Well I havent given an update on my Dad in a long time so I figured I would tell you how he is doing. Not real well. He finished his radiation back in May I think. They said the tumor shrunk slightly. Not as much as they had hoped but they said that the radiation would continue to work for two months or so after he had stopped it so there was a chance the tumor would continue to shrink. He continued to have problems with swallowing and just feeling not well. He ended up in the hospital twice during the summer with bronchitis that led to pneumonia because the heat just got to him and he couldnt cough up enough. Too weak. With my physical problems I wasnt able to get up to him and they didnt even tell me about the first time he was in. They told me he was okay and said I really didnt need to go up. He was fine. They would let me know. Well, now he is on O2 full time. I can hear it in his voice that he is getting weaker. He cant talk long on the phone with me anymore. I talked to him on Sunday and he told me that last week he was having a lot of trouble catching his breath and it felt like he was walking in water so he called his dr who told him to go to the ER. Once there they did some test and found he had fluid around his heart. They drew off over 12 ounces of what he described as "beer looking" fluid from around his heart. I quietly asked him if they had used the words "congestive heart failure" and he said...why yes. He has appts with his cardiologist, his pulminologist, and his oncologist in the next couple of weeks. Im no dummy, I know what this means. He is dying. He has emphysema, Stage 3 lung cancer and now congestive heart failure. Im losing my Daddy. Im just not ready.