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Old 11-30-2009
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Smile Thank You All - Memorial to Ian Jamieson.

Hi to all the SailingXers,

Since I have discovered the function of the "Donate" button at the top of the SailingX page I have been trying to decide what to write. Let me just start by saying a heartfelt thanks from myself and my family. Most of us here all know one and other at some level and some of you are my closest friends. I never expected this kind of help from the sailing community but I am grateful for it.

It has been quite a ride the last few months as I guess you are all aware. I'm not sure which of the updates have been circulated via the mailing list and how much everyone know but I will try to keep it short as I can.

I have been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer after a fairly long drawn out process. The last six months or so leading up to the diagnosis and surgery were particularly rough. I was feeling sick a lot of the time and not getting good sleep and worrying about what was going on. This made me somewhat ineffective in every area of my life, which just made me more stressed.

Since I finally got to the "good" doctors things have progressed at a rapid pace. It was one week from meeting the GI specialist to get scoped and diagnosed. Two days after that I was consulting with a surgeon. Three days after that I was in hospital for the first time in my life. Two days after that I had a chunk of my colon removed and an ileostomy. The ileostomy will hopefully be reversed after the chemo therapy but if not so be it. It has been way less trouble adapting to than I ever expected.

After almost two weeks in hospital I came home to start the road to recovery. After healing up from somewhat major abdominal surgery and regaining some of the nearly 40 pounds of weight lost, I am now into the chemo therapy. I have just finished the third treatment of 12 that will take place over the next 6 months if all goes well. If it goes badly they may have to make the cycles longer so my body has longer to recover each time. Unfortunately there is no rule book for side effects to chemo therapy. It affects every patient differently and I just have to wait and see. The other thing is that they are cumulative so I will have them get worse as time goes on.

So far so good. I am certainly experiencing some side effects. Most of them are most pronounced during the days of my chemo treatment, which is about 4 days of every two weeks. The combination of the chemo drugs and the anti-nausea drugs causes complete brain damage and make me quite groggy. Unfortunately they also keep you from sleeping so you just kind of live in the fog for a couple of days. I am having a little numbness in my fingers and toes that will likely continue to get worse. Right now it means that I have to stay out of the cold and wear warm gloves and socks more often than normal. I also am having an aversion to cold drinks and ice cream. These make my tounge numb and throat close up. Guzzling beer is off the list but sipping an occasional rummer is still doable and the alcohol is not considered off limits during chemo as with some other drug treatments. Dry skin that has always been a bit of a problem needs constant lubrication. I am more sensitive to sun, if that is possible. I got a bad sun burn on my lower lip raking the leaves the other day and it wasn't that sunny. There are a few other things like lowered immunity to colds and infections and low platelete counts and things that are not noticeable but I have to be aware of. I have to be a little careful.

The combination of many of these things and endless doctors appointments etc has lead me to the decision that I am not likely to be able to work in my usual capacity. This was very scary at first because I didn't have any extra insurance coverage, which was stupid on my part but nothing can be done at this point. There are many programs for people who are terminal and never going to work again but not much for those of us in short term difficulty. Tamara had been concentrating on starting her own consulting business but has since found a full time job. This has taken the some of the stress away. We are only hundreds short a month instead of thousands. Instead of having to fire sale the boat we may manage to hang to it without digging to deeply into debt. The boat is about all we have and it would be a shame to have to give her up at this point after how far its come. I have not ruled out selling but I am not paniced about it anymore.

Anyway the support of all of you and the rest of my family and friends has allowed me to concentrate on getting well and focus on the road ahead. One other bright spot in all of this is that I have been getting to spend way more time with my son, Sam. I find that during the treatment times when I am not feeling great that I have way less patience but he tries hard to be good. He goes to daycare during those days but I still have to get him there which can be a test. On the other days when we spend the day together we have lots of fun. He is waiting patiently right now to go out a ride his bike on this sunny afternoon and the walk will do me good so I will try to wrap this up for now.

If any of you wish to be included in my semi-regular update e-mail list just drop me a message with your e-mail and I will add you to the list. My address is ian@oceanrigging.com.

Thanks to all of you one more time. The good wishes and positive energy is welcomed and the donations will make all the rest easier. I never really believed how important that support is until being on this side of it and it has changed the way I look at things.

So much for keeping it short.
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Old 08-03-2013
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On August 1, around 6:50 pm. We lost one of our own. Known to some as Ian from Ocean rigging, Ian J, capt Ian,or as I like to call him, Jaimer. He was a great friend and he will truly be missed. His long fight with cancer started about four years ago, but this would not keep him from living his life, he planed his life around friends and family and made use of his boat to show his son "Sam" the love of the sea and shared with both friends and family the tales of his miss spent youth. I enjoyed the years of sailing, rum sipping and working on boats with Ian and I will truly miss him.

At this time my families love and support goes out to Ian's and all of his loved ones.


Tamara writes


"Both his mom and I were in the room talking and keeping him company. This evening I caught up to our son Sam, to let him know that his dad died. He was in good company with some friends, who talked about their family members who have died from cancer. Thankfully the boys had a good conversation about our sad news.


We will be having a memorial mass for Ian next week, likely on Friday August 9 at 11 am.
Location: St. David of Wales, 2475 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC


In a few months we'll have a Celebration of Life in Vancouver. If you would like to upload a photo or story about Ian, please post your comments at this tribute website: http://ian.jamieson.muchloved.com


I do not have contact information for a number of Ian's friends & colleagues, kindly circulate this note to anyone who might like to join us or send a note to be read aloud at the Celebration.


Thank you.
Tamara & Sam"


I know that Ian would not want us to cry for him, he would rather be remembered for what he was when he was with us. The good times, the rough, the laughs and the fair winds. He always saw the brighter side of life and we should learn from him, we should live life to its fullest, hug our families and share our time ( how ever short ) with our friends while we can.

Good bye my friend, I will truly miss you.

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Old 08-03-2013
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So sad to hear.

Most of my fondest memories of CaptIan include nostalgic stories of the east coast, rum, and, of course, a boat (or many)... Jokes and stories told with his lilting Nova Scotian accent always brought me back to summer trips back east with my family when I was a kid, particularly any tale about Chester Race Week. Our times racing on Black Ice were invariably filled with dark and stormies, good competition, and many subtle lessons on sail and rig trim that made me a better sailor hearing them. And it always made you feel better if Ian was on board for any of the multiple times that we were still assembling, disassembling, and/or mounting the winches on the deck of Ice, or trying to straighten the rig on the way out to the race course.

The world has lost a wonderful man; our thoughts are with Tamara and Sam right now. Will be cracking a bottle of Goslings tonight to raise a toast, we'll miss you Ian - fair winds and smooth sailing.
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Old 08-05-2013
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I first "met" Ian via messaging on this site. In response to a quick question about how to adjust the forestay tension on an older Harken roller furling system, and despite not knowing me at that point, he took the time to send me a very detailed and comprehensive set of instructions on how to do the job. They still reside in my boat folder for whenever I open the system up.

After that I met Ian in person various times and while we may not have known each other very well, every time I met him it was like running into an old high school buddy. He was just super friendly and upbeat and giving, and I enjoyed talking boats with him, touring his Lancer, and just shooting the breeze.

Fair winds and following seas Ian, you'll be missed far and wide.
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Old 08-06-2013
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Very sad news. Found out from Tamara yesterday at Scott Point and was shocked.

Ian was a very nice guy who's fine work keeps my rig standing steady today.

Fair winds.
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Old 08-06-2013
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I sailed with Ian on Black Ice at deep cove a couple years ago. He was telling us stories about sailing on a gaff rigged boat in Nova Scotcia when he was younger. He kept us laughing and enterained while we waited for the breeze to fill in.

He was one of a kind, and will be missed.
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Just a reminder that tomorrow - Friday August 9 at 11 am there will be a memorial mass for Ian.

Location: St. David of Wales, 2475 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC

A couple more photos of our friend to share as well.

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I've never been much of a church guy but Prowler and crew will have CaptIAN in our hearts and in e tape on the side of our boat for SOAR this weekend.
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I've never been much of a church guy but Prowler and crew will have CaptIAN in our hearts and in e tape on the side of our boat for SOAR this weekend.
I am with you on the church front.... I have never really liked the place. But I will be there to show my respects all the same.

Nice touch on the E tape, We will be wearing red in honer of our friend, Ian's favorite colour maybe others could do the same ?

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We shall be sure to fly our red kite for the inflow.
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