleasure to me and I cherish the cyber-friendship; I know it’s not much in the big scheme of life, but it’s a good thing. I’m sorry to hear that you are giving up music. I’d have to keep at least an inexpensive instrument to keep me company for whatever time is left for me. None of us have any guarantees on how much time that will be, including medical professionals. If you have to curtail your involvement on the cafe, know that your absence will be felt and that you will be in my prayers.
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    All the best Ivan. I hope it’s not That.

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    Good luck, Ivan, and thanks for the help and advice over the years.

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    So sorry to hear that news. Thinking of you and hoping that it is not as dire as it sounds.
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    Ivan, thank you for sharing your trials with us, so we can put you in our prayers. Please stay positive, even if things look dark now. Even if test results are unfavorable, remember that is not the end. It’s the beginning of your fight and life is worth fighting for. We’ve all known instances where dire expectations proved wrong and miracles happen. Don’t forsake hope.

    Also, don’t forsake music. When health problems plagued me, I found refuge and great joy in music. When I wasn’t well enough to play, I listened. When I could play, even a little, it was uplifting. My prayers and best wishes are with you. May God bless you and hold you close.

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