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Allan with the kids on observation deck of the Empire State Building on August 30, 2008.

by Sam Juliano

I returned home from my annual three-day school trip to Washington D.C. late Friday night to some very shocking news from Allan.  The information initially left me unable to speak, but after rationally reviewing the situation, I am 100% all will be well in the end, and Allan will look back at this time years later and chalk it up to experience.  Allan made the following announcement on Facebook:

OK, no easy way to say this, but on Thursday I went for an endoscopy and a small tumour was found at the join between the oesophagus and the stomach. It’s fairly certain to be malignant but it is all localised and the specialists tell me they have caught it early. So long as the CT scan I’ll be having within 2 weeks says it hasn’t spread beyond that area, I should be OK for an operation and removal, but obviously distressing times. I was going to wait until after the CT scan to share, but I didn’t want anyone to find out and wonder why I hadn’t said. I’m keeping positive as much as possible and it’s just a question of waiting until we know the exact extent of the damage.

Needless to say, even with the overwhelming prospects of a complete recovery and permanent elimination, this is a frightful episode for Allan, who at 40 is a very young man, and shouldn’t have to deal with such grief even of the temporary variety.  All of us here at Wonders in the Dark are profoundly concerned for Allan, while simultaneously confident that he will be smiling again very soon.  My wife Lucille, and children Melanie, Sammy, Danny, Jillian, and Jeremy, all of whom spent two week last August with Allan and his mum in London and Kendal extend our deepest concern over this bump Allan is crossing on his way through life.

Understandably Allan will be away from the blogging scene at WitD and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. (more…)

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