SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
473 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
to recap for those not following along. My V60 OSD was April 2017. We took our boy & spent 3+ weeks starting in Stockholm and ending in Paris before returning to Portland. I wanted April in Paris for Mrs Scrapr. We had our 21 y/o son along so it was not quite as romantic but still was a great time. And I'm very glad that we took him. Very. That summer all Mrs Scrapr could talk about was how much fun the OSD was. She loved the factory tour. She is a people person and not as much a manufacturing & things person. But she just loved how Volvo treated the manufacturing staff. And our delivery person who came from the floor. So by Fall we were talking about an OSD for her.

On Nov 1 of 2017 she was Dx with esophageal cancer. The first night in the oncology ward we were both crying. And one of the things she said was "does this mean I don't get my OSD?" I promised her there that she would go. She went through radiation & light chemo, then a brutal surgery in March of '18. Almost 20 biopsies came back clean. No cancer left. Over that summer she was recovering. We made a nice trip to Grand rapids & Chicago. At that point Volvo had taken the XC60 out of the OSD list. So I was stuck on doing hers. The XC60 fit her and was just the right size. XC90 was too big, XC40 too small. By November of '18 her cancer had come back. Oncologist called it Stage 4. "I can't cure you" is what he said

She went back in for more radiation & chemo. This time the radiation left some serious burns on her skin. By the end of January Volvo opened the XC60 back up for OSD. We were waiting for a scan to see how the chemo was doing. I think that was just after the first of February. in the mean time she started on a drug called Keytruda. One of our good friends was saved with the Keytruda. So our hopes were high. On Feb 01 we signed a OSD for the XC60. Delivery date was May 21.

As we got through Feb & March the cancer started gaining ground. The bad part the tumors were growing during treatment. By April we knew that she could not travel. Rather than cancel we hoped that she might have a bit of time to drive the XC60 here in the States so we did not cancel. On May 23 she passed at our home. 2 days past our delivery day. Out here on the Best Coast it takes 10-12 weeks to get the OSD delivered. Turned out it was right at 12 weeks.

Today i picked up her XC60. It was a bit hectic as Jim Fisher Volvo is doing a lot of work on the showroom & parking lot. But they are super people. A lot of foot traffic in there too. I was sandwiched in between 2 other deliveries. Another couple was looking at an last gen XC60 when the salesman mentioned OSD. I'm like you should do it. Awesome sauce. I had them value my V60 and it looked good to me so I signed some papers and came out with money in pocket. It took a bit to get the Volvo On Call switched over. Mostly because it was in Mrs Scraprs e mail & phone. Got that sorted and all is good

A bit bittersweet redelivery <understatement> Wish we could have made it to Sweden

*how's the car you say? Pretty nice stuff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
119 Posts
Thanks for sharing. Heart wrenching but heart warming at the same time. So touching that you wanted her to experience her own OSD.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
439 Posts
Thanks for sharing your story....my condolences.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
650 Posts
My sincerest condolences...

I’ve not followed on closely, partially because I was going through similar circumstances. We made the go ahead decision on our V90 OSD just weeks before my radiation treatments for angisarcoma started in mid-December of 2017. Making that decision gave me something to focus on for a future beyond my cancer treatments. Went through a few surgeries to remove and reconstruct my nose in the spring of 2018. Fortunately by the time our trip to Sweden came up, I was pretty well healed up.

So sorry things did not work out for your dear lady... 💔
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
397 Posts
Lymphoma took my mother’s cousin a few years back and now we just lost another family member to pancreatic cancer two weeks ago. It’s just a dreadful, terrible, soul-sucking thing to watch a person decline. I’m so sorry for your loss. We are all on this board because we are at least to some degree “car people,” but we are people first and foremost. Thank you for sharing. I’m sure it wasn’t exactly easy typing up that post so I hope it was a least a little therapeutic.

I hope your wife’s car takes care of you as well as a car can.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
473 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
As most folks say who lost a loved one....we didn't have enough time together. One of my regrets (I really wanted to spell it regerts :D) was not getting her back to Sweden. Or having enough time for her to see her car here. Just a little more time....

But we'll always have Paris....Gothenburg ;)

Seabeck I remember you saying that you were having treatment. Everything good now?

Thanks all for the good thoughts
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
650 Posts
As most folks say who lost a loved one....we didn't have enough time together. One of my regrets (I really wanted to spell it regerts :D) was not getting her back to Sweden. Or having enough time for her to see her car here. Just a little more time....

But we'll always have Paris....Gothenburg ;)

Seabeck I remember you saying that you were having treatment. Everything good now?

Thanks all for the good thoughts
All good now, last scans in July were NED. No Evidence of Disease. Keeping fingers crossed. My wife’s sister was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about the same time I got my initial diagnosis. She was lucky that her cancer was located where it was accessible for removal. She’s NED as of last week. No rhyme nor reason to these awful diseases.

Thanks for asking, you take care...
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top