Dad X.

You have found yourself on the Dad X page. Above is a home movie that is a window into a glimpse of life with my dad before cancer took hold and changed my family’s life forever.

Below is a series of photographs that will pay further homage to my dad. Ted. A husband. A father. A man taken from this world far too early in life by a ruthless and relentless disease. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).

15 Comments

  1. Karrie Minor
    Posted 5 May ’11 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    These photos tell a story so much stronger than written words. It must have been very emotional for you to compile them, although hopefully cathartic. You bear a striking resemblance to your father.

    • TEDX
      Posted 15 May ’11 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Yes Karrie, it was quite emotional to go through all the old family photo albums to gather all the photos for this page. Emotions are welling up as I type this. Thank you for taking a look at this Dad X page and for your comment.

  2. Laurie
    Posted 14 May ’11 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    It seems like a life time ago. I can connect to some memories, but for some I am too young to recall. This can be very emotional for me to follow, but I applaud my brother for the initiative and strength he is taking on. I love you brother :)

    • TEDX
      Posted 15 May ’11 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Laurie, it definitely seems like a lifetime ago. But, when I looked at these photos and remembered details from that time, I still am very affected by time period in our lives.

      I can image it it might look like you’re viewing someone else’s life. Your being so young when that was going on.

      I’m glad you took a look at this page. I wanted you to see this page especially.

      This Ride thing is not just for me and the causes I believe in. It is for my family. We have all been in this together. And will need to be there for each other in the future.

      I love you Laurie.

  3. Lisa
    Posted 19 May ’11 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Todd, you have done an amazing job in putting this website together. When I look at those photos, it seems like yesterday. I have so many fond memories of those days. You all were such a huge part of my life back then and I am glad I was there to share in those memories.

    Love you all,

    • TEDX
      Posted 20 May ’11 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Hello Lisa,

      Thank you for finding yourself on my site again. Truly means a lot. So glad you are liking how it is coming together. I am definitely driven to make this ride happen.

      You were a big part of our lives back then and continue to be. I am so glad we continue to be in each other’s lives. Good memories indeed. More memories will continue to be made.

      Much love at you.

  4. Evan Barnes
    Posted 3 Jun ’11 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful … A tribute to your Pops…reminds me of old pics of mine and brings up great memories … thank you for sharing

    • TEDX
      Posted 3 Jun ’11 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Well hello there Evan. It has been awhile. I hope all is well with you. Thank you so much for stopping by this site of mine. Truly means a lot. I’m glad it sparked some great memories for you.

  5. Laura Hutchinson
    Posted 22 Aug ’11 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    My mum had a similar experience when she was very young. Her dad was the first in the family to have FAP and died when she was only 2. She avoided having colonoscopies after she turned 17 as they were so unpleasant and when she was 30 they found a tumour in her colon! Luckily enough for her she had it removed straight away and was able to have both me and my sister in the space of 5 years. She has had both the IRA and a J-pouch and is as healthy as ever. My sister and I both have to have IRA’s when we turn 18 and 21 respectively, so we have a busy few years coming up. It’s good to see something like this being done for those with FAP as many have never heard of it. I hope it catches on in the UK for us!

    • Posted 23 Aug ’11 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Hello Laura,

      Thank you so much for spending some time viewing my website and commenting on this post. Truly means a lot.

      Sorry to read that we have FAP in common. A bit of a pain in the you know what it can be to say the least.

      It really must have been tough on your mother to have lost her father when she was only two, I lost my father when I was twelve. At least I was old enough to know my dad.

      Truly wonderful that your mother is doing well after the procedures that she had. I’m glad you and your sister are keeping up on what you need to do to keep this disease at bay. For years I avoided getting my annual check-ups. I guess I was tired of dealing with it. Then it turned into being afraid that the polyps I had turned into cancer. Almost five years ago my mom and sister pulled a bit of an intervention on me. They convinced me to go to my sister’s doctor to be looked at. Thankfully, the polyps did not turn to cancer. But, a few of them were very large and the doctor told me that I really needed to schedule the j-pouch procedure.

      I had the j-pouch surgery, which was not successful. When I was opened up on the operating table it was discovered that I had desmoid tumors which come with some cases of FAP. The tumors did not give my surgeon enough small intestine to do the pull-through procedure. So I was closed back up. A less than ideal situation.

      My two sisters, niece and nephew all have had the j-pouch surgery and are doing quite well. I’m thankful for that.

      Again Laura, thank you for stopping by and feel free to check back as I am constantly adding more content to this site. Once the ride actually begins there will be all kinds of interesting content posted continually.

      All the best to you and your family,

      Todd.

      p.s. You might want to check out the “Mom X” on this site. In it is my mom’s story which chronicles my family’s bout with FAP, from when my dad was first diagnosed with it back in 1973 to present day.
      TEDX recently posted..Splendor in the pines.

  6. Lisa
    Posted 20 Dec ’11 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh – my heart.
    To have gone through these images, I cannot imagine the range of emotions you experienced. My soul aches to think of any child losing a parent …
    Thank you for your willingness to share pieces of you and your family … I know it can/will benefit many to see where you have been and the journey that is ahead.
    Your openness is the stark reality of cancer. …and being that your family is inflicted with varying portions of FAP, I’m sure that being so vulnerable cannot be easy.
    Thank you for educating me with regard to FAP. I’d heard of it prior to knowing you, and yet really had no idea the destructive power it really has. I’d no clue the road you all have had to travel, and especially when there is seemingly not a lot that can be done to control it, that road must be horribly rocky and filled with potholes.
    You and your family are in my thoughts…
    xox

  7. Posted 26 Jan ’12 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Nice pics bro i’am sure your family is very proud of you.

    • Posted 26 Jan ’12 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Thank you for taking the time to look at my site and for the compliment George.

  8. Drew McKnight
    Posted 9 Mar ’12 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    VERY meaningful pictures You have compiled here Todd!! I could very easily SEE the “emotion” and Love in your father’s eyes that he had for all of You in these pictures!! Thank You for sharing these with all of us!!

    • Posted 9 Mar ’12 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Thank you Drew for taking the time to view these photos of my dad and my family. It was definitely an emotional experience compiling these photos. Was a very cathartic process.

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