So About That Cancer…

Goob Has Hair

Yep, that's a month of hair and a week of beard growth. And the eyebrows are back! I'm thankful for two out of those three.

I'm a private guy by nature. Heck, my sense of humor is a textbook case of having developed as a shielding mechanism. But it feels silly now that I ever debated keeping quiet on my health situation.

I was already in the middle of treatment when I wrote that post. I remember hitting publish then flopping over onto the bed for a smooth 10 hour nap. The next time I loaded HIF, the comment count had skyrocketed into the hundreds and I was shocked. I actually didn't read them. I didn't even look at them. I was terrified there'd be a heavy dose of negativity (I mean, we're talking about anonymous Internet comments here!) and I was already having enough trouble smiling.

The worst period of all occurred a week later when a perfect storm of side effects culminated. For three straight days, my dog and I lied in bed staring at one another, trying to will the other into venturing out to find food. I finally mustered the energy to get out of bed, but the kitchen felt light years away, so I sat down in front of my computer and loaded the comments.

You punks had me crying within minutes.

And that was it. That was the lowest I ever got and everything from there was an improvement. It sounds corny, but knowing I had thousands of complete strangers out there rooting for me was encouraging in a way I'd never thought possible.

Suddenly I wasn't fighting this damn thing alone! I knew my family and friends had my back, but I never expected in a million years that people I'd never met would care as well. Every corner of the globe seemed to have a vested interest in vanquishing my tumors. I got emails from Canada, India, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and countless others. HIF doesn't even post freebies for those countries!

I wasn't able to reply to everyone individually, but I read and appreciated each and every comment and email.

And I'm thrilled to say that I'm now officially in remission.

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but thank you. Y'all were phenomenal to me throughout this and knowing that I didn't have to post freebies every day was a giant load off my back for a few months. So, again, thank you for the kind words and thoughts and prayers and love and every ounce of goodwill channeled in my direction! It made a huge difference and I'll never forget it.

Now go find some turkey, enjoy the day with family and friends, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but thanks for all the warm wishes over the past few days. I took a break from working over the holiday, but my phone kept blowing up with comment notifications on Thanksgiving. Not only did they put me in a extra good mood, but they kept extended family from constantly asking “so when are you going to stop playing on the computer and get a ‘real' job?” Seriously, trying to explain how a website works to somebody who still thinks email technology is on par with time travel is never fun. So thank you!

547 comments on “So About That Cancer…”

  1. I totally pictured you as a chubby guy. Wow, so wrong. You crack wise like one, that’s for sure. Good job on your remission. Now, don’t ever get cancer again! BAD GOOB!

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  2. Glad to hear it! You’ll be glad to know that I am constantly bothering everyone I know with stuff I find on your website.

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  3. You’re awesome! Congrats on remission and stay strong! So happy you’re recovering and things are going well. Happy Holidays! -Lindsay

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  4. when you think about it, “remission” sound like a sequel to mission…which is fairly apropos – blessing to you this holiday season, infinity, and beyond!

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  5. Hooray Goob! So glad to hear you are in remission! I have been a follower of your site for a long time, and thanks to all your amazing hard work, these freebies helped us through tough times (unemployment etc.). I still frequent your site to check out the awesome freebies, and to get a good laugh too – your sens of humour is brilliant. Thanks so much, and soooo happy your are on the mend! πŸ™‚

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  6. ^ I agree with Marjorie. I have found your site to be quite fun
    to visit each day…to see what i’m getting for FREE !!
    Thanks Goob. Keep on choosing life πŸ™‚

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  7. Happy days, Goob! You’re a very special person. HIF has been a daily treat for me since the day I discovered it from a freebie article. The knowledge you share is fun and oh so rewarding. πŸ™‚

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  8. hello I’m from Brazil and visit your site for some time and saw all this happening and I just wanted to tell you one thing, JESUS ??LOVES IT, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FORCE MISSION STILL VERY BEAUTIFUL IN YOUR LIFE, A HUG OF TOM MMIIAAUUUU

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  9. Although I’m a little late to the party, I still wanted to congratulate you all the same. πŸ™‚ I came here for the freebies, but stayed for your sense of humor that keeps me laughing every day. So glad to hear that you’re in remission.

    Cheers,

    B

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  10. I came for the freebies but I stayed for you Goob πŸ™‚ Nice to put a face to the awesome humor that keeps the days lighter. Lookin’ pretty darn sexy too! I don’t know which 2 you’re more fond of but I’m diggin’ your fuzzy head and those are some nice brows. Clean shave is more kissable πŸ˜‰ *muhah*

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  11. I am sooooooooo glad to hear that you beet the cancer. They say positive energy can help you feel better & you have a lot of that coming thru your computer. It’s nice to know that you can help someone you never meet with just a few kind words & thoughts. Thank you for sharing & for the update letting us know that your doing better. Hope 2012 brings you more health, happiness & HIF followers they you know what to do with. Stay strong & thanks for HIF =)

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  12. That is AWESOME, I was so hoping to hear some good news soon! The web is what you make of it, and I’m so happy to see that it’s bringing together us 512 and counting strangers to celebrate this happy day–here’s to many more healthy days and freebies to come!

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  13. Im so very glad to hear that you’re doing better, & kicking that cancers ass! Your awesome, not only have you provided sweet freebies but also made my day as well as many others Im sure, with your funny humor and silly jokes. Keep up the good work and don’t worry about catching every freebie, it’s not like the freebie mob has picked up the pitchforks…yet :p. But Seriously, Thumbs up to you.

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  14. Remission is an AWESOME word!!! Way to go!!! I’ve very happy to hear you’re doing better! I know how it is to lose your hair it SUCK! I had surgery last year and my long red hair started falling out. I tried everything, it’s coming back but still thin. That’s OK having less hair beat the heck out of being six feet under. I wish you and your Dog all the best. You CAN beat Cancer!!! All the best for you and your this Holiday Season πŸ™‚

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  15. Such wonderful news!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!! I have been wondering how you were doing. So glad that you are better πŸ™‚ Thank you for your hard work on here. I love your site!!!

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  16. Congratulations on being in remission. Thanks for sharing the new hair style with us – you are really an inspiration to us all. Hope 2012 is your best year ever!

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  17. I was wondering how you were doing! Thank you for the update! So glad to hear that you are out of the woods and hope you never go back there again! You are awesome!!!

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  18. I am so happy for your news. I cant say I understand how scared & alone you truly felt. But, my honey had cancer twice, and my mom has been fighting a downhill battle for three years and she is only 47. So I will keep my prayers with you and thank you so much for all of your freebies you post. They had tremendously benefited my life. The economy is so tough right now.

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  19. Glad for your happy news, we were all pulling for you via this crazy internet! Stay strong we need your witt and humor in this world. (and I need free shampoo yet again..)

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  20. HOORAY! ((: hooray for cancer-free cells, hooray for beard, hooray for hair, hooray for eyebrows! <3 i knew you could beat that cancer! πŸ™‚

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  21. Now THAT is the best Christmas present ever. Can’t get that under the tree or from Santa’s lap… although…. you can get lots of other things from Santa’s lap, but that’s a whole other story. Congratulations! πŸ˜€

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  22. Hi I hope you stay well. Fish oil might help too. Get well soon. Looking good. We all would miss you. Stay strong for us. Take good care.

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  23. I am very Happy for you and to hear that its in remission!! Hey man, I appreciate all that you do and have done but your health is definitely 1st! Once you grow the UniBrow, then we can discuss eyebrows!

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  24. I only discovered your website about two weeks ago cause I want free stuff and going back through some posts found what you have been going through…with an amazing amount of humor and an inspiring outlook! It’s great to hear how well you are doing and your eyebrows are very impressive. Best wishes!

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  25. Congrats on this great news! I also was moved by the amount of support from people I barley or didn’t know when I went through something similar in my life; it is such a wonderful feeling. Keep doing what you are doing, all of my friends are always jealous to see my freebies in my purse and I tell them about the wonderful thing you have going on with HIF! πŸ™‚

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  26. I am so very glad to hear that you are in remission. I will keep a good thought that it stays that way – permanently! Hang in there. And know that even tho we may all be “virtual” friends here, your have tons of “virtual” good kharma coming your way!

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  27. Very happy you are back and on your feet. Not from cancer, but from another serious issue, I have been down where I thought i was done also. I don’t have my own website, but internet alone helped me, as I was just introduced to FB and it was great therapy to tell my story, and as you said have support, even if they weren’t there with me.
    Remember, you are loved, for more than just your power to share freebies and save money. Even tho I use yoru site for both, you help me with my strength. I cannot work, therefore feel sometimes as I cant contribute to my family enough. I don’t earn money, BUT I was introduced to your site along with a few others by a very good friend. Couponing and freebies and saving money is not only my contribution to my family, but it is my therapy as well.
    SO thank you for everything.
    Wonderful to hear about the remission, but even so, never feel you HAVE to post, if you are down, or low on energy, or just plain feeling blah–take a day off. People understand. You have a life, and sometimes it steers you away for awhile, whose life doesn’t do that to them?
    Smiles to you! and THANKS AGAIN!

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  28. I am so happy you are feeling a little better, I totally know what you are going through, just hang in there things will be just fine, you have a great attitude about it!

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  29. Hey Goob, I’m an occasional visitor to the site and somehow must have missed the original post (which I read today) about your health. It’s so amazing to hear you are in remission and that the power of knowing you aren’t alone can have such an impact on one’s perspective. I don’t know you and am another stranger passing through but I wish you the best and many happy years to come. Its also a peaceful feeling for me to know that there are so many kind and compassionate people left out there that will stand by a complete stranger and be there for support so I stand along with them and support you and your triumphs in overcoming your cancer = ) Hope you have a WONDERFUL Holiday season and many more………..

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  30. Everything happens for a reason…Prayers help the most!!!

    Glad to hear youre in good spirits and no better time for it….Happy Holidays πŸ˜‰

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  31. So Happy to hear about your update! The power of positive thinking!

    With all the enjoyment you bring us, with your witty posts- it is the least we can do. Here’s to a great year ahead!

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  32. That is FANTASTIC!!!! Now you had ME crying…seriously, it doesn’t take much. I cry at that Folgers commercial where the brother comes home and the sister sticks a bow on him and says “you’re my Christmas present this year.”

    I guess when people read something as opposed to just hearing it, it somehow resonates with us. Reading the words that someone took the time to write and the confession of cancer touched us all. Honestly, shouldn’t we be that way everyday, anyway?? I will continue to pray for you and as Becca stated (#468), hope your 2012 is HEALTHY and prosperous!

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  33. It is weird to feel connected to anonymous people you don’t know, but when I first read your post about your cancer treatment, I was surprised at how much I cared! Even though I only know you from your lame jokes on the random freebies, I was still worried and hoped and wished you the best. I am so glad to hear that you are in remission. I’m sure it has been a long and tortuous journey, the depths of which I hope to never experience, but I am glad that you shared some of it with us, your hiffers. Hoping 2012 is healthy and prosperous for you!

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  34. From one survivor to another:

    What an incredible roller coaster of emotions having cancer is. So happy to hear that you’re in remission and hoping it stays that way πŸ™‚

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  35. Your post just made my day! All the best on the road to recovery – and thank you for your blog – I read it daily and recommend it to friends.

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  36. Such wonderful news!!!!!! I’m so glad to hear you are doing well and in remission! Praise God! We’ve all been worried about you and praying for you. Take care!

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  37. YAY!!!! I am sooooo excited for you and yours. I enjoy this website more than any of the other ‘freebie’ blogs!! In fact, I only go to 3 bloggin websites that deal with living life on the cheap. And you my friend…are by far…the most random, intelligent and open minded. I think your pretty freaking awesome!!!!

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  38. August 31 my heart stopped in my sleep. I am 30 years old. No cardiac history, no medications. I don’t smoke or drink. I run 5miles 3x a week. Healthy, happy mom of 2. I just died. I was lucky to have someone beside me who was awake, and knew what to do. Call 911, CPR. I am here today. Like you I know what it is like to stare death in the face. I spent 9 days in CCU, I have a pacemaker/defibrillator since no one can figure out why I died. I now live each and every day like it may be my last. After reading your story I am glad to know there are other people cheating death too. I may not have been cursed with cancer, but I feel we are in the same club. Tomorrow you will be here to post and I will be here to read. XOXO

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  39. I knew that all our preyers would work!!!! This is great news Goob hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And i will keep saying those preayers for you. Your the best Goob!!!

    We all love you.
    Debbie

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  40. Congratulations on being in remission. I wish you continued success in your treatment. Here’s wishing you a HEALTHY and happy holiday season, surrounded by family and friends.

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  41. Excellent news!! Definitely brought a smile to my face. You will be fine with your great attitude and sense of humor! Congrats and best wishes!

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  42. Congrats on the good news! I recently shared the link to the Birthday Freebie list in my local newspaper, so you might get a hundred or more new HIFfers. Thanks for everything you do. Good luck, Goob. πŸ˜€

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  43. Thank you for sharing your progress. You have more fans than you know and not everyone will comment. I am not one to reply to most things but I want you to know that the power of prayer is a powerful tool.
    May you be blessed with good health and many friends. Stay strong and be happy.
    Thank you for all you do.

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  44. So very, very good to hear. Keep your spirits where they’re at and your health will follow along! Thanks for the HIF’s, but more importantly, thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of us.

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  45. It’s great to hear you are on the road to recovery. I only discovered your website a short time ago and have put you at the top of my favorites and check it everyday. Have a great Holiday Season and stay well…the world needs all the folks like you it can get!!!! πŸ™‚

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  46. See ! We knew you could do it! Keep it up and keep positivie. Cancer can go suck another egg somewhere else! *doing lil dance* You’re cancer free, and keep it that way. πŸ˜‰ Happy holidays and way to go!

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  47. I’ve been on FB too long…I looked all over for the “like” button, and couldn’t find it! Glad to hear you’re in remission. πŸ™‚

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  48. Yea Goob! Thank God. What wonderful, happy news! You’re great sense of humor blesses all of us who read your stuff! Feel loved my friend, cause you are!

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  49. Wow–news for which to be thankful! Thank you for sharing your personal story and letting us into your life, Goob. Keep up with the healing and the wickedly wonderful humour. God bless you.

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  50. congrats on the remission-keep on going strong. totally crack up at your posts, and i am glad you shared just so we could send good thoughts and wishes out to you. now-continue your road to recovery and search for freebies and silly posts to share.

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  51. That is great news to hear!! You are such a brave man and should be proud of all of your accomplishments despite your illness! I enjoy your website and am thrilled to hear you are in remission. I also am a supporter of the american cancer society and try to help anyone with cancer that I come across in my personal life. So happy for you! Keep your head up! You look great!

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  52. you know what, I didn’t even know you had cancer. But I am so glad that you are in remission!!! I am a very strong supporter of the American Cancer Society because I know that they help fund the research that helps people like you survive! EVIL disease…. lets keep beating it!

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  53. That is wonderful news! The big ‘C’ has hit a lot of friends over the years. Remisson is such a wonderful word. Keep smiling! xoxo

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  54. I hadnt been checking HIF for a couple months so I didnt know πŸ™ I’m glad youre recovering and I’ll check in more often now! You’ll be in my prayers πŸ™‚

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  55. Let me be number 412 to wish you congratulations on your good health and your hair growth! Glad we could be there for you when you needed us. Such good news!

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  56. So glad to hear that you are doing better! Thanks for sharing your story, that takes a lot of courage, which you obviously have. Wish you all best and hope you continue to heal. God bless!

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  57. I am so happy for your remission. I prayed for you, as others have, upon reading about your plight. Praise God for his blessing! You are not alone. You have so many of “friends” that are here for you. If ever you are in need, all you have to do is reach out to us. We will be here for you.

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  58. Glad to hear you are doing better. You are so much stronger than you credit yourself. Keep up the healthy attitude and continue overcoming the challenges. Thank you for sharing your adorable personality and fun finds with us.

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  59. I’m so glad to hear you’re in remission. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through, but I know you are stronger for it. Keep your head up!

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  60. What awesome news! We are not strangers on this site – we are all on a few common missions in life: check out HIF to see what cute posts Goob has to offer, see what offers Goob has run across, and pray and wait for the day we get the ‘I.m in remission’ post’. I am sooooooooooooo happy for you dear friend. It has been a hard long road but all of your followers are with you. We love you and pray for you. Keep up the good work.

    Susie

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  61. I am soooo happy for you!!!! What incredible news! Hang in there and keep us posted, ok? Your positive sense of humor is awesome! love ya and will keep you in my prayers! πŸ™‚

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  62. Great to read! I am so happy for you. Brave soul too to put your picture up here for us anonymous internet users to pick apart! lol But you look pretty great!

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  63. I am really thrilled to hear the good news! Thanks so much for letting us know, I’ve been wondering how you were doing! I never miss your blog, if only for the humor! the freebies are secondary! thanks for sharing the great news!

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  64. Awesome news! I am very glad to hear that you are in remission and I say a prayer that you will stay that way. Happy Holidays and now they will be even better! Congratulations!

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  65. With the greatest of Happiness. I am glad to hear of your recovering. Baby steps and you’ll be bouncing back in no time. Congrats and happy holidays to you from mine.

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  66. Yaaaay, re: remission! So glad to hear it. Be strong and thank YOU for everything – that stream of oddities that gets delivered under a pseudonym to my home just about daily.

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  67. Oh I am SOOOO happy to hear this! You are such an amazing person and so strong and inteligent, I am estatic that you are getting better. Goob, you inspire me! Thank you for absolutely everything.

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  68. Oh Goob! This is fantastic news. I kept telling my friends today about “this guy, he has this website and i get free stuff, and he’s in remission, well no i don’t actually know him, but-” πŸ™‚ I’m just so happy! Please keep us, your HIF family, informed of your amazing progress. In a world where we are inundated with trivial facts about people’s lives, you are an exception. Love always-

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  69. CONGRATULATIONS GOOB!!!!! So happy to hear that most wonderful word remission. I lost my father to lung cancer two years ago, and it is a most wonderful thing to hear that you have won in beating cancer. Three cheers to you and continued good health. May God continue to bless you with good health.

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  70. I am so glad you are doing well! Your spirit and humor are so inspiring. Thank you for your wonderful website and I hope you had a spectacular Thanksgiving!

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  71. My family and I are glad that you are getting better. We should all be thankful for each day that we can wake up and breathe. Take care of yourself!!!

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  72. Hi Goob! It’s fantastic that you are in remission! I was saddened when you first shared your story with us, and you have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since (in a non-stalkeresque way, of course). Please take care of yourself, and hope you and your family enjoy the happiest of holidays.

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  73. I thank you for all the free stuff you find for us all. My wife is now 10 years cancer free! God had a plan for her life and one for yours too!

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  74. So happy to read you’re in remission. I enjoy this website and also your comments. They put a smile on my face. I’m rooting for ya kid

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  75. So glad to hear the good news, and so happy you are well again. You are so much fun, I don’t want to give you a big head but you are the first and last thing I do on the puter. So happy for U

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  76. Thank you for sharing your world with us. Sending you warm thoughts and continued blessings of health. Truly a happy thanksgiving!
    p.s. your website is as helpful as it is hilarious! Ty for all that you do.

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  77. YAY!!! I’m happy to hear you’re better!!! πŸ˜€
    Like someone said, Strangers or not, we’re all in this thing together!
    SO thank YOU for always sharing your thoughts, freebies, & sarcasm with us… and everything else πŸ™‚ You’ve got some really crazy-amazing wit & humor paired with nice writing skills (I must confess this post both made me teary-eyed & laugh). Well, thanks again & Happy Holidays! Take care; I’ll keep you in my thoughts & prayers.
    P.S. I wonder what emoticon thing I’ll get…it’s hilarious when someone’s comment totally DOESNT match the polygon next to it XD

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  78. I can’t say anything different than anyone else has–just adding my 2 cents to the crowd to say congrats at the good new and thanks for sharing with us all. You have a lot of people on your side! Stay well!

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  79. So glad to hear the good news. Happy for your improving health and I hope that you continue on this track and have a great holiday with family and friends!

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  80. SO glad to hear that you are in remission!! And congrats on the hair growth, kinda funny to say to someone, but congrats nonetheless. I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome and we are excited to hear you are better!

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  81. So great to hear, Goob! I was just wondering about how you were doing a few days ago, and being able to read an update like this is great! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

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  82. So glad to here things are going well. While, technically, we are “strangers”, I think all of us here feel like we know you a bit and we all wish you well. This is an awesome thing you do here, and we really appreaciate your effort. Hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

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  83. Hey!!!!!
    I am BEYOND super stoked that your hair is growing back! That’s awesome! I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and keep fighting. Being in remission is such a blessing.We’re praying and thinking of you here in Ohio! πŸ™‚

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  84. Thanks for the update. I’m so happy you’re officially in remission….no better place to be now. You’re still in my prayers. You’re awesome for all you do for us out here in cyberspace.

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  85. You deserve the best Goob- so glad you are in remission! You make me laugh all the time with your crazy posts! I’m glad you had your pup there to veg out with you when you were at your worst!

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  86. You just made me cry by posting that you’re in remission. I’m so thankful for HIF and all that you guys do. Keep up the great work and the positive attitude πŸ™‚ YOU ROCK GOOB!!

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  87. Hang in there! My Dad in the hospital fighting cancer. but he is gonna pass away now soon. I know its hard but u have to think positive. I’m glad ur in remission and I absolutely love ur website.

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  88. OUTSTANDING!!!! Congratulations on being in remission.. Keep fighting and just know that you are never alone! You can look to your fans, family, and friends for support anytime!

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  89. CONGRATS on being in remission – you are looking GREAT!! Hubby is almost 6 years in remission so I know the journey you have been has been long and painful. If you need ANYTHING feel free to hit me up w/ e-mail or friend me on facebook. I’m so HAPPY for you and keep up the fight!!! Happy THANKSgiving πŸ™‚

    Erin

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  90. I’m so happy to hear you’re in remission, Goobiekins! It’s such a blessing to know that you’ve touched people virtually, as well as physically and financially… you definitely have found your life’s vision and I know I, personally appreciate you! I’m praying for your health

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  91. Congratulations on beating cancer! I just found this website and now I love it even more knowing who is behind it, and all you have gone through. You look great!

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  92. YAY for you!!!! That’s awesome! And sometimes people can actually be nice, it’s sad that we can’t expect that anymore, but it sure does help when they are! Happy Thanksgiving and CONGRAT-U-FREAKIN-LATIONS!!!

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  93. I’m so glad you posted your picture. I knew you would be as cute as your humor made you sound. I am so happy for you and will continue to send positive vibes your way, and thank you for all the work you do finding these freebie offers. I love it!! It’s like getting a present in the mail.

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  94. Thanks again for sharing your story. Please know you have a huge fan club of folks who appreciate what you do for us. These comments are probably just a small sampling of the countless people you have helped, entertained, or both. I’m so glad to hear you’re in remission.

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  95. That is great news Goob!! I know what you mean about the side affects! I went through a entire year of chemo and it was the worst year of my life. Im am glad to hear that you made it through yours and I am looking forward to many more years of reading your blog. And thank you for all that you do so that we can get a few freebies everyday!! πŸ™‚

    See not all anonymous inter-net comments are mean!

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  96. Woohoo! Praise God for healing! Thanks for sharing your great news, and fun pic! Your humor is a gift–keep up the good work! Wags to your pooch too for being a faithful friend.

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  97. I never read about your problem to start with but I will say I have enjoyed my daily messages from Goob for several months now. I knew I liked you and now I know why–you are a cool guy!

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  98. good for you good sir! your hair, beard and eyebrows look great. glad the big R now applies to you. As Kojak would say, “who loves ya baby?” we do!

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  99. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Flails arms* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations That is absolutely brilliant news! I’m so happy for you! And your dog sounds like a really good friend. πŸ™‚

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  100. This is the best freebie posting of all! So happy you are in remission! I have been so thankful for all the work you have done on this website. It has been fun and your posts always put a smile on my face. Thank you so much. You are a blessing to us all.

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  101. That is wonderful! So glad you have something EXTRA to be Thankful for this year AND you got an early Christmas present πŸ™‚ Hope you continue to improve and stay in remission forever! Happy Holidays.

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  102. You gave us fans of HIF a great Thanksgiving gift with your new of remission!! Love your wit and your strength throughout this very difficult time in your life and your attitude, finding positive through the negative. Have a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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  103. That is GREAT news!!!! You’ve been in our thoughts and prayers. So happy to hear that you are in remission. You don’t have to meet someone to feel empathy for someone. πŸ™‚

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  104. Okay, be honest, Goob. That’s a month’s worth of beard growth.

    But seriously, that’s awesome news! I know we’re all so glad to hear that. I’m sure my brother hasn’t read this yet, I’m gonna send this to him right now!

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  105. Great and wonderful news Goob! Been prayin’ for you! We are with you,whether we ever all meet or not. You never know if the person you smile and nod hello to just might be us! Keep smiling friend and we will keep praying you stay healthy!

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  106. That’s the greatest news ever! A positive outlook is one of a person’s best defenses aginst illness! You’re lookin’ good, keep it up.

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  107. OMG Goob! I got up this morning to go to work and saw this post and it’s made my day! πŸ˜€ I am so happy that you are feeling better and you’re out of the woods.

    I was sad when I read your first post about having cancer not just because of the news but because you had clearly been dealing with it for awhile already. No one should have to carry that burden on their own; we may be people on the internet you’ll never meet, but we *are* people, and we want to help you when you are going through tough times. We all have them, but I hope yours is now over for good. πŸ™‚

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  108. Hello beautiful boy – your fabulous news makes me smile, makes all of us smile. You are one courageous dude. Finding solace in a group of strangers is a unique phenomenon. You have more people thinking about you than you know. This is definitely a Thanksgiving you’ll remember. Thank you for all you do for us Hiffers!

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  109. Fantastic! I can always count on you to start my day out right. Thanks for coming through once again with this being the best “bring on the day” start yet. So happy for you πŸ™‚

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  110. Congratulations!! So glad to hear you are in remission, what a great word, right? We all have something to be grateful for this year, and some of us have more than others. You’re positive attitude is an inspiration to all of us who have ever had to face a health crisis. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

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  111. Congratulations!!! Keep up the good fight, and yes, there are a lot of people rooting for your good health, and that’s awesome news you’re in remission.

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  112. great for you. keep up the faith in healing. the mind is a great thing in the healing process, as well as doctors and technology, so never let anyone tell you that you cant make it. i am a r.n. and have worked with cancer/hospice pts. life is precious, yours is needed by many. love your site, remember us HIFfers need you, as well as does your family.

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  113. How wonderful!!! What great news. Thank You soooooo much for sharing everything with us. I cant even imagine what you have been going thru. Im glad to finally see what this guy looks like….what a hottie you are by the way. To bad I wasnt younger!!!

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  114. Well first off thanks for sharing your story πŸ™‚ I know how hard it is to reach out when all you want to do is just lay in bed and be left alone.

    Also thanks for the Freebies πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll be sharing them with us for years to come πŸ™‚

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  115. Oh Goob, I am so very happy for you. Prayers answered. Everyone I know has been touched by cancer. You are never alone in this. Praying for continued good health. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  116. Great News–what a wonderful post for “Thanksgiving” I enjoy reading (and giggling) at your posts as much as I love getting free stuff. I have been told of some other websites to check out, but yours is just too entertaining. It is part of my daily routine-I look forward to checking my inbox for my daily e-mail.

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  117. Congrats…thought about you often and wished you you would be telling us soon “I am in remission”.
    Hope you enjoyed your Turkey Day…
    Thanks for all you do for us.

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  118. Really happy for you. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the time and effort you put into this site. (and for calling that rude person a c*&#. Even if you did delete it, I enjoyed it and she deserved it.)

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  119. Hey Goob, that’s great news! So happy for you. Thanks for sharing your story and for all the cool freebies. (and make sure that hair doesn’t start growing our your ears or nose!)

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  120. Thanks for giving ALL of us another reason to be thankful today, wishing you lots of love and happiness for the rest of your life (a rewarding long life). You deserve every well wish you’ve gotten, you make ALL of us smile everyday, THANK YOU!

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  121. What a wonderful Thanksgiving for you!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful freebies and websites, but most of all for your humor!
    A positive attitude makes all of the difference!!!!!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

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  122. Looking good! Remission is a wonderful thing and we’re glad you’ll be around for many more thanksgivings. Provided you avoid any horrible freebie-related accidents, of course. Congratulations!

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  123. Goob,
    You make me laugh. You make me cry. You are one of a kind. I am so happy to hear you are in remission.

    This is my first Thanksgiving without my son. He left last week for basic training. I was so sad today and thinking only about myself, about how lost and lonely I feel. Then I read your post and realized there is so much I have to be thankful for. Thank you for that.

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  124. I wasn’t going to go to this site today being a holiday, but something kept telling me to check any way..What an amazing surprise and something to be thankful for…I will still keep you in my prayers and way to go on being stronger than cancer…

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  125. Awesome news!!!! You’ve been in my prayers as well & I’m so glad to hear that the R word applies to you!!! (No, not that R word…. um, the other one….)

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  126. So very glad you shared your good news with us. You’ve been in my prayers. Maybe it seems kind of dorky to pray for someone I don’t know, but I’ve appreciated your humor at times when I was down, so I was glad to be able to do something for you. Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving!

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  127. Freebie addicted to Goob: thanks for all your freebies posted and CONGRATULATIONS to your REMISSION!!!! Thanks for sharing this positive news on Thanksgiving!

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  128. HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOPE U ENJOYED IT WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE U,,, U WILL BE ADDED TO MY PRAYERS EACH DAY AND NITE! GOD BLESS U ! KEEP UP THE FAITH, AND NEVER GIVE UP.. TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND ENJOY LIFE AND SMILE! BE HAPPY AND SAFE ..GOD AND THE ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER YOU ! PEACE..TAKE GOOD CARE

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  129. Congratulations!!!! This is some seriously awesome news!!! Im very grateful for all you do with your site, it is really a bright spot on the internet. Thank you so much!!! I’ll be praying for you still.

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  130. Awesome!
    I’m coming up on 2 years next month.
    I have 2 years of hair growth – no beard, though, but my hair came back in darker and curly. Yours might be different too – you’ll have to wait and see. πŸ™‚

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  131. Yay Goob! That’s great news! You make me smile every day and I’m grateful to you for that. Sending you hugs and love and my very best wishes for continued good health!

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  132. Goob: Absolutely delighted to hear the good news, but it doesn’t appear as if the doctors were able to do anything about your looks. πŸ™‚
    You hang tough, buddy, and remember there are thousands of us out here thinking about you and sending you positive vibes and good karma. Thanks for the website and all the freebies, it means a lot to us.

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  133. So very happy for you and your family! Happy turkey and your good news made my day a little brighter. I’m sure we are all delighted that we could make you smile just like your corny little jokes make us all smile.

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  134. Kick cancer’s ass! From one survivor to another, I PROMISE you the day will come when it is not the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning. And then, the day will come when you don’t think about it at all. We all have your back, buddy!

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  135. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Goob you are the funniest guy and I am so glad to hear that you are well and it was nice to see your face so that we could see what you look like I did not realize that you were so young though!!!
    God bless you and thanks for al the work that you do on your website!!

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  136. Praise God you are in remission. I am so happy for you. I wish you continued good health and good luck. Thank you for this good news on Thanksgiving!

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  137. Goob…Congrats on your wonderful news!!! Your post had me tearing up, like many others have already stated. Much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day, both for you and us, as hard-core Goob-fans. And I gotta tell ya’, those are some killer eyebrows you got goin’ for ya; to top it off, you’re a major cutie-patootie, to boot! Best Blessings to you. Stay well & happy, from M-M-M-Minnesota

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  138. Haa haaa now U R going to get a gazzillion replies. Yeah U beat that CA…good work & U keep strong. Thanks sooo much for thinking of us & giving us an update & good no great news it is. Have a wonderful holiday season. Aloha

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  139. Glad your doing well. Now try not to over eat your dinner. I will keep my eyes on you. And never leave us. I love this site way to much and your always funny about the free stuff.

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  140. Goob…you are loved! Congrats, dude! That is totally awesome news and something to be thankful for. I hope you had some tasty Turkey today.{{hugs}}

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  141. Congratulations and I’m really glad you shared your Thanksgiving with all of us. The fact that your followers helped you “over the hump” in your treatment and made the road to recovery a little brighter is truly refreshing. Continued thoughts and prayers for a healthy future

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  142. Happy Thanksgiving & congrats on your remission. This is wonderful news….. You are reaping the benefits that we all receive from your site. Continued blessings…

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  143. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!!
    My husband beat colon cancer and he’s been showing no signs now for a year and a half!!!
    See, good things DO come to those in need!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  144. YAY!!!!!

    Rooting for you, praying for you, and now CELEBRATING with you! Just know how much your words make ME smile…if we can do the same for you, THAT’S friendship!!!!

    HaPpY ThAnKsGiViNg, FRIEND!!!!!

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  145. Congratulations Goob!!! Each day and especially today, I am thankful to have been blessed with wonderful doctors and modern medicines to get us better. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a BIG THANK YOU for sharing this; THE BEST FREEBIE EVER!!!!

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  146. You punk had me getting teary eyed with happiness reading your post πŸ˜‰ ha-ha!! I’m so happy to read this!! Continue to get better and stronger and the prayers will continue from here for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

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  147. Congratulations, keep up the good work! We will continue to pray for you ( cause remember everyone, hey, prayers are free too!!) and we know your positive attitude will get you through. Thanks for sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving message. Looking foward to your humor in 2012 and beyond. Go Knights.

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  148. YAY so glad to hear this!! Best Thanksgiving news I’ve heard by far.
    Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to you and your family. πŸ™‚

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  149. * * * YAY GOOB!!!! * * *

    SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

    Wow, I am a private guy myself, so I know the kinda balls that took to open up like that.

    YOU ROCK GOOD, AND YOU LOOK GREAT!

    *hugz*

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  150. What a Thanksgiving! Great to hear you’re in remission; keep up the good work.

    I showed this to my friend. He’s 40 and just had a double mastectomy. Yeah guys get breast cancer too πŸ™

    He started chemo a couple weeks ago and is really bummed. Your picture was truly worth a thousand words for him. Thanks so much.

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  151. Congrats Goob! I think about you periodically wondering how you are doing so I am so pleased to read your update and to see your smiling face! Thanks for all that you do and here’s to an awesome 2012!

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  152. That is such wonderful news. I am thankful for your recovery. Thank you for the work you put into this site. I wish and pray for continued healing for you.

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  153. Very glad to be one of the hundreds of people to hear the best news that anyone can get! From our family to you Happy thanksgiving! Tons of hugs sent your way!

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  154. Everyones prayers must have been heard. Love is meant to be shared and I’m glad everyone shared with you! Thanks for sharing your new picture.

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  155. So very happy to hear you’re doing well! Great! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m not a religious person,but I do believe a prayer does help!Now we’re looking forward to some good freebies so get your butt in gear! LOL

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  156. Love ya Goob! <3

    Just wanted to share how you've help me:
    I moved from the US to southern Europe exactly a year ago. To make a long story short, I was near destitute, living with other people, no job, no car, no home of my own, my mom sending me her last 20 bucks every other week or so. Since then I got a job and things have improved greatly. Having these freebies not only helped me save money (I have more 3 ounce bottles of body wash than I know what to do with!) but they gave me a little something to look forward too, as lame as that sounds. I had my mom send them to me when a bunch started piling up.

    Sooooooo…thank you Goob. We're all with you.

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  157. Congratulations! πŸ™‚ I dont really post much on the comments, but this post really excited me! I pray for your well being and continued enjoyment in remission! πŸ™‚

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  158. lookin’ good!! awesome new on your remission… and i’m glad you realized that we were never alone in your experience. sometimes complete strangers are one of the strongest supports. πŸ™‚

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  159. I really enjoyed reading this post. I just recently started getting the newsletter and I didn’t know about your cancer, so it was a pleasant surprise to read that today you are in remission. When I was in high school, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I struggled to talk about it because I am also a very private person. I am now in college and I still don’t find it easy to talk about, but it is amazing how talking about it and knowing you have people who love and support you helps so much. My mom is also in remission and I am so thankful. I admire your strength and pray for continued healing. Thanks for sharing, it is definitely a happy Thanksgiving!

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  160. What wonderful news! Congratulations on your remission. I pray that it never returns. I want you to know how much I love HIF. It is the first site I look at every morning. I consider myself a highly skilled freebie finder and your site is by far the best one out there! Happy Thanksgiving.
    Heidi, a big HIF fan

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  161. I have been wondering how you were doing. I am sooooo glad you are getting better. It is a wonderful thing to know what positive words can do for someone, even from strangers. Thank you for all you do!!

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  162. WOOT! That is truly wonderful news to read this Thanksgiving Day. Hiffers have prayed for you Goob, and we have traveled in this journey with you along the way. Thank you for all you do, and I’m so happy to hear that you have won the good fight! God bless!

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  163. Yayyyy!!! That is wonderful news! May you continue to get better and better. Way to kick cancer’s a$$!! Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

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  164. Yeah! Good news to hear. Didn’t know you were such a cutie! All the young girls will be after you now that you got your hair back. πŸ˜‰ j/k
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all!:)

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  165. I’m so happy for you Goob! Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful you are better, and I found your website to brighten my each and every week with something I got free in the mail!

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  166. What a wonderful thing to read on a day when we all try to remember how thankful we are and the many blessings we have…if we just look around us. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us and I will continue to send good wishes and prayers your way.

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  167. From one survivor to another, just wanna say thanks again for sharing your story Goob, and so glad to hear that you are cancer-free…one more reason to be thankful. Be blessed and take care of YOU! I appreciate all that you do for us Hiffers.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    God is good all the time!

    Denise

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  168. Happy Thanksgiving & I’m so glad to hear you’re beating the devil called cancer. “By His stripes, you are healed”. I declare it over you & speak blessings into your life. God Bless you & I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

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  169. So I’m guessing this means you won’t be going to next year’s halloween party disguised as David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth lol πŸ™‚ Glad to hear the news, Goob πŸ™‚

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  170. LOVE YA GOOB! SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOU’RE IN REMISSION! AHHHHHHHHH!!!

    You’re amazing and don’t you forget it. Way to show that damn cancer who’s boss! You’re a lucky man my friend and the whole hiff community has your back. I hope you have the happiest of Thanksgiving!

    loud cheers, extreme leaps of joy, and support from NYC πŸ˜€

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  171. Hi Goob…I’ve been Hiffing for a while now but seldom comment…today is different…I am so very happy for you!! Sending good thoughts and wishes your way this day and in the days to come!!!
    Regards from another dog lover!

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  172. I woke up this Thanksgiving and, as usual, took a few minutes to wish good blessings on those I knew might not be having a great day today–Goob, you were on my list–so I am now just saying WOW, this is so great, I am SO THANKFUL! To whoever is running the Big Show, Thank you thank you thank you for this great news!

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  173. Glad to hear things are looking up. I prefer your sarcastic freebies over the lame sites out there.

    Now time to get those eyebrows waxed. It’s a good time – I swear. ; )

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  174. God answers prayer! So thankful this day and every day for your remission! What a great gift! Still praying for you! Happy Thanksgiving! Give dog a pat & a treat for me! : )

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  175. Goob, you rock. My heart breaks to hear of what you went through (both with the previous post and this one). Glad we were of some comfort to you. May the next year KEEP you in good health. Keep up the good work!

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  176. fuck you… cancer! haha

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re in remission and that you’re doing better. πŸ˜› I actually just watched 50/50 yesterday and thought it was a beautiful film with a great ending. You should definitely check it out when you have time. <3

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  177. Thank god your getting better now (: my mom at the moment has breast cancer lever 3 that spread to her stomach, bones, and arm. But she is getting better and is going through radiation (‘:

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  178. Hey man. i am very happy to hear that you are getting better!. Great news! Hope you and your family have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving and life!
    Happy Holidays!.
    PS..you look a tad like Dr. House!

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  179. you’re welcome goob. as soon as I got the e~mail yesterday, I knew I just had to forward it to my favorite freebie site. & congrats on the remission news. I knew you could beat it if anyone could. great job~!

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  180. Remission is such a beautiful word when you get to use it on yourself! Congratulations! Fingers and toes crossed that your healing continues and the memory of your 3-day lie-in becomes so distant you aren’t really sure if it happened. πŸ™‚

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  181. Congratulations!
    Keep resting, keep being kind to yourself and live life! And don’t lose that sense of humor. That’s the healthiest thing anyone can have-the ability to laugh.
    Prayers for continued success and health!

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  182. I’m happy to hear that you’re in remission! Thanks for this amazing site, and I hope you, too, will have a wonderful Thanksgiving! =]

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  183. Congrats Goob!!!! You have made my day with this amazing news!!! I will continue to pray for you and will say my thanks to the lord for your healing!!!

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  184. GOOB!! Best news ever!! YAYYYYYY!!!It’s so nice to know that the wit is coming back to HIF. I am so glad to hear that you are doing better! Continue to take it easy!!

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  185. Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving! Whenever you have a hard time smiling, no matter the reason, just remember that you have many supporters and many people that care about you. We are all very happy for you!

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  186. And now you have us crying…what a beautiful post.
    Congratulations, that is wonderful news. I am so happy for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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  187. I am so happy that you are in remission!! That actually just made my thanksgiving better. It’s because of you that I smile everyday, due to your sense of humor for HIF. I thank you for that. You look great already! I am also dealing with an illness but mine is unfortunately not curable and has only a slight chance of going into a “remission” type state so you help to keep me upbeat for a while and of course, the freebies don’t hurt either πŸ™‚ As soon as I see a new post, first thing I do is look to see who is the publisher and if I see GOOB then I read on but if it’s Adam (no offense) I skip to the freebie. Lol It’s just not the same unless I’m reading from Goob!!! Well enjoy your TurkeyDay and rest of the weekend and please know that we are clearly all rooting for you and it has paid off. Well done Goob. Congrats to you πŸ™‚

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