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    We are a friendly, online community of people interested in planted aquariums. We support and help each other learn and grow. It is our sincere hope that you will join us and find our tight-knit community valuable and fun!

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    • It is a place where you can make long-term friends in the planted aquarium hobby and have long, multi-day talks on specific subjects.
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    Where Facebook is more like a large city-wide party, ScapeCrunch is more like your neighborhood bar "where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came." It's always fun to go to large parties but it's at the local bar that you feel people really know you. The great part is that you can and should go to both!

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    Hi ScapeCrunch family,

    Some of you may have noticed that I've been away from ScapeCrunch for the last 10 days or so. Some of you may not have noticed :) and that's fine! I feel that I needed to share the personal reason I've been away. Apologies if this is oversharing but as the admin here, I feel I should let people know why I'm away for extended periods.

    My wife has been battling cancer and needed a liver transplant. This is why we moved to Houston. Last week, on Tuesday, we got the call that a liver was available for her. She was transplanted on Tuesday of last week and we've been in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital since. She is being discharged today.

    Hospital WIFI has been spotty and, honestly, being a caregiver takes a lot of time, especially for someone who is recently transplanted. I needed to focus on her.

    Thanking God for the miracle of the liver and that she continues to do well. I now have more availability to come chat with all of you about the hobby we love. So, you will see me active again.

    Hoping you are all well. Oh, and life is short, hug your loved ones and friends. Be present with them as much as you can.

    Art
     
    Sorry didn't notice as I was a bit on and off on ScapeCrunch myself, hopefully things will be much better for you and your wife going forward
    Wish you and your wife the best
     
    Thank, Ayman. My wife is doing very well.

    We've come to learn that the early days after a transplant require a LOT of regimented work. Pills on a schedule, she tests her blood before every meal, physical therapy, doctor visits, etc. Keeps me very busy!

    No complaints though. We are blessed to be in this.

    Slowly finding time to get back here to speak with you all about tanks, plants and fish. It helps. When you're going through something like this, you realize how therapeutic our hobby really is for us.
     
    @Art, this is kind of off topic but not. I have a friend that has / had cancer. He got into reading about different kinds of mushrooms and how they are curing all these cancers. He actually started his own company to look into this more and grow medicinal mushrooms.
     
    Hey thanks, @BigWave. Yes, we're aware of these. The turkey tail mushroom has been shown to have positive benefits even in clinical trials. My wife took these for a while.

    It seems there are some natural remedies out there that do have a positive effect with some cancers. The problem is that medicine is evidence-based. Without proper clinical trials, that are very expensive, none of these remedies will receive wide acceptance by the medical community. Patients are left to research and try them out on their own.

    I hope they find a better way in the future.
     
    Hi all!

    I am happy to report that I am now back in Miami (home). It's been almost 4 months since my wife's transplant and she is doing well enough that we were allowed to move back home from Houston.

    We were blessed to have spent almost 10 months in Houston. It's a beautiful town. We will be back every 3 months for scans but living in Miami.

    Things are settling back down to a level of normalcy where I have some "me" time to spend here. I hope to see you guys around more than I have the last couple of months.

    I hope you're doing well. Please say "hello" when you can.

    Best,

    Art
     
    Hi all!

    I am happy to report that I am now back in Miami (home). It's been almost 4 months since my wife's transplant and she is doing well enough that we were allowed to move back home from Houston.

    We were blessed to have spent almost 10 months in Houston. It's a beautiful town. We will be back every 3 months for scans but living in Miami.

    Things are settling back down to a level of normalcy where I have some "me" time to spend here. I hope to see you guys around more than I have the last couple of months.

    I hope you're doing well. Please say "hello" when you can.

    Best,

    Art
    Really great news Art. Have been meaning to ask - and now I know. Good to hear your move back went well and very happy to hear your wife is doing well.
     
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