This is KILLING me!
I did not think 8 months later it would be so hard to reach out and ask for donations. 20 Months ago my little brother was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma – the real KILLER. He defied his tumor, instead choosing life, thanking each and every one of his numerous visitors. Brightening the day of each care provider with a smile, thanks and “that’s brilliant”. He enjoyed his favorite foods, special music selections, a walk, a swim, some penuche, and the conversations of his friends gathered around. It hurts to write but cancer still KILLS. A great attitude helps, a great team of doctors and nurses helps. But sometimes cancer wins even if you are the “luckiest man in the world!” Eddie was; he reminded me of that just 15 hours before he took his last breath.
It is not killing me, but it hurts. However, Cancer research is so critical, I will celebrate 10 years post treatment for my cancer this July and I will celebrate by swimming Boston Harbor with many of Eddie’s friends. My Cancer was cured, so many cancers today are, but so much is still ahead. Science is developing breakthrough treatments, I believe immunotherapy will be a breakthrough for all cancers but especially those challenging cancers. Please consider making a donation to Fight Cancer, donate on my page or select your favorite research hospital and donate. New research depends on you, me, us.
Eddie swam for me for 9 years - I am just beginning to return the favor - please donate.
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Cancer can bring out the "brilliant" in us
This post is about three people a survivor, a caregiver and a "brilliant" fighter. The caption for my new picture above follows below.
A Survivor now a nurse with a "brilliant" smile, she survived brain cancer. The agony for a mom, the tears shed by a dad but the spirit and resilience of the survivor. She was so young Mom and Dad would gladly trade places, alas they could not. Her "brilliant" smile never faded, she survived the treatments and went on to graduate and choose a path so everyday she back in the very system that she fought so hard to get through. She is a nurse, she is the nurse with the "brilliant" smile. She is the friend that cares so deeply for her work and for the people, the families and the fighters that she works with everyday. She is the ideal we all hold in our mind of what a nurse should be. She survived Brain Cancer.
I listened to a Care Giver from MGH give a talk about cancer, a talk about brain cancer, a talk about surviving Brain Cancer. His work goes far beyond what he spoke of that night last year, but his passion for a cure and his passion for long term quality of life is why I am writing about him. He was running a immunotherapy trail at MGH when I met him. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm to work with Eddie Colbert were rays of hope. He wanted to work with Eddie Colbert as a patient in his trial because of the "brilliant" spirit that surrounded Eddie. The work of this care giver goes on and on, but as he fights to save lives from one of the most deadly cancers he is also studying the long term effect on the survivors. Cancer donations support the beyond medications work of "brilliant" doctors like Elizabeth Gerstner and Jorg Deitrich. Here is a link to a MGH Article that looks to long-term quality of life for brain cancer survivors like the "brilliant" nurse above Mass General Publication
The fighter (and a caption for the photo above). In my earlier post I share how Eddie fought cancer with the word "brilliant" rolling off his tongue. The luckiest man in the world lost his fight but never lost his spirit. On Saturday, April 28 I hiked up Mount Washington to ski Tuckerman's Ravine I think I was the oldest in the group of mostly 20+ year olds, I know I was the slowest both up and down. I carried a rock in my ski boot a "brilliant" rock and left it there (I broke the cardinal hiker rule of packing out what I packed in).
by Stephen Colbert on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 3:55 PM