This time let us talk about death as it relates to real people, people that you dearly love.
My baby brother turned 55 years old in March. The next day he was in the emergency room and then the hospital for two weeks where they discovered he was afflicted with a glioblastoma. Much of it was removed but not all.
After weeks of radiation and chemotherapy he had another MRI test which the medical personnel compared with the first MRI test. The tumor had gone from 3 inches across to less than the size of his little fingernail. He had always been very optimistic during all the hospital days of waiting for surgery and recovering from surgery. This news was very good.
Fast forward to this week in July. He had terrible headaches for three days and finally went to the emergency room again. After two days of testing they discovered the glio cells had moved to his spine. Medical personnel say he has no chance at all of recovery and that he may have a few weeks or perhaps months but there is no chance.
How do you prepare to say goodbye to one you have loved for 55 years? How do you support his wife and children? What can you do at all to help? Can you keep on doing the regular activities of daily life? Will trying to be normal help?
I don't know.
I do know that I shall continue spending time with him. I will spend time praying. I will try not to cry. At least not in his presence. Probably a vain hope...
I love you little brother.