As some of you already know , (due to my personal letter to some members here (below ) I am dealing with health issues .  

 “”Hi,  I hope all is well with you . Unfortunately , I can't say the same for myself . I have been ill for a while  and losing weight rapidly,  and , finally   Last week . I was diagnosed with  esophageal cancer ,  The outlook for me is not very good at all . I am still home , and still  able to get around a bit , but my caregiver duties for my  wife  are now very limited ,  so  we are  trying  to set something else up for her .  I have alot of chest pain ,  I have to blend all my food in a blender  and  crush up my pills as I can't swallow anything solid . Treatment and scans are delayed due to covid backlogs  etc .but success rate is low anyway..   So  while i am still able  , I'm just letting my friends and pals  know whats up with me and explain my recent absence . and touch base while I still can , and thank them for being a friend , and know that they are appreciated . 

Take care my friends . 

aint life a bitch . ?


 UPDATE .  They found spots in my liver also, after the CT Scan. but are not sure if it is the cancer that has spread there too , so I have to get a full body  P.E.T scan to find out .  so . I will be radio active for a while .lol.  They are also prepping me for a feeding tube this week .  Weeee ….. big fun .

But for now . im still home and still  fighting it off .

Wish me luck .


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Comment by RTZGUITARS 12 hours ago

S.W. Nation is fighting with and for you and your Family Pick. You and your Guitars are a big part of this place, which you know is full of faith prayers and positive thinking for you right now. I noticed you had not posted lately and was getting ready to leave a note on your page like I did for N.kat and JIm recently then saw this and my heart sunk. Keep on the Dr's find your best way forward keep us updated. Positive thinking my Friend for you and your Family

Comment by Uncle John on Friday

Do it Pick!  Prove those quacks wrong!  I'm rooting for you buddy.   Maybe you need to eat more prunes and pickled eggs.  Maybe you need some of my home grown tomatoes!   Thinking of you, friend.

Comment by Derek Rose on Friday

Rooting for you to prove them wrong, Pick. Sorry to hear you have to go through this challenge. Prayers for some positive healing and that you feel better soon as well. Check out Dr. Joel Wallach. He recommends certain foods and minerals to fight cancer and what to avoid. Here is a link to what he recommended to someone with esophageal cancer. He is a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, who strongly supports Dr. Wallach's work.

Dr Joel Wallach short video

Comment by the anonymous pick on Friday

NEW UPDATE .. well ...

Got my results back .. and the  consultation ..

Cancer has spread    to my liver ,  and soft tissue in my back . and lymph-nodes  . cant  operate , incurable ...... gave me a probable 3 months to live . 

Radiation may help with quality of life and keep me home longer , but may not add any time to life expectancy.  but if it goes well i could then try chemo  and maybe extend  it to 6 month to maybe a year .. As of  now . i think i will do the radiation and try  for 3 to 6 months but hope for better and then see if i can handle chemo and maybe get more time.

Wish me luck on proving them ALL  wrong . .

PS...  No matter what happens . plans are in the works for "swamp witch guitars" the name , the brand , and the sound,  to live on through new ownership .  expect an announcement on that  in the near future . ;-) 


Comment by Darryl Tuttle on July 24, 2022 at 1:51pm

Just checking in Pick….wishing you strength 

Comment by the anonymous pick on July 16, 2022 at 11:42pm

Thanx man ;-)

Comment by Myron Joe Hickel on July 16, 2022 at 9:50pm

anonymous pick, thoughts, prayers and cbg strumming will be sent your way.

Comment by the anonymous pick on July 16, 2022 at 7:19pm

Thanx Derek . i'm tryin ;-)

Comment by Derek Rose on July 16, 2022 at 6:45pm

Very sorry to hear about your health, Pick. Prayers for healing and successful treatment for you and your wife. I have read where some people have eaten certain foods and avoided others with the intent to make the body more alkaline and less acidic to make the environment less hospitable to growth of cancer cells. Hopefully the spots on the liver are not related and something normal like benign cysts. Keep positive!

Comment by the anonymous pick on July 15, 2022 at 7:50pm

Thanks Taff ,  always good to hear survivor stories . lol.. i joined an online support group and every single entry in there was a memorial .  so . i promptly gave that up.  and  gonna hope for the best . 

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