A Few Words About My Boy, Travis

A Few Words About My Boy, Travis

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Design is on the back burner this month. My main focus the past six weeks has been my son Travis and his health. Since finding out in early March that he had a neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas, we have been closely involved in the medical steps leading up his eight hour surgery April 17th to remove the tumor and parts of surrounding organs. After a six day hospital stay, he is home and recovering fairly nicely. So we can once again get back to watching our son live his new dreams working in the OHSU Primate Lab after returning to school and getting his degree in Microbiology from PSU last year.

So, to Travis, my amazing son and one of the best friends a man could have, I’m so proud of the courage and spirit you showed through all the process so far, and I’m sure you will have learned more from this than most would with your scientific curiosity. All the new research you’ve done for yourself will probably trigger some new interests. Here’s to you, my son. You are the best!

To Kris, Travis’  loving wife, and our dear daughter-in-law, thank you for everything you are to him, and to us. We love you so much. And aren’t we all lucky that you happen to be an ICU nurse who has worked and is returning to work at the hospital of his surgery, and knows the entire medical staff? Yes we are!

To Dr. Wolf, Travis’ surgeon, and to the whole surgical team at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, thanks for taking such good care of our guy.

To the roughly 30 Giobbi family members and immediate friends who shared in our weekend-before-surgery reunion in our backyard to show support for Travis, it was awesome, and Travis agrees, it was just what he needed. Thank you all for being here. It meant so much to me to appreciate all of our lives together again. We love you all!

And to Maren, my dearest, who fed that group of 30, and was the perfect hostess, you know how I feel about you.

Best wishes and good health to all!!

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Bill Giobbi (bgob1) is founder and owner of Linea Forma Design, a 35 year old design firm specializing in creating graphic content for print, web and video. He is a graphic designer, industrial designer, model maker, technical illustrator and a digital 3D content creator/animator, with a love of all things design.

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19 Responses

  1. Zoe
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    You have great talents Bill and an awesome family! I’m so happy to hear that Travis is doing well. Sending much love to you and your family! XXOO

    • bgob1
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      Thanks Zoe.

  2. Joel Summer
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    I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the Giobbis.

    • bgob1
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      Back at ya, Joel.

  3. Steve & Hillery
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    Beautiful words for a beautiful family, Bill. Travis is a fighter and he’s got the best team a fighter could have. Hillery and I wish we could have joined the pre-party; we’re so so happy the surgery went well and are looking forward to celebrating with you all at Thanksgiving if not before!

    • bgob1
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      Thanks S & H.

  4. Veda Nomura
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    What a wonderful tribute, Bill. Our family feels so fortunate to be part of the extended Giobbi family. The reunion before Travis’s surgery was a warm and positive event and was such a great way to show support for Travis. I’m so glad the surgery went well and that Travis is at home now and recovering. Love to you all, Veda.

    • bgob1
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      Thanks Veda. So glad you are a part of it.

  5. Lynne cooper
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    Thanks for sharing this, Bill! I can’t imagine how scary and difficult this must have been but how amazing that you were all there for each other and could pull through this together. You have created a wonderful family and what a tribute that is to you! I will be thinking of you all, and sending lots of love and best wishes your way!

  6. Elisa Mills
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    Perfect, Bill…
    Grateful to be a part of our extended family,
    for the kinship and friendship I’ve received from Travis most of my life, and gleeful for his successful surgery and ongoing recovery. I am resting a little better these days….
    All my love and a thousand good wishes sent your ways,
    Elisa

    • bgob1
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      Thanks, Elisa. You’re playing a big part in his recovery.

  7. Gayle
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    Love love love!! Happy to be there to lift Travis’ spirits before the surgery. And so pleased he is recovering nicely. Love that kid!! Love you all! Lucky to have you in my life.

    • bgob1
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      So happy you were there, too. Back at ya.

  8. Connie Rodenburg
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    Beautiful, Bill ! Praters for continued speedy recovery.

  9. Susan Drake
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    Love this family and so glad to be in your atmosphere!

  10. Ted Johnson
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    You are a wonderful father 🙂 Three best of health cheers to the Giobbi family!

    • bgob1
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      Thanks Ted. Glad you are out there.

  11. Joe Chisholm
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    Great families make great design!

    • bgob1
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      Yours AND mine, eh Joe?