1 (edited by Lalupes Wed, 03 Apr 2013 09:08:47)

Topic: Iain Banks, Writer

I'm so sad to read today that Iain Banks, who also writes as Iain M. Banks, has been diagnosed with Advanced Gallbladder Cancer.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/ … der-cancer

I visited him and his then wife, many years ago, and found him to be a really lovely man. I have spoken to a mutual friend, who is still in touch with him, and am sending him details of this wonderful family, in case he or his family wish to link to our supportive network.

Love to you all
Julia

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Julia...my heart goes out to Ian Banks and his family.  May the preciousness of life allow for comfort and serenty for all.
"Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday, far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." 
Rainer Maria Rilke

Hugs and love,
Marion

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Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Dear Julia, so sorry to hear about Ian Banks. Like I always say Cancer seems to only "adhere" to the best. I am sure you both had to be honored meeting each other! Wishing for Mr. Banks a comfortable journey.

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Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Thanks for posting this Julia. It is very sad indeed and I saw the news earlier on the tv and was shocked when I heard about Iain. Thinking about Iain and his family right now.

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OK, Julia and Gavin, I have a question. Just read an article on CNN NEWS and once again wondering why no one is calling Iain's Cancer what it is, CC. Please correct me if I am wrong and it is sad, but I don't understand when Celebs do this. Someone educate me please.

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I agree, Lainy. I'm really confused. I always believed if the cancer originated in the bile ducts or gallbladder then it was cc. But no one has mentioned cc at all. I'm starting to doubt myself (mind you, I often do sad). Have I got it wrong??

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Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Sorry for my delay in replying to your post Lainy, mum has been poorly again and I've been away from here for a while. As I understand it, his cancer originated on the gall bladder and has spread from there into his liver and pancreas. He said that his bile duct is blocked hence his jaundice. I guess his primary cancer is gall bladder cancer which my dads docs thought that he originally had before diagnosing CC.

I wonder if at the time or after with Walter Payton they were talking about his CC etc?

Hugs,

Gavin

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Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Gavin, I have not emailed youas mostly I don't have the energy cause you know how we go on and on. But looks like Ineed to write you! Not sure about Payton.I found it weird that his family built a Cancer Center in his name but I don't think they treat CC. Perhaps Percy knows. Julia, we can start a new group and call it, "Tell it like it is!"

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Iain Banks, Writer

Hi Lainy and Julia,

Gallbladder cancer is not CC. It's a different cancer.

Gallbladder cancer and CC are collectively known as biliary tract cancers. The symptoms are often the same: blocked bile ducts, jaundice, etc.

Gallbladder cancer is more common than CC. It is also more aggressive.

Re: Iain Banks, Writer

ELI, THANKS SO MUCH, appreciate your post.  Guess we are never too old to learn.
I apologize to everyone and Julia, we won't forget that now. Thanks again Eli, and hope your wife is doing well!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Thank you, Eli.  I hadn't realised that and I appreciate your post.  It really shook me when I heard Iain's diagnosis and I think it was, at least partly, due to the fact I thought they were essentially the same thing. I've been having flashbacks and dreams about Sue's illness and they've intensified since Iain's announcement.

I'm starting to settle down again now.  Thank you.

Julia x

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Ralph Waldo Emerson