My friends so much has happened I just don’t know where to begin. I can’t believe that I never posted here about my brother and his battle with cancer. But then again I have been working with go fund me, a silent auction, doing You Tube videos and moving my mom back to my house so there has been a lot.
My brother Les. the brother who introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging, vlogging and social media was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer that had spread to the liver at the end of November/early December. He chose to fight and was told if things went well he would have between 9 months and 2 years unless we got a miracle. Well fuck we were aiming for the miracle.
Dar started a Go Fund Me page to help with the medical bills and living expenses. The link is https//:gofundme/498148b6 and it’s still active. While we worked on that Les went through several hospital stays. Some for infections, a couple of times due to loss of blood and low numbers. A couple of procedures to stop the bleeding. Then on February 16th after a doctor visit my brother found out the treatments weren’t working and he was developing blood clots. So Les decided to cease all treatment and go into hospice.
After that life was a big old blur. Momma moved from Les and Anne’s house back in with David and I. I changed my work schedule to be home more and when I am not home because I am working she had an amazing caregiver. Les began hospice and on March 6th he passed away with his wife by his side.
There is no more pain, no more worry or stress for him, just peace. It is difficult this world without him, but we are doing ok. Ups and downs, adjustments for all involved. We had a memorial on March 20th. Les’ friend Greg did the eulogy and others contributed memories.
Does it get easier? Not really, but like the loss of my Dad, Ma and Paul Markell and many other you find a way to keep going. As of this writing I am working with two amazing women to organize an silent auction called Les Fest to help with the huge medical bills that remain. That will be on April 17th-24th at the LESFEST Facebook group.
You know my friends occasionally I wonder would my brother be proud of how we are handling things? Are we being the people he needed us to be? I hope so.
Wow that was a pretty good size post. I think I will end there and pick it up next time. Stay safe friends, go to the doctor and love one another.