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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #50 on: June 15, 2013, 12:33:40 PM »
We don't know or understand why this needs to be so painful and difficult.  But, the greatest healing is coming, and there is something for somebody in what Mike is enduring and as he waits.

Prayers continued for you all!
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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #51 on: September 12, 2013, 08:11:26 AM »
We are now approaching the very end of the road. 

Mike has decided to forgo further dialysis and has cancelled any remaining radiation treatments. 

Hospice has been invited in.

With another close and cherished friend, and a young family member, I have been sharing transport duties getting Mike to his various medical appointments.  Oncologist, pain management doc, radiologist, ophthalmologist, dialysis, and internist appointments have all been kept. 

None of that helps anymore. 

And yesterday, Mike accepted the inevitable with a large measure of grace and an ensuing peace.

He had become so very weak that just getting down the steps from his house to the walkway had become an overwhelming challenge.  From walkway to car required greater and greater effort.  And just getting into the car was nearly impossible. 

His back causes him so much pain that he can no longer sit in his easy chair in comfort.  He is not able to lie down in comfort and his eyesight has deteriorated so badly that he is unable to even watch TV.  And taking enough painkillers to provide relief zonks him so completely that he is not able to participate in any aspect of interactivity. 

So, yesterday afternoon, Mike made the decision to retain some measure of dignity and grace. 

Today at 3 PM, he goes for his final visit to his pain doc where he is scheduled to receive some sort of injection that should provide a measure of relief for his painful back.  After he returns home, hospice will take over managing his condition.

Michael has been my pal for 25 years.  We have fished together, drank good whiskey and some great martinis together, enjoyed Cuban cigars together, and shared more holiday meals than I can begin to recall.  His late wife, Nancy and Bunny were great pals, too.  We watched their kids grow up and become mostly well adjusted adults.  I officiated at the marriage of daughter number three, and at the wedding of one of the step-grand-daughters.

And all I can ask for now is that the pain docs and hospice can somehow manage to reduce Mike's pain to a tolerable level, and that God sees fit to give him an easier exit from these mortal coils than he has experienced thus far.

I thank each one of you who has raised us up in prayer.  We're right at the end, now.  Another prayer or two should see us through.

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #52 on: September 12, 2013, 08:51:06 AM »
He has been blessed with a friend like you CR. Hang in there and know we are with you.
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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #53 on: September 12, 2013, 01:09:41 PM »
CR,
This is a time where I don't have many words of value other than to say God bless Mike, and God bless you for being a true friend in his time of need.

Prayers continue for you guys.

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #54 on: September 12, 2013, 04:53:37 PM »
CR,  We pray for Mike's final healing to be as painless and easy as possibly.   

God Bless,

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #55 on: September 12, 2013, 05:37:57 PM »
Since the last update this song had been on my mind.

Sorry if it is not very uplifting....

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
—Patrick Henry

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #56 on: September 19, 2013, 05:09:12 PM »
Mike passed away at about 10 PM last night. 

He was attended by his four natural children and his adopted son. 

Mike had been unresponsive since late Tuesday evening, but he awakened shortly before 10. 

Each of his kids had time to voice their appreciation for Mike's guidance and patience.  Each thanked him for setting them on a good path. 

Mike then closed his eyes, took two deep breathes, and relinquished the fight.

Cancer took another one of the good guys.

Mike was my friend for nearly 25 years.  I've officiated at the weddings of his kids and his grandkids.  Now, I am called to officiate at his funeral. 

I am deeply grateful that Mike is no longer in pain. 

And I already miss my friend. 

Your continued prayers are deeply appreciated.

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #57 on: September 19, 2013, 06:09:08 PM »
My sincere condolences to you and Mikes family.

His journey begins anew...God Bless!

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Re: Good Buddy Has Cancerous Tumor on Kidney
« Reply #58 on: September 19, 2013, 07:52:09 PM »
Even though you know it's coming, it still ain't easy to lose a friend.

Prayers and sincere condolences, CR.
"I expect perdition, I always have. I keep this building at my back, and several guns handy, in case perdition arrives in a form that's susceptible to bullets. I expect it will come in the disease form, though. I'm susceptible to diseases, and you can't shoot a damned disease." ~ Judge Roy Bean, Streets of Laredo

For the Patriots of this country, the Constitution is second only to the Bible for most. For those who love this country, but do not share my personal beliefs, it is their Bible. To them nothing comes before the Constitution of these United States of America. For this we are all labeled potential terrorists. ~ Dean Garrison

"When it comes to the enemy, just because they ain't pullin' a trigger, doesn't mean they ain't totin' ammo for those that are."~PegLeg

 

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