Greetings fellow members!
I would like to personally thank everyone who has actively participated at GAOH over the last year. Your commitment to the site keeps the site interesting and fun. Unfortunately I have have not been as active or able to participate at the level I used to and for good reason....
In January of this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and have been undergoing radiation therapy to try and cure the cancer. I spent ten weeks of almost daily treatments. The farther I got into the treatments the worse the side effects and I continued working full time the whole duration. Thanks be to God I only missed one day of work as a direct result of the treatment but three days after I was finished I got an upper respiratory infection that put me out of commission for a whole week and I am sill trying to recover three weeks later. I am finally starting to feel like my old self again but I won't know how effective the radiation treatments were until about a year has passed.
My plan this year was to pay the annual Ning fees out of my own pocket and not have to ask the members for any financial support to keep GAOH going, but I am afraid that with my doctor bills that have piled up (in the thousands) I just cannot afford to do so. Thus I will need to ask for member help to keep the site up an running again. The annual fee is $199.00 and comes due near the end of July. I will probably post a Paypal link on the main page (like I did last year) around July 1st and leave it up until enough contributions have come in to pay the bill. Last year I updated my blog post as donations came in and the entire amount was met in a very short time. I apologize for the imposition on the members and I hope that nobody will be offended or upset. My only other options would be to let the contract expire and close GAOH, or try and find a free site and start again. Since I have not been able to find anything as good as Ning offers to me moving is not an option. I would rather close than start again. Anyway, that is were things stand.
Here are a couple of pics of my radiation adventures!
This is the IMRT (Intensity Modulated Ration Therapy) machine.
Unfortunately you can see that there were some after effects of all those treatments! LOL