Fight Like Hell! - Zachariah Rippee

FIGHT LIKE HELL!

My dad was barely 20 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He and my mother were newly married and I had just been born. The battle began. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation. My earliest memory is of my mother telling me to "tell daddy goodbye, cause he might not be here in the morning"...

That will always be burned into my mind. That was about 28 years ago. It was burned into his mind also, because as he was laying there in a coma, he could hear us say our goodbyes. He was screaming to himself "I'm still here!" and he fought harder!

Now, every time someone gets sick in my family I fear that cancer has struck again. Since then my father has been through 5 total hip replacements, went blind in one eye, and has been diagnosed with diabetes and fibromyalgia. He has kept fighting.

He has also watched another son be born (a miracle his cancer doctors say should not have happened), watched both sons graduate, attended their weddings, and welcomed four (the fifth is on the way) grandchildren into his family. He has celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary. Also, his sight has slowly came back. My father's story has turned happier than most. I am thankful for that. However, we offer our support and prayers to all who are fighting for their lives, and for the lives of their loved ones.

DON'T GIVE UP! FIGHT LIKE HELL!

And to those for whom the fight is over...we offer our love and condolences.

Zachariah Rippee

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