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A VISIT TO THE INFIRMARY

Feeling poorly for some time. Saw a doctor a few weeks ago, who sent me to a specialist, who booked me into hospital for tests.

It’s cancer.

Major abdominal surgery next week. If all goes well, the remaining non-cancerous section of me will be home by early-mid February. No idea yet how long a full recovery might take beyond then. Medical advice is very positive, but that wouldn’t count for much in the absence of care and love from family and friends. I’ve been overwhelmed. I’m lucky.

Luckier than I ever knew.

Usual posting to continue shortly.

*WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE* Results of Monday’s CAT scan are in. There is no spread of the malignancy; zip, zero, zilch. It’s entirely localised. Medical science may disagree, but I think credit should go to readers and fellow bloggers. Your thoughts and prayers have eerie powers.

Massive thanks to all.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/14/2008 at 01:43 PM
  1. I’ve never met you personally, but having read your blog so long I kinda feel I’ve gotten to know you quite a bit, and I am shocked to hear the news. Hope all goes well and you managed to beat this. Take care and all the best.

    Posted by SeanP on 2008 01 14 at 01:53 PM • permalink

  2. Well your familly is larger than you thought. We all wish you a speedy and thorough recovery of your ehalth.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 14 at 01:56 PM • permalink

  3. Good luck, Tim. I will be sending prayers and positive thoughts your way until you are well again.

    Posted by Redd on 2008 01 14 at 01:56 PM • permalink

  4. ... and also, of course, a speedy and thorough recovery of your health

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 14 at 01:57 PM • permalink

  5. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

    Posted by charles austin on 2008 01 14 at 01:59 PM • permalink

  6. AS WC said, your family is larger than you thought. All the best prayers and wishes for a complete recovery!

    Damn.

    Posted by Retread on 2008 01 14 at 02:00 PM • permalink

  7. Looks like they got it early. Best wishes dude.

    Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2008 01 14 at 02:07 PM • permalink

  8. God bless. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Here’s sending pointy attack stance vibes at the offending tissues.

    Posted by bovious on 2008 01 14 at 02:08 PM • permalink

  9. Best wishes Tim, hope your back at your keyboard soon and fitter than ever, Good Luck Dude and show that darned cancer thingy whose boss!.

    Posted by phillip on 2008 01 14 at 02:14 PM • permalink

  10. I’m stunned.  You are like a member of my family (except I agree with your politics).  Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

    Posted by DocMike on 2008 01 14 at 02:15 PM • permalink

  11. You better get better, mister! That’s an order!

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 01 14 at 02:16 PM • permalink

  12. Shit.

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 2008 01 14 at 02:19 PM • permalink

  13. I’m sorry to hear the news, Good luck to you, you will be in my prayers.

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 14 at 02:21 PM • permalink

  14. My God, Tim. I’m so sorry to hear this. Remember that you’ve got friends all over the world pulling for you, not to mention the family and friends you know.

    Keep us updated when and as you can.

    AD

    Posted by Dr Alice on 2008 01 14 at 02:22 PM • permalink

  15. Your circle is bigger than you realize.  As one who mostly lurks, but is a big fan, I think I speak for all of us lurkers in wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

    Posted by Jim on 2008 01 14 at 02:24 PM • permalink

  16. Tim: Like Doc Mike says up there at #10, you’re like a member of my family (except that I imagine you eat with utensils and don’t break out in a sweat when you pull up next to a police cruiser at the stop light). Me and Mrs. Paco will light a candle for you. God bless you, brother.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 14 at 02:24 PM • permalink

  17. echoing others, yes tim, you have touched every one of us. wishing you a speeding and painless recovery.  you are in my prayers

    Posted by missred on 2008 01 14 at 02:28 PM • permalink

  18. My advice: speedy recovery. Just do it.

    And as you could probably guess, you’ll be in our prayers.

    Posted by lumberjack on 2008 01 14 at 02:29 PM • permalink

  19. Good luck to you, Tim.

    Posted by mojo on 2008 01 14 at 02:30 PM • permalink

  20. I hope and pray that you have the best outcome possible.  I go for testing February 5. 

    Elizabeth
    Imperial Keeper

    Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2008 01 14 at 02:31 PM • permalink

  21. Tim,

    God bless you and keep you and heal you completely. 

    You’re a wonderful person, a funny writer, an indispensable commentator.  We’re not ready to lose you.

    Please post your mother’s first name so that we can pray for you properly.

    Posted by Gandalin on 2008 01 14 at 02:32 PM • permalink

  22. There are no words to describe my feelings.  Your blog is an inextricable part of my every day.

    If the prayers that will be thundering against the gates of heaven are answered, you’ll be up and around and healthy again in no time.  We are all pulling for you.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 14 at 02:32 PM • permalink

  23. Lots of prayers are being said for you, Tim.

    Posted by Juliette on 2008 01 14 at 02:35 PM • permalink

  24. All my thoughts!

    Posted by Mambo Bananapatch on 2008 01 14 at 02:35 PM • permalink

  25. Mate, the others have said it better than I ever could. Be good and be back soon.

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2008 01 14 at 02:35 PM • permalink

  26. Damn, guy, that sucks.

    We’re thinking of you, kick its ass and get back to annoying all the right people.

    Posted by Firehand on 2008 01 14 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  27. Do your usual Tim,

    Stare it in the face, then run over it, shift into reverse and run over that fucker several more times.

    Repeat as required.

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2008 01 14 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  28. Get well.

    I’ll burn some carbon for you every day. My only regret is that I have but four cylinders to devote to the task.

    Posted by Don't Bogart that Midget, Comrade! on 2008 01 14 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  29. Best wishes Tim.

    Posted by joeythelemur on 2008 01 14 at 02:39 PM • permalink

  30. Damn Tim, I am so sorry to hear this.

    I’ll add my thoughts and hopes to the large group of people that are pulling for you.

    Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help!

    Posted by jlibson on 2008 01 14 at 02:39 PM • permalink

  31. Prayers for you!

    Kick it’s neoplasmic ass, man!

    Posted by Merlin on 2008 01 14 at 02:40 PM • permalink

  32. I wish you a high multiple of such luck as you may need.

    Posted by ForNow on 2008 01 14 at 02:41 PM • permalink

  33. Good luck, I hope everything turns out well.

    Posted by Ross on 2008 01 14 at 02:42 PM • permalink

  34. You will still have more guts than most.

    Have a thorough recovery (more important than speed).

    chsw

    Posted by chsw on 2008 01 14 at 02:45 PM • permalink

  35. Get well friend, our prayers are with you.

    I expect to see you tan and fit when you pass through Oklahoma again for this year’s US convention season.

    Kent

    Posted by FreakyBoy on 2008 01 14 at 02:51 PM • permalink

  36. All the prayers and good wishes that I can muster are sent your way, Tim. You have a fighting spirit and that counts for a lot in this battle.

    Posted by Latino on 2008 01 14 at 02:52 PM • permalink

  37. this is my first post although I’ve been lurking/reading you for years - I had to wish you good luck. I know you’ll be brave, you always are.

    Posted by rakmjn1 on 2008 01 14 at 02:58 PM • permalink

  38. I’d send a vial of Chuck Norris’s tears to cure it, but Chuck Norris never cries.

    Anyway, kick its ass. Then write a column about how you kicked its ass. And anytime some leftard talks smack, just say, “Yeah, well, I kicked cancer’s ass.” Game, set, match.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 14 at 03:00 PM • permalink

  39. Good luck Tim.

    Posted by JohnO on 2008 01 14 at 03:01 PM • permalink

  40. Best wishes, Tim. Get well soon.

    And like Merlin said, kick its neoplasmic ass!

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 14 at 03:01 PM • permalink

  41. joe bagadonuts

    Hit it on the head…

    Stare it in the face, then run over it, shift into reverse and run over that fucker several more times.

    Attitude. You must have a super positive one, Mr. Tim Blair.

    Should you get down, count on US, to get the Adrenalin running, by pissing you off.

    You will be in thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 14 at 03:03 PM • permalink

  42. Best of luck Tim

    Posted by Yobbo on 2008 01 14 at 03:03 PM • permalink

  43. FWIW, you are on my bookmark bar—a small but significant tribute. My IP hits your site every day.

    That may seem a funny way to give you a positive boost, but it is meant that way.

    Fare well! And be back soon.

    Posted by sbw on 2008 01 14 at 03:05 PM • permalink

  44. Get better, okay?

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2008 01 14 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  45. Kick its ass, Tim.

    Best wishes, and prayers. We’ll be waiting for the good news.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 01 14 at 03:07 PM • permalink

  46. Keep strong, Tim, and don’t let some stupid bunch of errant cells push you around.

    Posted by rick mcginnis on 2008 01 14 at 03:08 PM • permalink

  47. Dude, I’m rooting for you.
    You’re one of the good guys.

    Posted by Veeshir on 2008 01 14 at 03:08 PM • permalink

  48. Tim, I wish so much this was just a cunning plan on your part to lure in all the lurkers.  And then track them and make them pay fees.  I’m in shock.  And sad.  But I know you’ll beat this.

    May God look after you and bring you back to full health.  You will be in my family’s prayers.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 01 14 at 03:09 PM • permalink

  49. I hope I don’t sound trite by writing that you are not only among my very favorite bloggers, but over the years you have taught me a lot about how to write effectively.  You also give me at least one good laugh, every time I visit.

    Please get well.

    Posted by SWLiP on 2008 01 14 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  50. Prayer wheel is good to go in low gear for the long haul.  (It’s got a V-12 engine, so we’ll burn lots of carbon, too.)

    We’ll keep up the good cheer.  You work on the rest.

    Posted by SSG Pooh on 2008 01 14 at 03:12 PM • permalink

  51. Get well Tim.  Our thoughts are with u.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2008 01 14 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  52. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Tim. We need you.

    Posted by Big Arnie on 2008 01 14 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  53. I will keep you in my heart and in my prayers everyday.  Speediest of recoveries.

    Posted by ruskinrip on 2008 01 14 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  54. You’ll knock that Bastard off, Tim.

    God Bless.

    Posted by cwxyzallen on 2008 01 14 at 03:18 PM • permalink

  55. Best wishes, stay strong.

    Posted by Harold on 2008 01 14 at 03:19 PM • permalink

  56. Holy shit, Tim. I don’t know what to say other than to echo the above. All the prayers and love that Bingley Manor can muster up are heading your way.

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 01 14 at 03:20 PM • permalink

  57. Get better soon, mate.  I’ve always enjoyed your blog.  Best wishes from Hoboken,NJ, home of Frank Sinatra.

    Posted by Shtetl G on 2008 01 14 at 03:21 PM • permalink

  58. Awful news, Tim, but prayers are on their way to the bloke upstairs from us here in France. Get well soon.

    Posted by Villeurbanne on 2008 01 14 at 03:22 PM • permalink

  59. An absolute tragedy mate.

    You can’t go anywhere because the Aussie right-wing blogosphere would be nothing without you.

    Posted by JamesP on 2008 01 14 at 03:24 PM • permalink

  60. I’ll send up a prayer for every time you made me laugh.  That ought to get the attention of the Guy Upstairs.

    Best wishes.

    Posted by Not My Problem on 2008 01 14 at 03:25 PM • permalink

  61. My first blogstop every day. You’re one of the good guys Tim.
    Best wishes for a full recovery .

    Posted by greene on 2008 01 14 at 03:27 PM • permalink

  62. Kindest regards and may your recovery be quick and complete.

    Posted by CO² max on 2008 01 14 at 03:29 PM • permalink

  63. If you’re tough enough to get through life being a supporter of Collingwood, then you’re tough enough to get through anything.  Godspeed.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 01 14 at 03:32 PM • permalink

  64. This is a chock, but it is good they caught it early! Best of luck, Tim!

    Posted by jorgen on 2008 01 14 at 03:35 PM • permalink

  65. It’s weird. We’ve never met but my addiction to this blog is such that I seem strangely aware of your sleep cycles.

    Is that creepy?

    Best of luck with this little setback. The Mrs. and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, hoping for a speedy and complete recovery.

    Posted by Teaparty on 2008 01 14 at 03:36 PM • permalink

  66. Best wishes, my good man.

    Posted by Percy Dovetonsils on 2008 01 14 at 03:39 PM • permalink

  67. Stay positive Tim, it is great you found it early and that you have so much support from your family and of course from us. My best wishes to you mate!

    Posted by rbresca on 2008 01 14 at 03:41 PM • permalink

  68. #63. Nailed it.

    Posted by JAFA on 2008 01 14 at 03:41 PM • permalink

  69. Best wishes, and may you enjoy the freedom to make all those bravely bad jokes related to your experience.  No one dare stop you!  (example: I had a quintuple coronary bypass about six years ago.  A few weeks after the surgery, someone remarked that I was enjoying a particular movie which I had previously detested.  “Let’s just say I’ve had a change of heart,” I said with twitch of evil at the corner of my mouth.  Go thou and do likewise….)

    Posted by Apostic on 2008 01 14 at 03:41 PM • permalink

  70. Like the rest I have never met you, but I do so love your blog.

    Good luck and you have my best wishes and prayers (but no head tilt!).

    Posted by Room 237 on 2008 01 14 at 03:42 PM • permalink

  71. Too much of this going around here in Jersey. God be with you and everyone else with that vicious disease.

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2008 01 14 at 03:44 PM • permalink

  72. Bugger. I blame global warming and George Bush.

    Best wishes, Tim.

    Posted by Toosmoky on 2008 01 14 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  73. God speed, Tim!  Kick the ass of that cancer!!!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 14 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  74. Just an echo of all that’s said above.

    Be well.

    Posted by fclark on 2008 01 14 at 03:49 PM • permalink

  75. I have a couple of friends who have recently suffered through cancer, and come out okay.  God willing, you will too.

    Posted by Graham on 2008 01 14 at 03:49 PM • permalink

  76. I’m shocked to the core. I’m sure you were too. You’re in all our prayers, Tim.

    This internet age brings to mind an old chant.

    “The whole world’s watching!”

    And every bit of the better part is wishing you well. Godspeed for a full recovery.

    Posted by gajim on 2008 01 14 at 03:50 PM • permalink

  77. God bless, Tim, and may your recovery be complete.

    Posted by localharbor on 2008 01 14 at 03:51 PM • permalink

  78. Just keep your sense of humour Mate. You’ll be fine.

    Posted by Maulman on 2008 01 14 at 03:51 PM • permalink

  79. Tim, you can’t cark it until the Pies win at least two more flags. And that may take some time.

    Posted by AusDoug on 2008 01 14 at 03:53 PM • permalink

  80. Oh dear. Prayers and best wishes, Tim!

    Posted by Ken Summers on 2008 01 14 at 03:54 PM • permalink

  81. You stay strong Tim, and whip this like Andrea whips Wronwright.

    Posted by Some0Seppo on 2008 01 14 at 03:54 PM • permalink

  82. May you have an easy surgery, a quick uneventful recovery and be back to health in very short order. 

    I have no idea if anyone up there is listening to me (mostly no one does…heh) but I’ll be sending prayers and well wishes your way.

    Posted by Teresa on 2008 01 14 at 03:54 PM • permalink

  83. Tim, I’m sorry to hear this news.  I’ve been coming here since 2002, I’ve met you during one of your trips to the US, and I can thank you for so much, including things I see and enjoy every day, like Achewood.  You’re still one of the best and funniest bloggers, period.

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

    Posted by Matt in Denver on 2008 01 14 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  84. Dude.  Get well soon man.

    Posted by Dash on 2008 01 14 at 03:57 PM • permalink

  85. A terrible discovery Tim - all the best from me - and good luck with the Labor state health system of your choice.

    Posted by PeterTB on 2008 01 14 at 03:58 PM • permalink

  86. Jeez, Tim, that’s awful news. I hope your surgery is 100% successful. You’ve brought me some of the wittiest and insightful blogging there is. I’d have a hundredth of the appreciation for Australian affairs that I do if it were not for you.

    Get well soon, mate.

    Posted by David Gillies on 2008 01 14 at 03:58 PM • permalink

  87. You are a source of inspiration for me and many others. My prayers are with you, Tim, for a speedy recovery.

    Posted by kayawanee on 2008 01 14 at 04:00 PM • permalink

  88. I never do sappy stuff Tim. I’m from Texas and we frown upon crying in anything except guitar solos, but here is my single exception: Christ, you are sir Tim of Blair, the reason for the American political establishment on the Right knows anything about Australia at all. You have little notion of your own importance for your country. You’re an institution, for Pete’s sake.

    I don’t even consider you a blogger I read, you’re so just the background thoughts for so much of my political life. And, it’s obvious, for a large portion of the political establishment on the Right over here in the english speaking world.

    Don’t go. It would leave a hole.

    Posted by mencken_cynic on 2008 01 14 at 04:00 PM • permalink

  89. Give it hell and let us all know if we can help in any way.

    Posted by spongeworthy on 2008 01 14 at 04:01 PM • permalink

  90. Shocked. We will be praying for you and your family Tim, in the days, weeks and months ahead, as will many others.  Remember whose you are. He’s got you covered.

    (and just think of the money you’ll save on haircuts)

    Posted by saint on 2008 01 14 at 04:01 PM • permalink

  91. “Those born to hang will never drown”.  Best wishes on a complete and speedy recovery.  This link is to some info on brocolli sprouts - which can’t hurt and might help:

    Broccosprouts

    Think of them as just another form of vegemite.

    Posted by Carl H on 2008 01 14 at 04:02 PM • permalink

  92. Oh my God. I’m shocked. I’m so sorry to hear this diagnosis.  Please know that you have people all over this world who are thinking of you and praying for you.  I hope the operation goes well and that you are home safe and sound.

    Posted by Kimberly on 2008 01 14 at 04:03 PM • permalink

  93. Family, friends and positive outlook make all the difference with something like this.  From the other side of the world, my family’s best wishes for a fast and vigorous recovery.

    xoxo

    Posted by WonderWoman on 2008 01 14 at 04:05 PM • permalink

  94. I am prepared to testify in open court that I believe both beer and blog contributions will be vital to your full recovery.

    But listening to a doctor is good, too!

    Posted by Parker on 2008 01 14 at 04:06 PM • permalink

  95. I’m with Andrea on this one.  For one thing you are needed to pick fun at Gorebal Wormeners in 20 years.

    Posted by David A on 2008 01 14 at 04:06 PM • permalink

  96. I’m so sorry. Wishing you love and strength.

    Posted by m on 2008 01 14 at 04:08 PM • permalink

  97. Prayers a’plenty going up for you.  Do let us know if there’s anything else you need or want.

    Posted by VKI on 2008 01 14 at 04:08 PM • permalink

  98. Tim, what they all said and more! Get well asop!

    Posted by Gravelly on 2008 01 14 at 04:11 PM • permalink

  99. Dang, I’m so sorry to hear this news. Adding my thoughts and prayers to those above.

    If you’re going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill

    Posted by Neeniebug on 2008 01 14 at 04:15 PM • permalink

  100. You’re made of sterner stuff than that grub Tim. You’ll come through this mate. I’ll pray for you.

    Posted by 81Alpha on 2008 01 14 at 04:17 PM • permalink

  101. Terrible news, man.  Best of luck with the surgery and hopes for a speedy recovery.  Prayers are going up for you from Casa Renegade.

    Get well soon!

    Posted by Renegade Lawyer on 2008 01 14 at 04:17 PM • permalink

  102. Wishing you good humor throughout this episode.  It will ease the pain, give you strength, and help you heal.

    Posted by Tai Chi Wawa on 2008 01 14 at 04:17 PM • permalink

  103. Million-word vocabulary and all I can come up with is ‘ack!’

    Posted by Achillea on 2008 01 14 at 04:17 PM • permalink

  104. I’d like to add my prayers to the list, and remind everyone that for a one-time fee you can join the People Against Cancer Organization.

    Posted by bgates on 2008 01 14 at 04:18 PM • permalink

  105. the best i can do is “bloody hell, mate.”  sending prayers & best wishes from Oz’ evil twin, Cal-i-for-ni-aaaaay.

    Posted by dub kitty on 2008 01 14 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  106. Nevermind your paltry abdominal ailments, what matters here is frequent updates on this site for ME to read. Got it, mister? What matters here is my need for your postings so nevermind this sick act of yours and keep generating the content with a stiff uppercase!

    Just kidding, glad the prognosis is positive.  Positive outlook is important here.  look down at your rebelling belly and say “I will beat this”.  Failing that, i am sure paco has a miracle cure brewing in one of his many biotech startups or roadside enchilada stands.

    Posted by matt123 on 2008 01 14 at 04:21 PM • permalink

  107. Best of luck, Tim. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.

    Posted by Aussie Dave on 2008 01 14 at 04:21 PM • permalink

  108. There is little that I can add to what has already been said. There’s a lot of folks out here who love you and are sending prayers and best wishes.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2008 01 14 at 04:22 PM • permalink

  109. good luck, man

    Posted by quasimodo on 2008 01 14 at 04:24 PM • permalink

  110. I have nothing to add to what’s been said, except my thoughts and prayers.

    Kick ass Tim!

    Posted by Marin Republican on 2008 01 14 at 04:26 PM • permalink

  111. Good luck beating that bastard, Tim.  My prayers are with tou.

    Posted by rabidfox on 2008 01 14 at 04:27 PM • permalink

  112. I hope it has been caught in enough time to allow a full recovery.  My thoughts and prayers will be said for you every day.  May God be with you.

    Posted by i4cu2 on 2008 01 14 at 04:28 PM • permalink

  113. Kick the bugger into touch, Tim.

    Posted by skepticlawyer on 2008 01 14 at 04:32 PM • permalink

  114. Many heartfelt ,long,deep and meaningful supportive words

    Shit.

    Posted by Wacko on 2008 01 14 at 04:32 PM • permalink

  115. All the best Tim . . . . . focus on your health - the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy can look after itself for a few weeks.

    Posted by Young and Free on 2008 01 14 at 04:33 PM • permalink

  116. Good luck, Tim.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 01 14 at 04:33 PM • permalink

  117. We are all pulling for you. God bless.

    Posted by Spectre765 on 2008 01 14 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  118. As you can see, all your readership is so very sorry to hear this news, because we love you!  God bless and keep you.  Long may you stay in health to eviscerate those who deserve it and to praise those who, like you, fight the good fight!

    Posted by lauraw on 2008 01 14 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  119. Get well soon Tim.  You’re on Instapundit again, as he’s carrying the news.

    Posted by Gerry on 2008 01 14 at 04:35 PM • permalink

  120. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, mate.

    Posted by Brett_McS on 2008 01 14 at 04:38 PM • permalink

  121. God bless, Tim.

    Posted by arbee on 2008 01 14 at 04:38 PM • permalink

  122. As an occasional contributor to your blog, I am very impressed with your excellent work.

    I hope all goes well for you!

    Posted by Dave Wane on 2008 01 14 at 04:41 PM • permalink

  123. Treat this rotten cancer as you do any lefty and you will have it beaten in no time.

    Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

    Posted by curious george on 2008 01 14 at 04:41 PM • permalink

  124. Hmmmmm.

    Cancer?  That’s tough news.  But modern medicine can do a lot of great things.

    The only advice I can give you is to not give up and don’t waste your time bewailing your fate.  I don’t have cancer but I do have kidney failure.

    The treatments will be hard and there might be times when it all seems easier to give in and let it all go.

    Don’t.

    Posted by memomachine on 2008 01 14 at 04:42 PM • permalink

  125. Dear Tim,

    I’m distressed at any prospect of your discomfort. But will this amount to anything more than re-wardrobing your bikini holidays? I see your hospitalization as more of an infiltration, with the resulting reports leading to a health care administration crisis.

    All of humanity is pulling for your speedy recovery. Minus, of course, the Moonbats, BDS victims, collectivist lunatics, climate changlings, illiterati, and the auto-lobotomized battalions of journalists and politicians. And the Archbishop of Canterbury. And Margo.

    Still that leaves millions of us revving our chainsaws, and toasting your good health by the light of enormous bonfires. Right here, right now, I pledge to generate an extra ton of carbon dioxide every month until you are well. The thermostat is going up 2 clicks right now.

    Love from Vermont

    Posted by HelenW on 2008 01 14 at 04:44 PM • permalink

  126. I’ll just add my thoughts and prayers, Tim.

    Posted by wanglese on 2008 01 14 at 04:45 PM • permalink

  127. Get well and all the best Tim. You and your family and friends, will beat this bastard for sure.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 14 at 04:45 PM • permalink

  128. Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit !!!!!

    On a more positive note, you will follow Miss Andrea’s instructions to the letter, if you know what’s good for you!

    Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 01 14 at 04:46 PM • permalink

  129. Shocked to hear of your situation, Tim. You have the thoughts and prayers of Nora and I. Good luck.

    —Nick and Nora Charles

    Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2008 01 14 at 04:46 PM • permalink

  130. Hey Tim,
    What commenter #1 said.
    Be strong and get well!

    Posted by danS on 2008 01 14 at 04:54 PM • permalink

  131. Damn it, Tim.  I wish you the very best and you’ll be given the leading role in my prayers.  God bless you.

    Posted by bugscuffle on 2008 01 14 at 04:55 PM • permalink

  132. Hope things work out for the best, Tim.

    Posted by TimT on 2008 01 14 at 04:56 PM • permalink

  133. Bingley calls with the news and I about wreck the car.  So here’s what you’re gonna do to make up for it ~ get in, get out, get BETTER IMMEDIATELY.  Being blonde, I can’t make a single decision about the upcoming frivolities election without your searing commentary and pithy analysis, so it’s thoughtful you’ve scheduled this sick stuff now.  Plus, major dad, Ebola, the labradork and scottie’s all expect you on the doorstep one of these days, so you’re just too booked to play fainting violet anyway.

    Oh… And let the surgeon know he’d better play your insides like a Stradivarius, or it will go badly for him, indeed.

    Posted by tree hugging sister on 2008 01 14 at 04:56 PM • permalink

  134. Get well soon, and if there’s anything you need within driving distance of Northeastern Ohio, just say the word.

    Posted by Baby M on 2008 01 14 at 04:58 PM • permalink

  135. I write this from a kitchen in America where Tim Blair actually blogged a few years ago. We put up a plaque to commemorate the event. We forgot to get his handprints in cement out back, though, and he promised to do that next trip.

    Five years, ten, twenty – take your time, Tim. We’ll be happy to see you again.

    Here’s to your brisk recovery, and on behalf of the family and all the guys you drank under the table that night at Nye’s Polonnaise Room, best wishes.

    Posted by Lileks on 2008 01 14 at 04:58 PM • permalink

  136. Take care Tim.  Adding my name to the long list of your blogosphere family that is thinking of you and wishing you well.

    Cheers

    Posted by Tissa on 2008 01 14 at 04:58 PM • permalink

  137. Crap.

    You will beat this, and while you do our thoughts are with you.  Be well soon.

    Posted by mimritty on 2008 01 14 at 05:01 PM • permalink

  138. Best wishes for a full recovery.

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2008 01 14 at 05:01 PM • permalink

  139. Abdominal surgery for cancer? AND a month of hospital food? Blimey Tim, you got the short straw this time mate.

    Make sure you take your phone so you can order in some pizza to keep you going or something. I did that the last time I was in hospital.

    Best of luck mate.

    Posted by Scott W on 2008 01 14 at 05:03 PM • permalink

  140. Damnit!

    Posted by jaycee1953 on 2008 01 14 at 05:04 PM • permalink

  141. Been out of Internet range recently, and logged on for the first time in a few days. Am shocked and most upset to learn of your diagnosis.

    We’re all behind you Tim. You’ll beat it. You have to.  We need you!

    Posted by ann j on 2008 01 14 at 05:05 PM • permalink

  142. I was stunned when I read the news.

    Wikipedia says your only 42.

    Your too young to go, so beat this thing.

    Also, condolences to your family. It must be a heart breaker for them.

    Posted by Go Canucks on 2008 01 14 at 05:05 PM • permalink

  143. Many have won the fight, mate, you will be one of them.  And the world needs you…

    All the best
    Cheers
    RodC

    Posted by Rod C on 2008 01 14 at 05:06 PM • permalink

  144. Enough of this negative shit.
    Right will prevail and it’s going to take at least another 50 years of your help, Tim.
    Some of your elderly friends won’t be around for the end game, but this one is bloody sure you will be. We are depending on you.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 01 14 at 05:07 PM • permalink

  145. Best of luck Tim.

    Posted by Texas Ranger on 2008 01 14 at 05:09 PM • permalink

  146. Dreadful news!
    Get well and be well, Tim.
    The Binx family will add you to their prayer list.

    Posted by Daddy Binx on 2008 01 14 at 05:09 PM • permalink

  147. Get well soon Tim.

    The world needs you now more than ever.

    Nil bastardo carborundum.

    Posted by Jay Santos on 2008 01 14 at 05:09 PM • permalink

  148. Tim, I am sorry to welcome you to our club.  El Cid is correct about the importance of a positive attitude.  The docs told me I had about 6 months and I am still here… that was in ‘93.  I am sending lots of positive thoughts in your direction.  You will have to change your eating habits, but you will get used to it eventually… probably… well, maybe.

    Posted by Franklin on 2008 01 14 at 05:10 PM • permalink

  149. Get well Tim.

    Posted by Bud Norton on 2008 01 14 at 05:10 PM • permalink

  150. Me & the kids will be praying for you, Tim.

    Posted by Waste on 2008 01 14 at 05:10 PM • permalink

  151. 139 Scott W makes a good point: a month on hospital food. Yikes! For a change I think we better bring the mead, etc. to your house instead of our usual trick of breaking in to deplete your supply!

    Posted by Retread on 2008 01 14 at 05:10 PM • permalink

  152. Tim—I’m so sorry to hear your news.  Sending you lots of prayers and hoping, nope, make that KNOWING, that you’ll make a rapid recovery.  Best of luck to you.

    Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2008 01 14 at 05:11 PM • permalink

  153. My best to you and yours as you confront this difficulty.
    Keep heart and know that you’ll be in so very many people’s thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by Birkel on 2008 01 14 at 05:13 PM • permalink

  154. I am very sorry to hear this news. I pray that you get better soon. Read some Norman Cousins for inspiration.

    Posted by The Best Infidel on 2008 01 14 at 05:13 PM • permalink

  155. Tim,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Be strong!
    Thoughts and prayers with you from Texas!

    Posted by shockcorridor on 2008 01 14 at 05:18 PM • permalink

  156. SHIT!

    Damn, can only reinforce what everyone else before has said.

    Can we round up a bunch of Sydney siders to come visit and pinch your grapes?

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 14 at 05:19 PM • permalink

  157. What they said, Tim. Kill it and tell the tale.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 01 14 at 05:23 PM • permalink

  158. NO WAY MATE, NOT YOU.

    GET WELL SOON.

    Posted by chileau on 2008 01 14 at 05:24 PM • permalink

  159. Tim

    Another one of my fav journalists hit by a cancerous blight. Friend, all the best with surgery and recovery. You have my prayers and best wishes.

    And by the way what are we gonna do whilst you recover eh? Will miss your witty humour!

    Posted by MannyC on 2008 01 14 at 05:25 PM • permalink

  160. Shit, this makes three now. You’re too young to have cancer. My prayers and best wishes are with you and yours.

    Posted by rightwingprof on 2008 01 14 at 05:25 PM • permalink

  161. This ain’t right. There’s far too much wine to be drunk, far too many leftists to be mocked, far too much good food to be eaten, far too much gasoline to burn in far too many hot cars, far too much cricket and football to be watched, far too many fine women to be kissed, for us to do it without you. So you just have to get better: and you will!

    Warmest regards from fly-over country: and our prayers are you day and night.

    Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2008 01 14 at 05:25 PM • permalink

  162. Good luck Tim. (cliche) Just remember that cancer is a word, not a sentence (/cliche) and a positive attitude will help immensely in your recovery.  With all the positive vibes from regular commenters, irregular commenters like me, and lurkers, you’re in a good position to pull through this.

    Posted by craigo on 2008 01 14 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  163. Tim B., have you asked Phil Adams who is trying to assassinate you? He claims to be in the know about these things.

    (sorry I never know the right thing to say)

    Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 01 14 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  164. That’s rough dude. Your legions of supporters, myself included, will all be hoping fervently for your speedy recovery. Fingers crossed.

    Posted by Behemoth on 2008 01 14 at 05:28 PM • permalink

  165. My thoughts and prayers, Tim.  Get well soon!

    Posted by RogerBournival on 2008 01 14 at 05:28 PM • permalink

  166. We’re all praying to God (who drives a Valiant Charger by the way) that recovery is swift.

    Posted by Heminator on 2008 01 14 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  167. ...just read about being overwhelmed by care and love from family and friends. It is unbelievable how much that helps.  I know the the good tender loving care from a bad woman had a lot to due with my initial survival.  Ahh, but that is a story for another day….

    Posted by Franklin on 2008 01 14 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  168. What type?
    Treatable?
    Operable?
    Prognosis?

    Hard questions but to decide whether to fall in a heap or not depends on the answers.

    That’s what I wrote when I first read of this in a previous thread.

    Tim best wishes for a speedy recovery, hope not too many bits need to be taken out. (Well, nothing that you really need, anyway!)

    Know that many, many people do care very much that you are compleatly with us. There’ll be prayers and many thoughts for you, and your loved ones.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 14 at 05:33 PM • permalink

  169. Dear Tim
    so very sorry to read this news-may I add my own good wishes to those already posted.
    Like many others this is my first ‘port of call’ each day and will miss you while you are in hospital.As a former oncology RN I can assure you the outlook is very positive with this type on tumour.
    With all our collective hearts and minds focusing each day on positive and loving thought of you, you can do nothing other than recover your good health.
    Just remember each morning and night the loyal army of people who will be thinking of you.
    God bless and keep you - your work is far from done

    Posted by Hillyminx on 2008 01 14 at 05:36 PM • permalink

  170. Best of luck, Tim. Don’t be afraid to lean on your loved ones on the road to recovery.

    Posted by joeschmo1of3 on 2008 01 14 at 05:37 PM • permalink

  171. I don’t care if you’re a frigging atheist. I’m praying for God to pull you through this. You’re a good guy and we need you.

    Posted by SoberHT on 2008 01 14 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  172. Get well, Tim. We’re all pulling for you.

    Posted by Rob Crawford on 2008 01 14 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  173. That sucks. All the best, Tim. I understand that very good red wine helps in the recovery process.

    Posted by ErnestBludger on 2008 01 14 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  174. Tim, prayers are being said for you in a little Anglican church in Dallas, Texas.

    And, undoubtedly, in many other places.

    Posted by Rittenhouse on 2008 01 14 at 05:38 PM • permalink

  175. my thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Tim. you can beat this thing, mate.

    Posted by larrikin on 2008 01 14 at 05:41 PM • permalink

  176. Bugger. Get well soon mate.

    Posted by lingus4 on 2008 01 14 at 05:42 PM • permalink

  177. Tim, let’s put it this way: you are positively admonished to stick around until I become an expert on cricket - which, based on my current pace of research and level of interest, has not advanced beyond the stage of being aware of the amazing resemblance between the uniforms of cricket players and the uniforms of male nurses in some of the friskier asylums.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 14 at 05:43 PM • permalink

  178. Just heard. All the best for the surgery, Tim, and watch what they put in your medicine glass. Look what happened to this good friend of yours [joke]:

    “A few weeks after the surgery, someone remarked that I was enjoying a particular movie which I had previously detested.  “Let’s just say I’ve had a change of heart,” I said with twitch of evil at the corner of my mouth.  Go thou and do likewise….” [#69]

    Think of this cancer as the Glorebal Warmening conspiracy, and you’ll kick its butt [or ‘Bash its bottom’, as Mr Faulty would say].

    There is only one Tim, and the world needs you for a long time still.

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 01 14 at 05:43 PM • permalink

  179. Tim. That’s not good news at all. I’m a little bit in shock.
    Stay objective and make sure you put yourself in the best hands for medical care.
    My family and I wish you all the best for a full recovery.

    Posted by Hank Reardon on 2008 01 14 at 05:45 PM • permalink

  180. Damn it, Tim!  I am really pissed you have to go through this. 

    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. . . . I am at a loss for words.

    Posted by Polly on 2008 01 14 at 05:45 PM • permalink

  181. Tim, best wishes for recovery.  I am a 16-year survivor, and I hope the same for you.

    I had a really bad attitude, found nothing positive whatsoever about group therapy, and was quite grumpy mostly.  I still hate cancer, I still drink, and I still eat at McDonald’s.

    So carry on, and give ‘em hell, just like you always do, and come back soon.  We love you.

    Posted by Patricia on 2008 01 14 at 05:47 PM • permalink

  182. Crap. 

    I’m sure everyone’s wishing you luck but I’m not sure you need it.  You’ve never struck me as the type to depend on luck for anything.  You do seem the type who will have no problem doing whatever you have to do to beat the Cancer into submission.  Then doing a victory dance.

    So along with everyone wishing you the best of luck I’ll add in a wish for you to have a resounding victory and a quick recovery.

    Posted by rk260395 on 2008 01 14 at 05:47 PM • permalink

  183. Since nobody else has said it: Bugger!
    I’m sure it will go well, Tim, and that the remaining section will be still good, still good!
    I pity all those idiots who will publish during your R&R and have their work closely examined/workshopped.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 01 14 at 05:47 PM • permalink

  184. Take care Tim, you have lots more great writing to come.

    Best wishes for a full recovery.

    Posted by Wand on 2008 01 14 at 05:49 PM • permalink

  185. #177 paco: ‘the amazing resemblance between the uniforms of cricket players and the uniforms of male nurses in some of the friskier asylums.’

    Not to speak of US baseballers, who have been dressed like Munchkins for a century or more.

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 01 14 at 05:51 PM • permalink

  186. Get well.  Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Posted by seawitch on 2008 01 14 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  187. Just imagine it’s a speed bump and you are in a one-ton truck, Tim.

    My prayers are with you.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2008 01 14 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  188. This sucks, dude, but you’ll get no head tilt from me! Kick this things ass, mate.

    Posted by Lydia on 2008 01 14 at 05:55 PM • permalink

  189. #185: Now that you mention it, Barrie . . . yeah, you’re on to something, there.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 14 at 05:55 PM • permalink

  190. Best wishes Tim for a speedy recovery. 

    We need you to continue reading all that left-wing crap so we don’t have to :).

    Posted by Kami on 2008 01 14 at 05:56 PM • permalink

  191. Keep your strength up and you will beat this incidious thing.

    Get better mate.

    Posted by deadparrot on 2008 01 14 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  192. Good luck and best wishes, Tim. The Internet won’t be the same while you’re away. Keep us up to date on your progress.

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2008 01 14 at 06:01 PM • permalink

  193. Chuck Norris will cry when he hears about this.  Lighting a candle at St. Dominic’s for you, Tim.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2008 01 14 at 06:02 PM • permalink

  194. Get well soon, Tim, there are cars to drive and loons to ridicule and we can’t do it without you.

    Posted by Roberts on 2008 01 14 at 06:04 PM • permalink

  195. get well soon brother.

    Posted by paulris on 2008 01 14 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  196. Rare commenter but loyal reader here, Tim. I was also a reader of Cathy Seipp’s work during her battles, but this time I know you’re going to kick cancer’s arse!

    Posted by DMac on 2008 01 14 at 06:06 PM • permalink

  197. Have they got the right diagnosis?  Maybe it’s because of all those posts about the cricket?  Delhi belly, or Gavaskar’s Revenge?  All the best, Blair.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2008 01 14 at 06:08 PM • permalink

  198. Tim, you are irreplaceable!
    Get well and get back.
    Try not to worry, think positive and remember all us Blairites are rooting for you.

    I look forward to your return in about a month. In the meantime, we’ll all keep an eye on Kevin08, Tim Flummery, the polar bears and reports of snow in Fiji.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2008 01 14 at 06:10 PM • permalink

  199. My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery Tim. Kick it’s butt, eh?

    Posted by Gibbo on 2008 01 14 at 06:18 PM • permalink

  200. Medical advice is very positive, but that wouldn’t count for much in the absence of care and love from family and friends. I’ve been overwhelmed. I’m lucky.

    Luckier than I ever knew.

    Usual posting to continue shortly.

    I’m so glad to hear they have found out what has been making you feel sucky and it is treatable.  It does sound like a long stint in hospital, so be very nice to the nurses!

    It is also nice for you to receive such warm support from your family, friends, and almost complete strangers via this blog.  It’s wonderful to see. 

    But the best thing is your appreciation of your circumstances, and finding a positive already in this difficult time.  This will stand you in good stead throughout the tough days ahead.

    Ditto to all of the above, and know you’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.  Beat this thing!

    The Daily Telegraph
    2 Holt Street
    Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.

    Address above for any cards etc.

    Posted by peter m on 2008 01 14 at 06:20 PM • permalink

  201. I knew that damn sandwich was no good.
    I hope a Pantagruelian* approach aids your complete recovery.
    *To treat serious subjects with cynical good humour.

    Posted by lotocoti on 2008 01 14 at 06:27 PM • permalink

  202. Terrible news, best wishes, utter shock, indomitable spirit (yours).  Hey, I just watched Lord of the Rings again, your part of the world kicked Sauron’s ass, this is a piece of cake by comparison.  Good luck.

    Posted by Mike G on 2008 01 14 at 06:28 PM • permalink

  203. Best wishes, Tim. We’re all pulling for you.

    Posted by CraigC on 2008 01 14 at 06:29 PM • permalink

  204. Here in the north woods of Minnesota, USA, within spittin’ distance of Canada (not just a folksy trope anymore - Go, Steyn!), we have to range far and wide on the ‘nets to find sources of - not just information - information combined with wit and context and insight. 

    We had our own local sources once.  They froze solid a few years back.  Now, there’s just us, and the moose.

    So, following the logic I’ve laid out here, you realize that you’ll absolutely be getting over this, right? 

    ‘Cuz, you ain’t leaving us to the gentle ministrations of the moose.

    Posted by bobby B on 2008 01 14 at 06:29 PM • permalink

  205. Think positive and get well soon.

    Posted by noir on 2008 01 14 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  206. I feel a grant application coming on…

    The effect of Tim Blair’s hospitalisation on global warming, whaling and general snarking at moonbats.

    D’ya think it’ll float?

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 14 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  207. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

    Posted by Quoll on 2008 01 14 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  208. Hate hearing that word. Best of luck and a quick recovery. There are still a lot of cretinism out there that needs to be pilloried.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 01 14 at 06:36 PM • permalink

  209. I’ve often considered how it would have been to live in some past age, where life was “slow” and “uncomplicated”, and all those other romanticized ideas some folks have of the world a long time ago.

    But, ya know what? Not that many years ago, a cancer diagnoses was a death penalty for the unlucky soul that received it! What an improvement we’ve made(well, the researchers have made, bless’em)! So, I feel confident you and the Docs will handle this the same way you handle all the looney lefties everyday.

    With class and good humor! Get well soon.

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 01 14 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  210. I shocked and saddened by this news. You’ll certainly be missed. Get well soon.

    Posted by Zoidberg on 2008 01 14 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  211. We’re on your side, Tim. God bless!

    Posted by debi L. on 2008 01 14 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  212. Ah, Hell. I guess this means your side job as an underwear model is over, eh? Not to worry. I got to enjoy (what I assume was) the same operation about four years ago. All it left me with was a nasty scar amidships and about 12 inches less colon. Fortunately there was plenty more where that came from. Two weeks after surgery I was chasing one of my damn dogs down the street to prevent him getting run over. You’ll surely bounce back just as well.

    Posted by DanG on 2008 01 14 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  213. My family says I’m a know-all. So I’m telling you right here and now

    I KNOW you are going to win this.

    Return soon and well.

    You are now on the short term ill but getting better list for prayers at Clear Island Waters Catholic Church.

    Posted by mehaul on 2008 01 14 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  214. It’s bad news, but not as awful as some make it sound. Ignore the connotations, projections, apprehensions, etc. In practice it just means lots of prodding and poking and machinery and boredom and a sore gut and hospital food for a while. In a couple of months you’ll be free of it all and Tim again, with all the finest parts intact.

    You are the sharpest and funniest blogger of them all, a daily treat for thousands. If each of us prays for you each time we’d normally visit your site, heaven will be hit with quite a hailstorm, about 578,000 prayers a day if I figure it right. God Himself will be worrying about climate change.

    Only answer: increase cancer remissions and put Tim back on his feet ASAP.

    Meanwhile, I’m with HelenW at 125. One extra ton a month.

    Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2008 01 14 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  215. #212 I’m sorry to hear that you lost 12 inches Dan. I didnt think you could spare a single inch. :-)

    Posted by lingus4 on 2008 01 14 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  216. In our prayers.

    Posted by tioedong on 2008 01 14 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  217. Get better Tim!  Love ya (but not in THAT way, NTTAWWT (Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That) :).

    Posted by Dave in Chicago on 2008 01 14 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  218. Tim,

    I am very sorry to hear about this. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by captain on 2008 01 14 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  219. My mother and grandmother both recovered well after similar procedures, best of luck to you.

    Posted by Nicholas on 2008 01 14 at 06:54 PM • permalink

  220. Very sorry to hear the news.

    Good luck and God Bless.  We hope for a speedy recovery.

    Kind regards,
    Steve

    Posted by fankytomato on 2008 01 14 at 06:55 PM • permalink

  221. Sorry to hear the news, Tim.  Hope you make a speedy recovery!

    Posted by lewisinnyc on 2008 01 14 at 06:55 PM • permalink

  222. Tough break.  Hope all goes well.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2008 01 14 at 06:56 PM • permalink

  223. Tim:
    Be strong. Be good.

    Okay, that second one is impossible for you to meet.

    I and my family will take some time to think and pray for you and your loved ones. Count on it.

    Steve

    Posted by SMGalbraith on 2008 01 14 at 06:58 PM • permalink

  224. Tim

    That’s tough.  Here’s wishing for a speedy recovery. Keep up the fight.

    Posted by pommygranate on 2008 01 14 at 07:01 PM • permalink

  225. I sat down to work, clicked on your blog to check it out like I do every morning and blam, what a shock.

    I’ve got little to add that hasn’t already been said, you’re going to get better and the quicker the better. You’re in all our thoughts.

    Posted by Amos on 2008 01 14 at 07:03 PM • permalink

  226. God bless from the City of Salt, Utah. That’s right, you do have friends in strange places. I laugh every time I talk to a leftist, because it’s better than being pissed all the time… You tought me that. You’ll make it and then some.

    Posted by infdl on 2008 01 14 at 07:03 PM • permalink

  227. This is awful. I too blame Bush.

    Now to fire up the Precision Atomic Cancer Obliterator and watch those rogue cells melt away like a globally-warmened ice floe under a cuddly, adorable polar bear cub!

    Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2008 01 14 at 07:04 PM • permalink

  228. Just remember, we’re all pullin’ for ya.  Stay positive!

    Posted by Old Grouch on 2008 01 14 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  229. Tim, let’s put it this way: you are positively admonished to stick around until I become an expert on cricket

    Never you fear. Tim’s gonna knock this thing for six.

    Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2008 01 14 at 07:07 PM • permalink

  230. Tim, we’ll see you back here in a few weeks. You ain’t got nothin’ to be worryin’ about.

    Make sure to let us know if you need anything we can provide, because I’m sure we’ll rush to it.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 14 at 07:07 PM • permalink

  231. I echo 1-214 above.

    I’m only an occasional poster, but an avid reader. Your blog is a daily tonic, an antidote to the oceans of idiocy that might otherwise drown us.

    Get well soon.

    s.r.intulom

    Posted by s.r.intulom on 2008 01 14 at 07:11 PM • permalink

  232. Anglican prayers going up for the quick return of your health, amigo.  Several continents are depending on you.

    Posted by Jeffersonian on 2008 01 14 at 07:11 PM • permalink

  233. Best wishes and prayers - the sane side of humanity needs you, and the crazies need you to keep on stirring them up!

    Posted by EdwardM on 2008 01 14 at 07:11 PM • permalink

  234. Good luck, stay positive, trust to science, no Surrender!

    Posted by mrks on 2008 01 14 at 07:13 PM • permalink

  235. My best wishes and prayers to you and your family.

    Thank you Tim.

    Posted by Gozza on 2008 01 14 at 07:16 PM • permalink

  236. Good luck Tim.  We’re with you.

    Posted by Mr Hackenbacker on 2008 01 14 at 07:22 PM • permalink

  237. TIM TAM :”:;’‘;’;’;;’;’;’

    FAints

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 14 at 07:22 PM • permalink

  238. I want to be your nurse so you make a full recovery.

    Tim Tam, don’t worry we are here with you all the way, and you’ll have so much to look forward to when I make you your Blair mini movie while you’re recovering.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 14 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  239. (((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 14 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  240. p.s. I’m not going to cry either because I know you’ll recover.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 14 at 07:27 PM • permalink

  241. Tim, with all of this support from your extended family you’ll be better in a jiffy.  Chin up and knock the bastard off.

    Posted by Ubique on 2008 01 14 at 07:28 PM • permalink

  242. #227: You said it, Paul. That’s the one product we make that accidentally works perfectly, every time.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 14 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  243. All hopes for a swift recovery.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 01 14 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  244. If there’s such a thing as karma, considering the number of chuckles and suppressed workplace sniggers you’ve added to the cosmos you’ll be out in no time.

    I hope your doctor is a Liberal (paraphrasing Ronald Reagan). Best of luck, Tim, I know you’ll knock the bastard off! (Apologies if that’s been said.)

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2008 01 14 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  245. You are now Adam Gilchrist. Cancer is a juicy half volley outside off stump. You know what to do.

    All the best for a speedy recovery, mate. I’m not much for praying, but for you I’ll make an exception. You’re the reason for broadband, hell you’re the reason I have internet connection.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 01 14 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  246. Prayers and many wishes for a quick and full recovery.

    Posted by Tink on 2008 01 14 at 07:41 PM • permalink

  247. Can we come and visit you in the hospital?

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 14 at 07:41 PM • permalink

  248. Sweet mother of God @.o;

    All the best for your recovery; we’re all so very glad for you that it looks like it was caught so early!

    Posted by Nathan_C on 2008 01 14 at 07:45 PM • permalink

  249. All the best Tim, hope it goes well and your recovery is fast.

    Posted by ChrisPer on 2008 01 14 at 07:45 PM • permalink

  250. Very best to you, Tim, for now and for a long future.

    Posted by you bet on 2008 01 14 at 07:48 PM • permalink

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