Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

12/18 - Ya win some, ya lose some

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Remember the Chili's nights I told you to go to, where Chili's
donated all of their profits for that night to St. Judes
Children's Hospital? Well, St. Judes took all of that money an
built a building...

“When construction began on the Chili's Care Center in 2004, the
building was a vision on paper. It took hundreds of people to
create that vision and turn it into reality for the patients,
researchers, faculty and staff of St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital. November 2007 welcomes the Chili's Care Center to the
St. Jude campus.”
[Full Story]

Anyway, you guys are going to have to keep going to Chili's. At
least for us. We got some good news and some bad news with #4's
MRI today. The 2 spots that they found in October were still the
same size. They didn't move and didn't grow. I still think they
are cauterized vessels from the original surgery or something.
However, they did see a much larger area on his tumor bed that
'lit up' when they scanned it. The Radiologist said it was
probably scar tissue, but that it was unusual to light up because
scar tissue is supposed to fade away over time. He said there was
no dense material or anything in the lit up area, but he said that
we should watch it because the area had changed from the last

So, it's the WWW for us. (Wait Watch and Worry)

I work with 2 Radiologists who read hundreds of studies each day.
And, most of the doctors who receive the reports pretty much tell
the patients exactly what's in the report. So, when we have Brain
Tumor Clinic tomorrow, maybe I'll just have my sweet wife call me
when the oncologist gets there to see if there's anything new.

I think I've come to realize that this is going to be a life long
battle. Until either he goes, or we go. (Hopefully the latter...)

Brain Tumors suck.

Enjoy Today's Jokes.


p.s. Do you know how hard it is to find “Brain Tumor Jokes”? Well,
I did my best...


A lawyer finds out he has a brain tumor, and its inoperable – in
fact, its so large, they have to do a brain transplant. His doctor
gives him a choice of available brains – there is a jar of rocket
scientist brains for $10 an ounce, a jar of regular scientist
brains for $15 an ounce, and a jar of lawyer brains for the
princely sum of $800 an ounce. The outraged lawyer says, "This is
a rip-off - how come the lawyer brains are so expensive?" The
doctor replies, "Do you know how many lawyers it takes to get an
ounce of brains?"


Doctor: I regret to tell you that you have a brain tumor.

Mr. Bean: Yesss!!! (jumps for joy)

Doctor: Did you understand what I just told you?

Mr.Bean: Yes of course, do you think I'm dumb?

Doctor: Then why you are so happy?

Mr.Bean: Because that proves that I have a brain!


This Marine, all messed up from Iraq, went to the hospital to get
checked. They found a huge brain tumor. Because of his brain
tumor, all he could say was the words to the Marines hymn. So when
the doctor asked his name, he replied, "From the halls of

The doctor decided to remove the tumor and part of his brain,
thinking that would cure it. When the doctor did this, the Marine
still said "From the halls of montezuma..."

The doctor figured he did not remove enough of the brain. So after
removing some more, the marine still only said those words.

The doctor, now getting frustrated, decided to take the rest of
the brain out. Now the Marine, with no brain, stood up and started
singing, "Be all that you can be..."


  • At 10:44 PM, Blogger Kathy said…

    I guess the news we all wanted to hear was the spots are gone, that they were just artifacts.

    But there's really no going back. Life is uncertain for everyone, but as the parent of a cancer kid we are forced to look death and uncertainty in the face all the time.

    The blessing is it brings us to our knees, which is where we should always have been anyway.

    But I still hate it. I'm going to pray for you and your wife and your little man tonight.

  • At 9:48 PM, Blogger Susan said…


    Just found your blog... Hmmm and I see Kathy posted. (We're friends!)

    Is son #4 a patient at St. Jude?

    I have 5 sons, and my #4 has a brain tumor also.

    So nice to meet you. I'm going to enjoy your blog.

    I like that WWW, we do a lot of that ourselves.

    I like what Kath said, "the blessing is, it brings us to our knees and keeps us there!

    Praying for you guys,



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