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Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:19 PM
 

Some random thoughts as battlefield scavengers poke in vain for anything of value left in Chief Osceola's gore-clotted pockets:



"It was a lot of fun," says our sixth-string running back

I think it was about the time Chris Wilkins rumbled in to the endzone for his TD, looking for someone to flatten. My wife looked over at me and said, "Is something wrong? You're awful quiet."

I wasn't quiet. I was in awe. We've seen Clemson pummel opponents before, but NEVER Florida State. Never like this. Never in Tally. And, in honesty, it's a beatdown I wondered if I see in my life (more on that later).

So, while we rightfully celebrate the day Clemson football utterly disembowled Florida State and sent the Seminoles deep into the swamps of football mediocrity for all time, take a moment to savor what it took to get here. Think where we were 20 years ago, nearly to the week: woefully inept victims of a 48-0 nationally televised butt-kicking in Tally.

Think where we were a few years later, full of pi$$ and vinegar, nationally ranked and ready to pay the Noles back for years of embarrassment. We had Woody. We had TZach and Rod Gardner. Heck, we had Bernard Rambert. We were Top 10! We had the Noles' number this time.



For years, Snoop Minnis galloped through my nightmares

It turns out, we had nothing.

Papa Bowden took his boy out to the woodshed, 54-7 The game, and our season, officially went to #### when our defense successfully pinned the Noles deep, literally in the shadow of their goal post. Chris Weinke (yes, Weinke!) faked a handoff, then tossed a pass from his end zone to Snoop Minnis. I can still see him loping down the sidelines for a 98-yard TD as the crowd chanted "Who's Your Daddy? Who's Your Daddy?" Wave after wave of fresh FSU players chewed us into cane pulp, and we left wondering when, if ever, we could be that talented, that deep.

It took this long to return the favor, and if I wasn't such a respecter of Dabo's "play everyone who deserves it" philosophy, I'd be mad we didn't put an extra 20 points on the Noles for that game.

Think about all the "close but no cigar" games, about all the times, you've had to sit there and suck up the constipated war cry of Osceola's enfante terribles as slipups or sloppiness kept the Tigers from this moment.

But we have arrived. It's a little bit different than a hard-fought win over 'Bama, or yet another thumping of Ohio State. Those are wins that engender respect. The Noles refuse to give respect. They're the folks who want to look down their nose at you, even if they have to tilt their chins skyward to do so.

That's fine. They may break out their clippings and old videotapes for comfort, but there's nowhere to look but the past. As the Tiger's roar echoes, their whimpering war cry settles silently in the swamps of Florida. And it feels good ... REAL good.

It's been a long, strange trip. But it's been well worth the mileage.

Welcome to the future, Tigers.

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A personal note: A few folks have wondered where I've been recently. Short answer, I've been sick. While all true sons of Clemson were celebrating our flattening of Florida State last November, I was hooked up to a machine that sucked every drop of plasma from my body. A day later and I'd be celebrating this season with Bob Bradley and Banks McFadden and Frank Kellars ... wonderful company, but not folks I'm keen on meeting just yet.

I've got an affliction known as multiple myeloma. The easiest way to describe it, as my doc at UNC (lousy team, great hospital) says, is termites in your bloodstream. They decide on a place to hunker down and start chewing. Sometimes, its in a kidney, sometimes, it's in your liver.

This time, it's in my back. And when they start eating, they start hard. From late October through Thanksgiving I lost about 4 pounds and six inches (farewell to my dreams of playing starting guard for the Senior Olympics!) I had to go into the bubble for half a year after a bone marrow transplant and sort of fell off the map. I currently have the immunization level of a 6-month-old, but at least my hair has grown back.

On the bright side, I was too sick to worry about our loss to 'Bama. The morphine helped considerably.

If anyone has any questions, I'm wide open. Aside from that, Go Tigers!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:20 PM
 

The Rev is baaacccckkkkkkkkk!!!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:31 PM
 

So good to hear from you Rev. May God bless you as you battle the "termites".

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:29 PM
 

:) :) :) :) :)


Rev you've been missed...welcome back! I'll continue to

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:24 PM
 

pray for you as you continue to fight!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:25 PM
 

My goodness you have gone through some terrible stuff. I’m so glad that you got there in time and the bone marrow. Prayers for your continued improvement

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:26 PM
 

Thanks for the sermon, Rev. Prayers sent for your health.


Hey buddy! Good to see ya posting!***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:26 PM
 



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Glad to see you back Rev GOD BLESS

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:28 PM
 

,


Welcome home Rev!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:32 PM
 

Keep fighting like a Tiger! I'm praying that everything works out for you.

Go Tigers AND Tiger Nation!

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Go Tigers AND Tiger Nation!


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:32 PM
 

Wow. Thanks, Rev. I've missed your posts. Prayers for your health and recovery. I believe in that. I also believe in these Tigers. This Year.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:32 PM
 

Than you thank you thank you and welcome back!!!!!!!


Welcome back!***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:36 PM
 

Welcome back. Appears you had a tough battle but that Tiger Spirit seems to have healing powers. Hope and pray you will continue to be blessed from above and from all of God's children. In the meantime I'll be sitting in the AMEN corner awaiting your next jewel.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:36 PM
 

Good to see you, and hope you're feeling much better!

I hope we go back to the CFP and whip Bama. No worries to be had. Gee Hawd!

Go,Rev! And, Go Tigers!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:43 PM
 

Glad your back Rev. Hope your recovery goes well.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:09 PM
 

Rev. Dodd,
Sorry to learn why you have been absent of late. Cancer is not a pleasant “walk in the park.” Your perspective was welcomed. Now if Dabo and company can keep it up that would be great, but you need much more. Prayers sent.


YASSS!!!!!!...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:44 PM
 

Welcome home, Rev! You’ve been sorely missed. So sorry to hear of the ordeal you’re going through but know we’ve got you all prayed up. ????
GO TIGERS!


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:44 PM
 

Welcome back. God bless you! Missed your insights!


I’ll just second every post above this one.***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:48 PM
 



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Welcome back, Rev. You 'da man!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:48 PM
 

Just consider that the can of whoop-a$$ the Tigers opened on the 'Noles was a magical cure for your afflictions. And if that doesn't do it, just hang in there for about 2 months, and maybe the Natty will! Prayers for you! Go Tigers.

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:48 PM
 

Have missed your sermons and glad to see you back. Thoughts and Prayers for a continued recovery??


God bless you Rev! Sorry to hear you’ve been through so much!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:52 PM
 

I have missed your sermons! So good to hear from you. You will be in my prayers!


Great post as always. But even better hearing from you!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:52 PM
 

Go Tigers and get well.

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HUZZAH!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:56 PM
 

Welcome back!!!

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:57 PM
 

Great to hear from you. We’ve all missed you. Prayers for your health. Carry on the good race. We need you for the future Gee Haws. Be well.

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Man it's good to see that username...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:58 PM
 

thought we might have seen your last post and it saddened me greatly. Never been happier to be wrong.

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 4:58 PM
 

Welcome back and God bless you. We really missed you satire and wisdom. Craig


Met you years ago in WS at a Wake game...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:01 PM
 

Thanks for the sermon and prayers for you. You're a special guy.

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Re: Met you years ago in WS at a Wake game...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:03 PM
 

Glad you are back and pray you continue to improve your health. Bless you!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:02 PM
 

Glad you’re back Rev!!! Your courage in battling the termites is truly awe inspiring!

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:05 PM
 

Fantastic sermon as usual Rev.....
And prayers up for your health!


Oh my! So glad to see you again!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:09 PM
 

Hope your health continues to get better! Stay strong Rev.

On the other hand, we have come a long way from having to wage GeeHawd trips against the likes of Wake Forest, right!!

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Much respects RevDodd

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:13 PM
 

You have a lot of fans and friends on this Board … glad to see your post and hear the Heel SME's are helping you push back.

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It was a bit tense after the win in hoops...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 8:21 PM
 

...I had to double-check the pills for a few days!

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Welcome back, Rev.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:14 PM
 

Literally. Prayers for a complete recovery.

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SOO happy to see your sermon again! God bless you and your

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:20 PM
 

family and the doctors to return you to good health. GO TIGERS and enjoy this amazing season!

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You have been sorely missed, good sir! I am

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:21 PM
 

praying for your continued improved health!

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~> Welcome back Gee-Hawd Warrior (aka Rev Dodd) & know David’s Confetti is abundant on TN..

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:37 PM
 

and that I single-handedly tried my best to cover for you but No luck!

Seriously, wish we’d definitely known your actual plight & personal Gee-Hawd against such dastardly germs but you’re well enough to preach again to the TNet congregation, even to the non-paying ones!

Healing wishes, inner Peace & renewed Happiness are being sent to You in an ORANGE Force!

Welcome back Dear Sir.

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To All CLEMSON TiGERS..Sending you Bright Light from the Carolina Coast and hoping you get to witness a huge Orange sunset tonight. Go Tigers!


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:29 PM
 

Welcome back Rev. You haven’t missed a beat. Great sermon today. Prayers going up for you to beat this thing. God bless you sir.

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Welcome back Rev! Keep up the fight and God Bless you!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:29 PM
 

You'll be in my prayers!

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Well I wondered where the GEE-HAWD came from Saturday...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:31 PM
 

...and now we know.

The Rev has been using up the Gee-Hawd on surviving, but left some for GEE-HAWD on FSU.

Prayers to you and your family for a full recovery. Glad to hear from you again.

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Naw: I feel a bit like Glinda talking with Dorothy...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 8:34 PM
 

"You don't need to be helped any longer. You've always had the power to go home."

The power of Gee-Haw'd!! was satisfied when Hunter gobbled up that touchdown pass.

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And what a Great Gee-Haw'd that was!!!


Posted: Oct 29, 2018 12:58 PM
 

Go Tigers AND Tiger Nation!

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Go Tigers AND Tiger Nation!


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:33 PM
 

We missed you!!! Grateful to hear from you and sending you all the love and prayers I got.


Thank heavens...welcome back Rev!!***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:34 PM
 



J. Marc Edwards
Cary, NC


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:40 PM
 

Prayers for you and it's great to see you post again.


We all continue to pray for you Rev...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:41 PM
 

...Those UNC doctors are some good ones!
Maintain Dabo as an inspiration to NEVER give up and keep fighting, no matter how painful it is.

J. Marc Edwards
Cary, NC


Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:41 PM
 

I can sure relate with you on many levels Rev and I’m glad to say Welcome Back!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:43 PM
 

Thank God you are back Revv. I'm praying for you. GO TIGERS !


So very sorry. I have

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:43 PM
 

good friend fighting the same battle. God Bless.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:45 PM
 

Good to hear from you. God bless you man. Go Tigers!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:45 PM
 

Good to hear from you. God bless you man. Go Tigers!


I don't have the words...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:48 PM
 

...to express what a pleasure it is to read you again. Welcome back! Take care....


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 5:55 PM
 

God Bless You, Reverend!!

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Beautiful sermon Rev...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:02 PM
 

Here's hoping that you'll kick myeloma's behind...


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:03 PM
 

A nice post concerning our background with the Noles.
Your health issues sound like they're on the upswing. After everything you've been through you have to be "tiger" to withstand your battles.
May God bless your body and spirit in The name of Jesus Christ.
Keep up the good fight Rev.

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:06 PM
 

Keep fighting the good fight. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

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The Prodigal T-Netter has returned!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:08 PM
 

Let's feast!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:08 PM
 

great hearing from you again. keep fighting rev. we've missed you

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GREAT to have you back, Rev, and continued prayers

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:09 PM
 

that your health trajectory is onward and upward!

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Welcome back Rev, you've been missed! Prayers for a full

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:10 PM
 

and complete recovery.

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Re: Sunday Sermon: We got there, but what a long, strange trip

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:10 PM
 

What a great post. God bless you. Thank you


Welcome back Rev! Let's get out the snakes and celebrate!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:13 PM
 

You've been missed. Some tried to take on the mantle, but there's only one you.

Snakes and strychnine all around!

To your very good health sir!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:19 PM
 

Welcome back Rev! I've missed you and your sermons.

Praying for you and your recovery.

I'm curious how the doctors figured out what you have. Hope they can get you on the mend.

John

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Ahhh! That's a story within itself ...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:17 PM
 

If you know about MM (which of course I didn't at the time) it has a "smoldering stage" allowing it to build strength like a tropical storm in the middle of nowhere. It's there, winding up, but no one knows.

I had been short of breath all summer, which I attributed to getting old. TO be safe, I requested a pulmonary checkup (which came through six months later). Then I started getting nosebleeds and started talking like Ro-Revus at times. The day after Clemson whipped Kent State, I was pulling weeds in the yard and pulled my back ... or so I thought. Two trips to our local clinic revealed nothing because my blood work came back so screwy they assumed the readings were faulty.

(Quick tip: If you ever get screwy blood work, DON'T shrug it off ... make them take it again)

By the weekend of the NC State game, I was a wreck, but had no idea why. My back and hip were locked up and in our small town ER, they were literally unable to draw blood. It was just too thick.

The next evening, I was in a coma. I woke up six days and three hospitals later, which was a shame ... I understand the FSU game was great!

My wife, Lord love her, filled in the blanks. Once they were able to sludge out some blood, myeloma was an easy diagnosis. While I was unconscious, X-rays also revealed my back wasn't sprained ... it was splintered. A dozen compression fractures along the spine and hip made it an easy call as well.

So, if you have a cold that won't go away, a nosebleed that keeps coming back or leg and back ache that's taking forever to get healed, politely insist on a complete blood panel.

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Re: Ahhh! That's a story within itself ...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:08 PM
 

Yes yes yes, and as soywaker® would likely agree nothing is more important than being your own patient advocate, if something ain't right...well it probably isn't don't ignore it!

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WB Rev

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:19 PM
 

You’ve been sorely missed. While you’re right Frank, Banks, Bob, among many others are a great bunch, we ain’t ready to see you join them just yet. I’ll continue to keep you in my prayers.

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All Tiger Nation welcomes you back! God bless you.***

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I’ve said it to others and want to say to you Rev!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:24 PM
 

You’ve carried me through many low times and many High times during my years on Tigernet.

Many Sundays after a humiliating loss or eeking out a win over some lowly opponent, you cheered me up. You gave me hope. Not of the Eternal type but of the eternal type. I would check at 10. Then at 11 then....there it is! Rev’s post. Unwinding the whole game/season/life. I felt good again. We would tower over Florida State some day. Rev said so!

God Bless you Chick and all you have meant to me and Tiger Nation.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:25 PM
 

God bless Rev. Get better. Prayers for you and your family.

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Rev! You’re a Clemson treasure and TigerNet Icon!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:26 PM
 

Can’t tell you how glad I am to see you post again.

Keep fighting and grinding and most importantly, be joyful at all times! You have thousands of Tiger fans (plus many others I’m sure) praying and supporting you as you come out on top of your personal battle!

Looking forward to many years of our beloved Rev preaching the good football and life word!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:29 PM
 

Prayers to you and your Family!!! It's in God's hands, so hopefully, he blessed the Tar Heels better in the Medical Department than the Athletic Department!!! Thanks for you POST!


They were actually pretty cool about it ...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:21 PM
 

...although they were more impressed with our win in hoops over Ohio State.

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God Bless Rev!!***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 6:59 PM
 

Never had the pleasure of knowing you on Tnet until now. When I saw all the “He’s back!!” posts I knew you must be special to a lot of long time Tnetters. Sounds like I’ve missed out but I’m grateful you’ve fought through to see the Tigers dominate the Noles. Fantastic sermon and God bless your future journey. I’ve walked it myself. Trusting 100% the Lord will be with you throughout. Tigernation clearly is cheering for you.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:06 PM
 

I rarely post but must say I have truly missed the weekly sermons. Sorry to hear about your ailment, but know that "The Man Upstairs" has your back, and we will be praying for You!!! Looking forward to future sermons as you feel well enough to preach. Go Tigers!!


glad to hear you are still with us. great read as always

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:18 PM
 

prayers


Confidence level just went to 110% - Thanks Rev

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:19 PM
 

The Rock is back - and the faithful rejoice with prayers for your health.

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Re: Confidence level just went to 110% - Thanks Rev

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:21 PM
 

hope all continues to go well Rev

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:20 PM
 

Sorry to learn about your health issues. Best wishes for a full recovery.

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I'm glad I didn't see your post until this evening.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:36 PM
 

There is something about the still of the night that inspires reflection, and your words have caused me to think of all the wonderful words of encouragement from your gifted mind during my membership.

I recall my days in the 1960's as the Editor of "The Tiger," when mere words were never sufficient. Rather, thoughtful reflection was required to produce words that caused others to think. I knew long ago that you had that talent, and for that I am thankful.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, while wishing the best for you and your family.

Harry

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 7:59 PM
 

Please share with us (when you care to) the progress of your battle. Many here truly care about you and would love to be updated.
Prayers and Blessings upon you!!


welcome back rev!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 8:21 PM
 

been praying for you since i heard you were "under the weather" a while back. didn't hear what it was but till now, sounds terrible. hang in there and i'll keep praying for ya.


God bless and protect the Rev. !***

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:00 PM
 

Even as you battle darkness, thank you for sharing your light; surely the darkness has not overcome it.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:01 PM
 

God's richest blessing to you and your family. We'll keep tyou constantly in our prayers. Having somewhat the same dilemma(S4 Lung Cancer) and knowing so many prayers and thoughts lifted in your behalf is indeed a BLESSING we all need.

Stay the course and as Sandy and i say, "A Day at a Time".

71PR, Ron Wright


Welcome back...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:04 PM
 

and hang in there!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:08 PM
 

Thank you for yet another exceptional sermon. Tigernet is blessed to have you. It is my hope that the worst is behind you, and that you're getting stronger and feeling better by the day.

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Glad your back

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:25 PM
 

Prayers to you and hope you get back and better than ever!


Great to see you back, Rev

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:42 PM
 

I'm not a doctor, nor did I stay in a holiday inn, but I hope your ailments subside and you can cheer us on towards Another Clemson Championship

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:44 PM
 

Prayers Rev!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:03 PM
 

Sure have missed you!
Keep fighting Rev.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:11 PM
 

I thank you sir for your sermons as I can do now that I've started posting some. So glad you are back and you will be in my prayers for continued healing. GO TIGERS!!

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Your wisdom and wit have been sorely missed here.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:15 PM
 

Welcome back. I will continue to pray for your continued improved health. Go Tigers!!

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Proud to give you TU #200, and glad to hear from you Rev.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:33 PM
 

T's & P's and all that my good man.

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God Bless you Rev...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:33 PM
 

Have a cousin with same...will add you to my prayers. Keep up the strong spirit...be like a Tiger!

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Has your cousin had stem cell yet?

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 2:19 PM
 

If not, get him or her a few bags of this: Chinese ginger-coconut candy. Severe nausea is a near-certainty, and this stuff was a Godsend to lots of folks in the BMU.



If we can be of any help, don't hesitate to holler!

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Thanks Rev...


Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:41 PM
 

she had stem cell a while back and it was successful...she was first diagnosed 8 years ago. She developed suspicious issues with her spine (loss of feeling in legs) earlier this year and without actually pinpointing the reason, she began a recently released medication (I believe pills) that has excellent results...has been in remission for several months. She is Vietnam Vet(retired Army nurse) being treated at VA facilities in Seattle. I will inquire about her treatment, etc and advise. God Bless & take care buddy...there are new medications being introduced that you are probably not aware.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:47 PM
 

Welcome back Rev! We have missed our Sunday sermons but most importantly glad to hear you are fighting and doing better.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:53 PM
 

SO glad to have you back with us, Rev!! Praying for you and KEEP FIGHTING!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:56 PM
 

Welcome back @RevDodd® from your "neighbor" just up 401 from you! If you ever need anything, a closer place to stay near UNC-CH (30 maybe 45 min from my driveway to walking into hospital doors at the cancer center) for you for your family don't hesitate to ask, or even if you need a meal on your way home, we're happy to help! Good to "hear" your voice again. You don't know me from Adam but I remember reading your sermons back in 2001 when I was just a lurker on the site. My how times have changed...Good to have ya back!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 10:59 PM
 

God bless you Rev!

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Rev,

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:01 PM
 

Your sense of -and ability to put into sermons - the journey, history, and emotion of Tiger fans has crystalized so many key points over what - the last 10? 15? years of the Tigers climbing the mountain. You truly are the voice of the fan and I relish your sermon posts.

I hope that your chemo and transfusions/(stem cell therapy?) have demolished the miscreant plasma, the way the Tigers demolished the Seminoles.

Since you are open to questions-
Stage? How early was it found?
What helps you from here?

Give our regards and thanks to your wife as well. The caregiver role is a hard one.


We've been taking turns care-giving...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:23 PM
 

As mentioned in a post earlier, the docs made the diagnosis when I slipped into a coma in early November. It could have been spotted earlier, but my blood results were so screwy (sort of like molasses laced with protein powder) that our local clinic decided their machines must have screwed up.

It was a hyper-aggressive Stage 3 myeloma, that set up shop in my back. Docs don't know what triggers it, nor why it "smolders" for years in some and hops right up to full steam for folks like me. Currently it seems to be in remission, and with continued chemo we're hoping that's where it will stay for a while. As you may know, there's no cure. We're literally taking serpents and strychnine from now on.

Meredith and I have been flip-flopping the caregiver role. She had triple bypass surgery two years ago and got better just in time for my little adventure.

Sometimes we look at each other, shake our heads and quote Auntie Entity from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome:"



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After your post I researched your disease

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:11 PM
 

I am so sorry you are having this difficult time. Clearly based on the information I read, you have had quite a year. I sincerely hope you are on the road to recovery. All in Tiger nation will keep you in our prayers.

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In truth, a lot of folks have it worse...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:43 PM
 

I learned a lot about myeloma, and learned it fast. I also learned that a lot of folks have things a lot worse than me. It's a lot scarier to have it settle in your vital organ, though it hurts more in your bones ... at least I knew what it was doing and heavy-duty medication takes the edge off things.

When I was in the bubble at Chapel Hill, the guy next door was retired Army. He served in Vietnam during Tet. He said this was scarier by far. It's there, you know it's there and you know it's going to do something, someday.

You just don't know what or when.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:12 PM
 

God bless ! Great post! Get well soon!


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:40 PM
 

I've lifted up prayers for you, RevDodd. God's blessings for increased strength, improved health, and many moments of joy with family, friends, and even Tiger football.


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Posted: Oct 28, 2018 11:47 PM
 

God Bless you sir and may he give you strength in your struggle. Know you are not alone.


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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 12:52 AM
 

God, it's good to have you back, Rev! I SO painfully remember the beatdown we took from FSU in the past. All the times I had nacho cheese and cokes thrown on me, all the times i heard "we smell tiger s h e e t...", and omg that horrible chant and the Tommy hawk ! This was a really refreshing game and i too am glad i was here to see it! Kidneys failing on me from time to time, so i feel your pain. Our family sends you and yours prayers as always!

Go Tigers !

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 1:04 AM
 

well said and god speed amigo

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welcome back Rev! hope you're able to stay for a long,

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 1:45 AM
 

long time....Go Tigers!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 6:46 AM
 

Rev, it fills my heart with joy and my eyes with tears to see you back on the boards (I like to think my facebook comment from a week or so ago inspired your triumphant return but know better than to booster my own ego that way, lol). It is truly a joy to read your posts again. I knew you weren't well, but didn't realize just how bad it had gotten. Continued prayers and best wishes to you for a strong recovery. -ryan


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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:32 AM
 

Nice to have you back. Prayers up!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:52 AM
 

Welcome back Rev! Never been so anxious to give a thumbs up.


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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:56 AM
 

Nice! Glad you are back and you were missed! God Bless you!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 8:25 AM
 

Welcome back! You were missed by a lot of folks here.

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 8:42 AM
 

fight.

-RB

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Welcome back. Prayers for a complete recovery!***

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 9:03 AM
 

Welcome back and keep fighting ....... you are indeed a real Tiger! In the meantime, you will remain in my prayers!


AWW, bless your hearts. Been praying for you and your wife

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 9:24 AM
 

as we knew she was going through health issues too. How can we all feel so close to someone we've never met? I don't know, but you truly feel like that guy we all depend on for hope and clarity. So glad to see you're strong enough to fight the fight! with love, Warrior Princess

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welcome home, rev!***

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Glad you are back!***

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 10:08 AM
 

Rev... my mom has/ had MM. hip and back. Two surgeries, chemo, fusions and 5 years later it is in remission. Praying for you. Keep the faith. Go Tigers!


Please say howdy for me...

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 2:26 PM
 

...and I can certainly relate. Delighted to hear she's in remission!

I imagine my docs will discuss fusion or adding a couple of steel rods for support.

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:45 PM
 

She has a rod in her leg to help with the hip and fused two discs in her lower back where the cancer ate away part of her spine. Walks with a cane now after several months using a walker.


Glad you're back! Fight Tigers, Fight, D@mnit and Win!***

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Welcome back Rev!***

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 10:13 AM
 

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 10:17 AM
 

Rev, many years fron now when you do meet up with Banks, Bob, and Frank, please find Jim Phillips to join you.

To the Rev's Tnet friends: Please register as a bone marrow donor. Donor/recepient matches are difficult to find. I've been registered for a long time and have never been called.


That's one of the rotten things about MM...

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 2:31 PM
 

...I had to contact the national donor lists and have them remove me.

And I can't give blood anymore.

Everyone else, donate: It's one of the things everyone can give that pays inestimable dividends!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 10:45 AM
 

Welcome back good sir. Always enjoy reading your posts.

Keep fighting the good fight. God bless and Godspeed on your recovery.


God bless you Rev and welcome back!***

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300+ TU's. Now, THAT's a Gee Hawd!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 11:53 AM
 

Looks like a Haul of Fame poast to me.

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Best post I've seen in a LOOONG time!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 12:48 PM
 

Good to see you on the board Rev.

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Welcome back and prayers for your continued improvement***

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 3:20 PM
 

Welcome back, Rev., and a great sermon! Prayers for your continued recovery.

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WELCOME BACK REV!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 3:39 PM
 

You were missed! Glad to hear you are recovering! Our prayer are with you!

Go Tigers!!!

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GOD BLESS AND GET WELL SOON

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:58 PM
 

Prayers are with you.

GO TIGERS AND REV

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Welcome back, Rev!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:52 PM
 

And prayers to you on your health!

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:54 PM
 

Continued Prayers, way to fight!

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And All God's Children Said -- AMEN

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 4:57 PM
 

Always the best. Always enjoy the Rev's thoughts. Hang in there. There are many people pulling for you and praying for you.


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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:12 PM
 

Rev, We all have missed you greatly. So glad you are back!!! I will pray for your recovery and treatment. You are the best. Rod


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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:21 PM
 

A Very Welcome back Rev, and with all honesty, I have truly missed missed your wisdom, and your Game Day Sermons!!! Having you back will make things here on T-Net seem normal again!!! May God bestow you and your family with many many blessings designed for your needs in this life....

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Posted: Oct 29, 2018 8:42 PM
 

Rev. you don't know me, and you can't see me right now, but the biggest smile is on my face. The Rev. has posted. Your past post I have read aloud to my children, (I have 4) because I wanted them to here what it meant to be Clemson through and through. Thank you for cheering me up when we needed it. Thank you for keeping me rooted when we needed it. Thank you for being an example of what it means to be Clemson. I will pray for you. I hope to see more if you feel like it and you have the strength. God bless you and get well.



Jeff


Bump, let's get this epic post to 500 ??!***


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Been on this tnet thing for nearly 11 years. Hands down, you


Posted: Oct 30, 2018 5:53 PM
 

are the most impressive poster bar none. Your insight and wisdom are second to no one on this site. I’m praying for a full recovery. Thank you for the years you’ve shared your thoughts and wisdom with all of us! Here’s to many, many more years of life and, of course, many more sermons! God bless you my friend! Go Tigers!


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