A Great Loss

I just found out this morning that a dear friend of mine passed away on the evening of December 1st. He was a Sarcoma Survivor who had the Cancer spread to his lungs and has been bravely fighting this disease for over a year. It was my pleasure to meet him and his wonderful wife online and get to know each other through correspondence back and forth. He is survived by his lovely and loyal wife and their four sons. They have always been an inspiration to me through the undying love that they continued to exhibit for each other despite the many obstacles that presented themselves before them.
As I write this blog post tonight, I am angry. I am so angry that Cancer research has not produced a cure and that so many wonderful people continue to succumb to this disease. I am equally angry that my friend’s sons will have to grow up without their father and will never know what a truly amazing individual their father was. My heart is broken for his wife, who remained steadfast by his side, as she confronts the reality that she now has to raise four sons, all under the age of 10, by herself. Lastly, I am angry that so many bad people continue to walk this earth while good people get sick and die.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish any harm to anyone. However, it is infuriating that so many dirtbags get to wake up every single day and continue being dirtbags while good people are consistently taken from us. Maybe that is just my anger talking, who knows…In any case, I would like to take this opportunity to help raise Sarcoma awareness because that is what Mike and Dianne would have wanted. Please be proactive in your health and get regular medical checkups. If you think something is wrong in your body, don’t be scared, get it checked out. Early detection, with any kind of Cancer, is the key to the best prognosis. RIP, Mike, I am a better person for having known you. Thank you for always making me laugh and for always giving me hope.

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  1. My deepest condolences to you for your loss. I can't understand with all of this research why there is no cure for Cancer yet. I just lost my Nana about 6 wks ago to Lymphoma. Trust me I know how you feel. Keep your head up and stay strong

  2. oh, i am so sorry for your loss, mama. it seems that this happens all too often around the holidays (although, anytime is bad enough). my thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of a friend, but also with his wife and their boys. what a task she has before her, may she have peace and strength through it all.

  3. I think there are very few people whose lives have not been touched by cancer,one way or another.Your friend is now at peace and free from pain but now his wife and children have to continue life with a huge part of their heart broken. I too feel angry that cancer takes so many beautful people. If "the big man upstairs" needs to cut down the population (or whatever His plan may be?!) it should be the scum (drug dealers, murderers, child abusers etc) who get cancer. I know this sounds cruel but sometimes I feel life is unfair. I live every day thankful that I am fit and that the most important people in my life-my 2 girls-are fit,happy and safe.
    In March 2010 I am running (or prehaps crawling!) the Barcelona Marathon in aid of cancer research (every little helps!)Kisses. Kate

  4. Mz. More, I am so sorry for your loss. You are so kind to reach out to me when you are still grieving yourself. I completely agree with you, where is all that research money going?

  5. @Mrs. Buckster-Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. It is so sad that she will have to raise those boys by herself. The task will be that much harder because one of their boys has special needs. Dianne is truly a brave and loving woman.

    @Kate-I completely agree with you, Kate! I know it sounds harsh but it would be great to get rid of some human scum instead of continuing to lose such wonderful people. I am so proud of you for running in the Barcelona Marathon, you are awesome! Big hugs…

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