Jun 15, 2013 - 10:37 am
Hello everyone, it's been a while since I posted though I have been in and out reading. It's been quite a journey since 8-17-2010 when my brother Jim aka Gatoraid, was diagnosed. We thought he might be one of the lucky ones that would beat this monster, but sadly, he did not. He passed away June 7th @ 10 pm, just 8 days before his 66th birthday which would be today. He had several surgeries, multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, each time thinking he had beat it back for a while. The cancer came back with a vengence, right back to the esophagus at the site of his first surgery, from there it went to his lungs and it was a rapid decline from there. He also had a tumor in his liver that was successfully removed almost a year ago. He fought and fought hard every step of the way, never expressing his pain, always concerned about the people he loved. He maintained his sense of humor and a positive attitude all along.
My brother is my hero. Since he was in Boston and I'm now in Tulsa, we spent a lot of time on the phone, talking, laughing, and crying, but with each day growing closer. I will miss him more than one could possibly imagine. Today being his birthday has been especially sad, but like every day since that day in August of 2010, we all go one thinking about a great man that was taken way too soon.
I would like to thank everyone here that answered our questions, shared their most intimate thoughts, and always provided excellent advice. If there was ever any advice that I could pass on, it would be always get a second opinion, and never delay treatment under any circumstances.
So on behalf of my brother, the great Gatoraid, thank you all for your kindness, your compassion, and willingness to share your happiness and your pain. Whether you're a patient, a survivor, or a care giver, never give up. Some day we will find a cure for this miserable disease. With much saddness Gatoraid said goodbye my friends, keep fighting the good fight.
God Speed my dear brother Jim. I love you and will forever miss you.