Betsy and I are very concerned about your father, but if anyone can beat cancer (and many people do), Bob can!
Betsy and I stayed with Bob and Gita a few months ago in Santa Cruz and had a wonderful time. Both of Janine's parents are major characters; I can see where she gets her creativity and indomitable spirit. Do you have any stories about your father that you're willing to share, Janine?
Keep us all posted. I'm sure I speak for all Archipelagoans when I say our best wishes are with you.