Machinist Mate Master Chief Spilmon passed away on 10-19-2010: A note from his daughter; Lia Spilmon Burris
Thanks for Sending this too me Lia. It seemed fitting. Vern
My Dad died today. His heart quit working. He lived over 2 years longer than they gave him with Stage 4 Cancer. He fought the cancer to the last. And even suprised hospice for living several weeks longer than what they gave him. He died at home where he wanted to be in Necedah, Wisconsin.
He was on the Kawishiwi when I was born. And I was happy to have been able to serve on that ship too.
Those cancer meds almost wiped him out. Some people have allergies to the blood building meds and their effect on the kidneys espcially when kidney function is lower because of diabedes and stuff. And reactions to pain meds which kills peoples appitites. Bad also for diabetics. I guess it is nice technology will help in the future maybe to determine if a med will work or not before a person takes It. I really like the lab on a chip technologies and have hopes for them.
I am going to forward your email to my sister Marie (also a navy vet.), so maybe the news of this huge reef system with the last ship my dad was on in the service being used to help the fish and make divers happy in a reef will cheer my family up maybe a little.
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