Mt. Loretto (1951 - 1957)
Written: February, 2004
was born April 21, 1939 in Long Island, New York. My family later moved to
Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan.
At the age of 12, I became a ward of the state due to my mother's illness and was taken to live at Mt. Loretto along with my brother, Edwin (Ned) Hough. I worked the dairy farm while attending St. Joseph's vocational school as well as Tottenville High School. I made many friends, some of which I still retain a close bond with.
In 1957 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served until 1963 when I became a member of the Baltimore Police Department. I served the City of Baltimore as a patrolman, detective, K9 officer and a tactical squad member.
During this time, I was married, had two daughters and divorced in 1969.
Realizing that single life was not for me, I remarried and moved to Lumberton, North Carolina with my new wife Janice and our daughter, Trina. I have resided in Lumberton with my wife's Lumbee Native American tribal community for over 30 years.
North Carolina, I continued my military career in the reserves while also
employed as an environmental lab technician. I retired from both in 1999.
have lived a blessed life that has been full of happiness, enrichment and
love, but there have also been a few lows.
1992, a simple stress test administered as a requirement for the military
showed I had massive artery blockage. I was rushed to Duke Hospital where
I underwent triple bypass, open-heart surgery. I am happy to report, I
recovered in remarkable time and have had no heart problems since.
problems did arise. In 1998, a PSA test detected prostate cancer that had
come very close to spreading, but was caught just in time to be removed
through a radical prostectomy. I had once again beaten the odds. My
recovery was quick and I was back to my normal activities within weeks. I
was truly blessed because I was told I had cancer and within 2 weeks it was
removed and that was it. It was almost too good to be true.
it was too good to be true. In March, 2003 during a routine colonoscopy,
physicians discovered rectal cancer. Although my family and I were
shocked, we were accustomed to fast recoveries and fantastic results. Why
would this be any different, we hoped optimistically. Because the cancer
was in advanced stages I was treated with chemo and radiation (administered
together on a daily bases). Miraculously, the treatments never made me
sick or fatigued. The doctors were amazed. I was the only patient they
knew that GAINED weight while taking cancer treatments.
next step was to undergo surgery that initially went very well; I was
cancer free. But then there were complications. I had to have several
additional procedures and had to be re-hospitalized on two different
occasions due to infection. I was bed ridden for months and miserable. I
am still recovering, but regain my strength more and more every day. I
have one additional surgery in the near future and should be back to
keep my family and me in your prayers and I look forward to seeing
everyone at the next reunion.
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