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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Adenocarcinoma = Cancer

Well, I just learned that my kid brother has been diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma of the lower one third of his esophagus.

He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, near my father. He was sent to Denver for some specialized test, so he's had more than one opinion. My father -- now 73 -- says they haven't told my brother yet, but the Doctors informed him -- my father -- that folks with this stuff usually die within five years.

My kid brother probably won't live to see forty. I was eighteen when he was born; changed that boy's diaper, baby-sat him on numerous occasions, took him to the zoo, et al. Never had any kids, always figured he'd be the one to "close my eyes" when the time came. Now it looks like it's going to be the other way around. The sort of thing that takes all the wind out of your sails.

There are those who say: "Life's a bitch and then you die."

Not true. No, life's a bitch . . . and then it has puppies.

So, if I seem to be "dragging," sorry. Got some things on my mind these days.

9 comments:

  1. Oh no. I'm so sorry.

    I hope you don't mind if I pray for you guys.

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  2. Thanks Charles, by all means. It's hitting my father the hardest, of course, My brother Drew is his "Benjamin."

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  3. Very sorry to hear this. Condolences from Ivy and myself.

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    1. Thanks, Tim. You and Ivy are great. Hug the puppies for me, hey?

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  4. Ah, jeez, man. That's terrible. I'm so sorry.

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    1. Thanks Nate, it's appreciated. Really.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear that. So far both my parents, my two sisters and my brother have fought cancer. My Mom, brother and one sister are still around. All of it is terrible, but I've learned how much I Love my family and to do all that I can for them and with them because time is unbelievably precious. Your brother, you and your family are in my prayers.

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    1. Much appreciated, my friend. It means a lot.

      Both my mother and sister have fought cancer most of their lives too. My mother has had a double mastectomy. she also had a cancer cut out from across her shoulder blades . . . it was the size of a softball. She's still with us though.

      My sister had a cancer cut out of her left leg. It hasn't come back . . . yet.

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