[at-l] Sad news about Walkin' Jim

Linda Patton lpatton at fsu.edu
Fri Aug 20 20:04:54 CDT 2010

Passing this sad message on to all who may be interested.
~~ eArThworm

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim <walkinjim at walkinjim.com>
Date: Friday, August 20, 2010 2:46 pm
Subject: A Note from Walkin' Jim
To: Jim <walkinjim at walkinjim.com>
> Hello Friends -- 
> This isn't my usual Wild Wind newsletter, but I've wanted to let 
> many of you know of some recent challenges.  I returned home to 
> Montana in mid-Mayintent on planning my next long trek and doing 
> all kinds of projects I've had my heart set on.  But almost immediately 
> I started experiencing breathing and fatigue problems.  The long, 
> difficult ordeal of dealing with our health care system began, and I 
> saw doctors in Helena, Seattle, and Billings with no good answers 
> as to what was happening to me.   In July I started getting daily fevers 
> that knocked me further down.  Finally, I had a doctor who checked 
> me into the hospital where I stayed for 12 days as they did test after 
> test to halt the fevers.  It was there in the Billings hospital a couple 
> days into my visit that I learned that my cancer had metastasized, 
> reappearing in my liver.   
> Needless to say, things aren't looking real good.  I've canceled my 
> touring and am going through chemo treatments here in Helena.  I'm 
> hoping (and planning) on getting some quality time returned to me 
> after going through these treatments, but it looks like I'll be on chemo 
> the rest of my life.  I would love to have my energy back and be able 
> to do some things I'd like to do in the months (and perhaps years) 
> ahead.  After all, I do have l lots of songs I'd still like to record!!  
> I'm sorry to share this sad news, but I know how important it is to 
> have thoughts and prayers and energy coming my way right now.  
> You all have helped me in that department before and I hope you'll 
> hold me in your light once again.    
> I also wanted to get the word out about my Medical Fund.  This is 
> something set up several years ago but has been a great help with 
> all the medical bills.  A big THANK YOU who have supported me in
> the past with contributions. Since I won't be working again it is 
> something that will really pull me through with the dealings with 
> health care.  You can access it at the NTAF site here:
> http://tinyurl.com/2745osx  [~~ew took the liberty of shortening it!]
> or go to my website page about it here: 
> http://www.walkinjim.com/Jims_Medical_Fund.php  
> ...for now I leave you with a quote from a Leonard Cohen song...
> "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."    
> My life has given me a lot of cracks....and thus, a lot of light to 
> guide my way wherever I may go.  
> Love and Happy Trails, 
>   -- Walkin' Jim

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