Aug 18, 2013 - 10:26 pm
Last Monday my dear husband Lou passed away after battling this EC beast for 3years 8months.
I haven't posted in a while, and though the people that helped me through this back in the beginning of our fight are no longer on the board, I felt the need to come back and say goodbye. Too often people stop writing and you wonder.
Lou was diagnosed in Dec 2009. Stage 4. After the initial radiation and full guns chemo, he was doing ok for 2-1/2 years while continuing chemo. Then last August the tumor in his esophagus started to regrow. He went through proton radiation the end of last year. And while that took care of the tumor in his esophagus, it was discovered that there were nodules in both lungs. Chemo had no effect. The nodules in both lungs continued to progress rapidly regardless of Lou's brave determination to fight.
I just want people to know that no matter what, there is always hope. Lou was told in the beginning that with chemo he would have about 1 year. He exceeded their expectations. He liked to tell his drs that he was beyond his expiration date. His first goal was to see his 60th birthday, which he did. Then he wanted to see 62 and his first social security check. He got to see that this year.
Though it was a very difficult battle, as you all well know it can be, it still brought us closer together as we fought the beast together. We were still able to make happy memories and celebrate our 34th anniversary.
I admired Lou's courage. He will forever be my hero.
Thanks for listening.