Jan 07, 2011 - 12:32 pm
The week after I got my diagnosis in May, my dear friend and fellow board member of a local non profit was also diagnosed. I have NMZ NHL Stage iv. He had SMZ NHL. We called ourselves the Lymphoma twins and we emailed and talked constantly about how we would beat this together. He needed to get back on his bike next summer and I need to kayak.
I just got a phone call that Ralph passed last night. I am in shcok. Last week when I saw him he said it was still the watchful waiting game and then eventually Rituxan. His wife told me last week he has had terrible diarrhea and so we had a long talk about that because I'm battling C-Diff right now. I also told her all about you and she was going to check out the sight for herself. The only thing I know is that his liver gave out after a high fever. No other details yet. I am in shock.
So my lymphoma family, I don't know what else to say. I am so sad. I hate cancer.
Thanks for listening.