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KSCartist
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posted 05-30-2013 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Memorial Day weekend was very interesting and not at all what I expected it to be. I got called into work last Sunday to help clean up a paint spill outside of the store. It was necessarily a struggle to clean it up before it dried and we busted our asses.

When I returned home and cleaned up, I started to get a tightness in my chest and sharp pain radiating down my left arm. I took a couple of baby aspirin and Lynn took me to the ER.

48 hours later and after a bunch of tests, I returned home. They can't say with certainty that I did or didn't have a minor infarction - clearly "something" happened. I'll have to follow up with my cardiologist. They told me and I agree to consider this as a "warning shot across the bow" for me to take better care of myself. Thankfully I have a nurse on call 24-7 to make sure I do, my daughter.

Unfortunately Lynn and I had to spend the 35th anniversary of our first date in a hospital room. But at least we'll get to spend more anniversaries together.

The reason I am sharing this news is because like many of you, I have been thinking about reducing my collection. My grandchildren will probably only be interested in things like the flown patches I helped design. So over the next few weeks and months, I will be posting items for sale in the proper forum. I will endeavor to determine fair value before I post but knowing the cS community, you'll keep me informed as to the true value. In every case I will consider fair offers.

I want to be able to focus on my artwork and at this writing, my home office is a mess.

Thanks for the words of support and well wishes I have already received from some of you. They truly mean a lot.

Fra Mauro
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posted 05-30-2013 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Tim, I hope you are feeling better! Please take care of yourself.

lspooz
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posted 05-30-2013 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lynn and I had to spend the 35th anniversary of our first date in a hospital room. But at least we'll get to spend more anniversaries together.

This is the key part of your post - enjoy life, and best wishes

Tykeanaut
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posted 05-30-2013 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Take care, enjoy life and be happy.

GACspaceguy
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posted 05-30-2013 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, contact me if you need any help.

tedc
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posted 05-30-2013 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tedc   Click Here to Email tedc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thoughts and prayers for continued good health. — Ted

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-31-2013 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, I hope you're feeling better with each day. And remember...now daughter knows best. Take care!

garymilgrom
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posted 05-31-2013 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wishing you all the best Tim as I enjoy your painting "Ahoy Endeavour" which hides the power supply tower on my desk.

Tim KSC Desk

dogcrew5369
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posted 05-31-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Take care of yourself and good luck on thinning your collection. Sometimes simplifying your life can make a world of difference. God bless.

p51
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posted 05-31-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good luck and God bless. I recently had a medical scare that turned out to be nothing, and survived two aviation accidents in the Army several years back. Things like that really make you think of what's really important.
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Originally posted by KSCartist:
My grandchildren will probably only be interested in things like the flown patches I helped design.
Don't assume this, talk with your family in detail before you do anything. A close friend of mine who had a very distinguished and public military career assumed nobody in his family would want much of his 'junk' and sold a lot off to collectors several years ago. When he passed, his family was crushed that he'd gotten rid of everything thinking nobody wanted his stuff. His son and daughter have jointly been trying to find his academy flight jacket ever since. I tried talking the man out of selling everything off and even bought some of his stuff myself. I wound up selling everything his family wanted back to them, but at my cost.

Don't be that guy, your family will resent this down the road if you don't talk with them first.

JPSastro
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posted 05-31-2013 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JPSastro   Click Here to Email JPSastro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I admire your artistic talent and wishing you all the best.

I too was having medical issues and all. I just received my diagnosis of stage 4 cancer and the news that it is incurable. Chemo starts soon. So it goes.

I to am going to start selling off my space collection, too. They're just things. They just don't seem so important any more. Funny how that works.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 05-31-2013 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, Do take good care of yourself. I'll email you soon, meanwhile, hang in there and God Bless!

FlyBuzz11
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posted 05-31-2013 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyBuzz11   Click Here to Email FlyBuzz11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May God bless you with many more journeys around the sun...

Mike Z
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posted 05-31-2013 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow Tim, I sure know what you went through. As you know in 2005 I had a massive and near fatal heart attack that my Cardiologists still say I should not be alive. While I am on the Heart Transplant list I am not waiting for a heart and after my quintuple bypass I keep exercising every day but not like I did in my sports and power lifting days. When you see your Cardiologist see what they suggest you do as far as exercising. Now we are worring about my son needing a kidney transplant very soon. Life is full of "bumps' in the road. Anyway Tim you are in our prayers!!

mode1charlie
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posted 05-31-2013 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, we met briefly at the ASF Autograph Show last November. Just wanted to say that I am an admirer of your work and wish you all the best in what must be a rather unnerving time.

J Blackburn
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posted 06-01-2013 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Like others on this post have said, ask your family first. When my dad passed away several years ago there were things he got rid of or are missing in action that I would have loved to had. Those things may not have meant much to him but gave me a wealth of memories. Fourteen years later and still to this day me and my mom continue to search for his military dog tags.

It may be that one "off the wall patch" that has absolutely no value that a family member may cherish due to a memory associated with it.

However, remember this my friend, what you had was just a scare or a wake up call. You still have many many many years left on this big "Aggie Marble" that hangs in the midst of the heavens. Prayers lifting off to you — Jason

heng44
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posted 06-02-2013 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, I am sure that we will see many more artworks from you in the future.

Take care, my friend!

Scott
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posted 06-02-2013 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hope you're feeling better soon, Tim.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 06-02-2013 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember your kindness in supplying one of our Georgia Spacegeek get togethers with some of your patches, thank you again.

I wish you health and happiness.

Tom
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posted 06-02-2013 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim...if nothing else, an incident like that really puts our priorities in the proper perspective.

Feel better and God bless...our thoughts are with you, friend!

lm5eagle
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posted 06-02-2013 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, please rest and take it easy.

I received a email from you and while I was delighted to receive it, it is not indicative of a lightening of the load. So watch yourself carefully as you continue to create all your wonderful artwork.

ilbasso
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posted 06-02-2013 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, do try to take it easy! It's easy for our hobbies and passions to become all-consuming. Even when we think we have our collecting habits under control, they keep sneaking up on us. (I type this while sitting at a desk that's covered with all of the new photos, badges, booklets, and papers that I have yet to scan and file - and that's AFTER I spent the weekend cleaning them up!)

Sorry that you had a wake-up call like you did...but fortunately, it was not worse than a wake-up call. Nothing heart-related is routine! We can only be thankful when we catch problems early. I've had too many friends who shared our dear departed Mr. Armstrong's fate of going in for bypass surgery and not coming home again.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. To coin a phrase, "Live long and prosper!"

mach3valkyrie
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posted 06-02-2013 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, one thing that really helped me was getting on blood pressure medication. It helps reduce stress a lot. I'm not much of a pill taker, but the right prescription is well worth it. Take care friend.

Gonzo
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posted 06-03-2013 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim - don't take this for granted. If you listen to this incident, it happened for a reason and I understand.

Almost 2 years ago I returned to Mt. Everest to do the Base Camp Trek for the second time. Unfortunately, on the second day on the trail, I started getting ill. I spent the next week trying to continue the trek and get better, to no avail. I only made it about half way (when I got home I found I had lost 17 pounds in just 14 days). Long story short, I had gotten a bacterial infection. It turned out to be what used to be called dysentery. Bad stuff. Had I gone further, it too could have easily been fatal and they would have shipped me home in a box. The helicopter rescue was enough!

But my point is writing this for you is that things like this happen for a reason. What did I get out of it? I learned that there are things that are simply out of our control. Things we simply cannot control and that you must accept that. I have been a much calmer person after accepting and understanding this simple idea, firsthand.

So take a long perspective look at what this is supposed to be teaching you. It is there for a reason. Don't waste it. It is a golden opportunity to learn something significant about life and why we are here.

And don't thin your collection too far. I agree, your kids and grand kids will cherish these things someday!

In the meantime, I too wish you the best and a speedy recovery. As others have said, I too have many of your patches and they are all prizes in my collection.

KSCartist
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posted 06-06-2013 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, I would like to thank everyone for their posts and private emails. You have no idea how much they are appreciated.

The testing they did when I was hospitalized can only determine blockages greater than 50% - so if I have any blockage - it's less than that.

I saw my cardiologist on Tuesday. IF what sent me to the hospital was caused by heart disease it WILL happen again. (emphasis his)
He gave me a script for nitro to carry with me.

I hope everyone knows that your advice is taken to heart. Before anything is listed for sale it will have been reviewed by my daughter in consideration for her or my grandsons. I will not enter into this reduction of my collection lightly or in haste - but I do need to get rid of some things that have been boxed away and not even enjoyed in years. I would prefer they go to a fellow collector who can appreciate the significance and history.

Thank you to Robert and the cS community again.

dogcrew5369
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posted 06-06-2013 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best advice I can give is don't take anything for granted in life. I too have found a better appreciation for what I have ever since last Fall when my father was discovered with 4 blockages all 70-100% blocked. He had extensive surgery and quickly recovered to pretty much his old self except better. He's retired now and I hope to get to spend more time with him and my family. Be with your family and enjoy them and yourself. You never know how long God plans to keep us on Earth. I'm on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine and my fathers ordeal has woke me up. Don't waste a minute with trivial things. Carpe diem!

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