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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:17 PM
My friends,
This Thanksgiving weekend has been so wonderful - full of family, friends, a little much-needed rain, and lots of love. Both my kids were home this weekend, which I loved more than anything in the world, and I got to spend some good time with them. Even though my Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took another one on the chin from Georgia, it still was a great weekend!
For the past 2-3 weeks, I have known that I will have to have more surgery to remove new growth on the tumor that was found a year ago in my brain. It stayed put for a few months, but it has now changed and grown, and all three of my doctors agree that surgery is what needs to be done now in order to get it early. I will also have to endure some radiation and chemo along the way, which I have not had done before, so it will be a new adventure for me, but I have every confidence in the doctors who are looking after my care.
As we all look toward the rest of the holidays that we are in the midst of, I ask for your prayers - not just for me, but for my children and family who are frightened about all this, and for my friends who also are worried about it, too. As the song says, "With the help of God and true friends..." - all of your good thoughts, prayers, and positive energies sent my way during the past year have helped me in ways I still cannot put into words, but they mean more to me than you will ever know.
My surgery is scheduled for January 2, 2008, so until then it is just a waiting game. I have totally placed this in God's kind hands, and I hope that all will be well on January 3!
The friends we all have on here are so very precious to us all, and I thank each one of you who has become a friend over the years for being there for me. I hope that I can in some way return that friendship to you ten-fold.
May the spirit of the holiday season be with you all, and may God bless and keep us during the good times and the tough times we face each day. I love you all so very much, and I am eternally thankful for you and your kindness and love.
Peace always,
Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:23 PM
At this time of thanksgiving, I would just like to say that this world would be a might sorrier place if it weren't for the likes of Willie Howard. God bless you, Bill. You have our love and prayers. If there's ever anything we can do to repay the love and friendship that you've shown for us, do not hestitate to contact us.
I know in the end you'll be alright.

We hope to see you real soon.

"Rusty" and Donna

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:29 PM
Dear Willie,

Thank You for posting your lovely and informative letter to all of us. We all care deeply for you... and speaking for myself.. I had the pleasure of meeting you at my first Beacon "party" experience 2006.. although the meeting was brief you left a lasting impression on me. I will be praying for you and sending positive thoughts and love your way and to your beautiful family.... May God Bless you....

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:30 PM
((( Willie)))

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:30 PM
Bill, You are such a great person, and I trully appreciate all that you do for this great family every day. I love reading your words in HTN, and have recently started reading Randy Poe's great book. I know that everything is gonna work out fine for you, and the Rischbieter household will be praying for you brother. I too have to have some procedures done to find out what's been wrong with my stomach. I have been suffering for too long now, and I know that these tests are the best thing to figure out my med. problems, but we will get through it won't we! We love you brother, and don't hesitate to ask if there is anything that we can do for you!

Drew

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:30 PM
Bill, sending lots of hugs, love and stregth for you and your family...the power of friendship here will be uplifting and needed. I do have a friend going through this here in Mass. It's been several years with different procedures done and he's doing real well.

May God Bless you...

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:32 PM
May God bless you and keep you close in this time of need, Brother Bill.

Love,

The Staff at Hittin' the Note

[Edited on 11/25/2007 by JNB]

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:33 PM
Melissa and I will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:37 PM
Sending thoughts, prayers and oh yeah, also that one note that Derek plays in Dixie Down (you know that one that just sends chills down your spine), to Bill and all of your family.
 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:50 PM
Bill,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

If you need me I am only a "Fillmore East" and "Eat A Peach" play away...

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:01 PM
my brother, I have been waiting for you to post so we can put the full power of this family to work...

prayers to one of the great ones, and my brother from another mother....

here when you need me Bill

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:06 PM
Some of you I have met in my limited travels the past few years but most I have not. I've known Bill for about 18 years now & I truly consider him as one of my closest friends. I know how much your thoughts & prayers mean to him. He surely is one blessed man for all the friends he's made along the way & I know that my life is richer due to knowing & loving Bill. Please keep him in your (our) hearts & much love to all my brothers and sisters out here on a very wonderful "home" for all of us 'disreputable persons'.

Pat, Ellen & the boys

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:10 PM
You know I love you, brother.

I hate that you and your family have to go through this. I know that the good people from this site will send all the love, prayers and vibes that you ask for.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:25 PM
Bill,
Maggie and I send our love and healing vibes out to you. I know that every person on this site feels the way we do about you. You will go into surgery with all the power of all of our love behind you. We'll be praying for you.
God bless and keep you.
Henry & FarmerMaggie

PS-Will they let you pick the music in the OR?

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:29 PM
I love you, Bill! Let me know if I can help in any way.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:42 PM
So much love and so many prayers to you, brother. You are one of the most amazinbg people that I have ever met and also have the honor of calling friend. Hang tough. All will be ok. We love you.
 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:48 PM
prayers and healin vibes goin your way from me & miss thang jan. 3, 2008 is gonna be a good day for you mr. willie

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:48 PM
Willie Howard, we have always kept you in our thoughts and prayers and we still gotcha surrounded so you will be fine and dandy and ready for Wanee in no time.

Peace, love, hot chocolate and holiday goodies,
T


Remember the Bill Ector Medical Fund at hittinthenote.com

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:48 PM
Prayers and God's Blessings to you and your family Brother.


[Edited on 11/25/2007 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:51 PM
Willie Howard you are in my prayers.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 04:51 PM
Prayers out to you and your family Brother Bill. You will beat this!!

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 05:16 PM
Your always in our thoughts Bill. We always look forward to seeing you at all the shows. As a big fan, I say thanks for bringing the love for the music even closer to ours and everyones hearts.

"May I Live Forever" and you my friend "May You Live Forever and a Day"


Looking forward seeing you on the next leg of the tour.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 05:19 PM
Prayers for you and your family Brother Bill!! I'll see you on the road next summer probably between Charlotte and Raleigh. Hang in there we love you.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 05:50 PM
positive vibes your way Willie
 
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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 06:05 PM
Bill,
You & your family will be in my thoughts.

Kevin

 

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