About Lugnut -- Patrick Malone

Many of us have come to know Patrick Malone (Lugnut) as a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kind individual. He is a frequent and enthusiastic contributor to our analog discussion forum. He has initiated only 17 threads, but responded to 559 threads. I would guess that many, if not most, of us can recall a time when Pat replied with helpful advice to a question we posted or helped us track down a rare recording. I have come to love Pat as a friend, and to respect him as a man, and I suspect many of you share those feelings.

Today I write to share difficult news with you. Pat has been diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer. It has yet to be determined whether surgery will even be worth it. If surgery is performed, most or all of the stomach will be removed, and Pat would face a difficult and long post-op period in the hospital. The medical course is still uncertain, but will be determined soon. Whatever is decided, it will not be easy or pleasant.

Something may be planned in the future to assist the family. For now, Pat could use some of the friendship he so often and willingly showed us. You can email Pat at: lugnut50@msn.com. You can also mail cards, letters ... or whatever. You may email me for Pat's mailing address. My email is: pfrumkin1@comcast.net.

I hope to spend a few days with Pat in Idaho or Nebraska (from which he hails) soon. Between this news, my legal work, getting ready for family arriving for the holidays, Audio Intelligent, and trying to make plans to visit Pat, my head is spinning. If you email me and I don't respond, please understand that I am not ignoring you, but rather simply do not have time to reply.

Pat may or may not have time to respond to posts here, to emails, or to cards mailed to him. But he has asked me to convey to each and every one of you that he has cherished your friendship, your comradery, and sharing our common hobby on this great website.

As we prepare for our holiday season celebrations, and look forward to -- as we should -- enjoying this time of year, I ask that you keep Pat and his family in mind ... and softly offer up, in quiet moments in the still of night and early morning, prayers for Pat and his family. God bless.

Warmest regards to all,
Paul Frumkin

I do feel that the chemo and Nate's potion is helping the cancer. It doesn't take an overly sensitive person to be in contact with your body to the extent you can tell new sensations are part of tumor growth. I can say that some of the unwanted sensations are lessening. I now also have enough time under my belt with this drug to understand the daily side effects. Knowing what to expect helps even if you don't look forward to it. If you know what I mean. Eating is a little easier now than before I began this drug but it's still a challenge. Drinking enough fluids is the biggest challenge in all honesty. Every fluid I consume tastes bad and with just a few sips I've had enough, feeling like I'm full. Too much more than that and I'm ready to hurl. Day by day though I can increase my fluid intake a little which is a very good sign. My color has improved and I no longer have the look of death that I saw in the mirror last week. It will be cool if the fatigue that should start this afternoon is less this time than last. That's the source of this stuff working in a detrimental way on my mind. Previously I could motivate myself over the effects of the drug induced fatigue. Last week I could not with this new chemo.

It's nice having you guys for a cheering section. Thanks.
As a man who has disability issues I cant comment to your exact challenge, but I can with out a doubt say that your mental state will go miles to help overcome physical problems from both what ails you aswell as treatment effects, I can feel your stronger will and, your improoved mental state is obvious and very good to see, stay strong and try to see the best in everything, nobody is promised tomorrow, some sadly just know in general when the lord will be calling. As always, blessings and know you are in my thoughts. Tomorrow is never known, and yesterday cant be had again, but today is a gift....thats why we call it the present! Chad
Hi all,

Pat emailed me a picture he would like to share. It shows him with a honkin big smile on his face, having some fun. It's too big to insert here, so go to:


I'm gonna let Pat fill you in on the details.

Great idea, posting Lugnut's picture. We follow Pat's story on a daily basis, and while many AG'ers have had the pleasure of meeting Pat, most of us have not, so its really nice to be able to place a face with the person.

Also, what a great picture!
Go Pat!
The funny thing about that picture is that's the same hat he wore the whole time we were in Dallas!