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Gail4beagles's picture
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My heart is so very heavy as I write this message among all my tears. I watched as my dear, sweet brother took his last breath last night 8 hours after being removed from the ventilator. He passed away at 7:40pm 9/20/12 surrounded by love. It was very difficult for both his wife Isabel and me. There is no way to ever prepare for this sort of thing. The only comfort I have is that he is forever rid of this ugly disease that was eating him up and robbing him of his last breath and the ability to eat. The odds were against us from the very beginning. We never had a chance because it was discovered too late and everything was complicated. It had already entered his lungs before we could figure out what was going on, that alone made everything done an uphill climb. It would not have mattered where we were or who we saw, this would have been the utlimate outcome.

Our belssing were great as it did go quickly and he suffered for only 3 months before it took him over. It is just very hard for anyone to know you have no chance or hope. We always and never gave up on hope, but never had a chance. That is a hard thing to except especially for all of us.

I was comforted knowing all of you were thinking and praying for us. We felt all of your positive energy coming our way. Thank you again for all of the messages posted and private. I also received a very nice personal email from William to my home email. It is very sad his great and vast knowlege has been removed from this site. I found it very helpful throughout my long and painful journey.

In memory:
Bill (William) Welch

Love and prayers to all of you. Gail

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Please accept my condolences during this very difficult time. I know your brother had a difficult battle and stayed positive until the end. I am sure it was comforting for him to have his family around him as he left this world.

He is now in a different place where the pain and suffering of cancer do not exist.

My God wrap his loving arms around Bill and provide support and peace to you and your family at this time.

With condolences,

Paul Adams
Grand Blanc, Michigan

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So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family. BMGky

mruble's picture
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Gail -

I'm very sorry for your loss. May happy memories bring a smile to your face even as the tears fall. You're in my thoughts and prayers.


rose20's picture
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You are right, nothing fully prepares you for the death of someone you love. It is so hard to see them go.
The separation is so very hard.
Praying for you and your brother's wife.
This is a horrible disease.
It is cruel and ugly!!!
My heart goes out to you and my prayers.


Amjosmom's picture
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What a terrible loss for you and your family. I am so sorry. More prayers and hugs for you and them during this difficult time.

sandy1943's picture
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Gail, I'm so sorry. It has been a difficult time for Bill and the family. He is a perfect example of why people need to know how deadly EC is. Such a short time after diagnoses.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family,

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For the loss of your dear brother Bill. I can only imagine how painful yesterday must have been yet it is so beautiful that his last moments were loving moments with you and Isabel. May you find comfort in loving memories when he was healthy and strong.

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Just so sorry to hear of another wonderful person taken by this beast. I am glad you all were by his side. Many thoughts and prayers to all of you, even though you know he is in a better place, it is so sad to lose his presence but he will be of course in your hearts forever. many hugs,

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