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I'm not feeling very well

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Dan Vadas

Dan Vadas


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Hi all,


Now that I've notified all my family, and know where I'm heading with this, I thought I'd let you all know that I've found out I have Prostate Cancer. In case you were wondering why I haven't posted much lately.


The doctors are very optimistic about my chances of recovery given a bit of time, but for the moment I've stopped work on "Vulture" as I have very severe back pain as a result of the cancer.


Hopefully I'll be back at it soon.




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Dan, please accept my thoughts and prayers for your complete recovery from this.  No matter what it takes.

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Current Build:    US Frigate Confederacy - MS 1:64


Previous Builds :


US Brig Syren (MS) - 2013 (see Completed Ship Gallery)

Greek Tug Ulises  (OcCre) - 2009 (see Completed Ship Gallery)

Victory Cross Section (Corel) - 1988

Essex (MS) 1/8"- 1976

Cutty Sark (Revell 1:96) - 1956





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Thoughts and prayers are coming your way from here.  Prostate is a very beatable cancer.  Keep the faith - and hang out here to keep your hand in!



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Sorry to hear about the Prostate and the pain it has been causing. Good that the Doctors are optimistic about recovery.  Thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.


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My prayers go out to you, I bet you can count on global wide support from this site alone.


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Senior ole salt

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 They do great things for prostate cancer these days.  Prayers from CT USA.



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New Bedford Whaleboat build. Kit by Model Shipways



I've been making progress on my model and according to the instruction booklet I should be painting it, at least parts of it.

Are acrylic's ok ? I did apply a sanding sealer. but I want to stain the untreated floor boards which are walnut.









Captain Al

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My prayers and best wishes to you mate.
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Brian the extraordinaire

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I was wondering why you haven't posted much this year.  Good luck with it Dan. 

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Good luck and I hope you have a speedy recovery



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Hi Dan,


Sorry to hear that and I can truly sympathize, been there myself too.  Radiation solved my problem, so far.

Now I have bladder cancer, which we are treating with a BCG protocol.

I understand what you are going through but my prayers are going out.


Keep strong and have a very positive mindset, that helps.



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CURRENT BUILD: VOC ship, 1665, 1:80, own design

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Hang in there Dan....you'll beat it!!

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Don't worry about the prostate cancer mate, it's quite treatable these days - provided it has a low Gleason score, low PSA, etc etc. You still have a number of years to go yet!

BTW I hope you are seeking an opinion from John Hunter Hospital. If you like, you can PM me. I know a little about cancer. Well I would bloody well hope so given that it's my specialty ;)
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Regards, Keith

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Wishing you the best.  Hope to see you back in the workshop soon.

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Best of luck beating this, Danny. Good news that the docs are optimistic. Something tells me you're not supposed to quit model ship building just yet! (If you know what I mean!) ;)

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Sending you and your family prayers and good wishes, Dan--may you be well and your recovery smooth and fast!

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