Today’s admin post is not Tudor related, but its something that hits home for me, and I suspect far to many people who may read this. But that is exactly why I’m writing it.
Five years ago, on November 11th, 2013, my father died from cancer. Although he lived four hours away from me, I was fortunate enough to get home to be with him. Prior to his passing, he spent months in my city getting his radiation treatments, even driving the four hours back home on the weekends despite the doctors telling him they believed he would likely be admitted to the hospital with a feeding tube due to the weight loss expected from the treatments towards (he was already very thin).
He wasn’t admitted. He didn’t get a feeding tube. My dad finished his treatments, and got to go home. He was in the hospital afterwards, for other reasons, but always got day passes and was able to live a semi-regular life.
I last saw my dad the week before he passed. I wanted to surprise my parents by coming home. I remember walking into the house, he came up from the basement where he was doing laundry to check on food he was cooking. Without hesitation gave me a hug. In my family, we don’t hug much, if at all. This was the first time since I was a kid I remember hugging my dad, and I’ll never forget it. That weekend I was home, he seemed so full of life, I had no idea it would be the last time I would talk to him.
Why am I writing this?
Too many people have their own cancer story. Whether it’s something they experienced themselves, or watched a family member/friend go through it. We all know someone.
In September, I’m doing a 50km+ bike ride called Ride for Cancer, and as part of it my aim is to raise $1000. I’m not only riding in memory of my dad, but also for anyone who has passed, and anyone who is currently going through it now.
If you’re interested in helping me reach my goal, you can click here. If you just want to talk to someone about what you’re going through, I’m an email away.
I sincerely appreciate anyone who has taken a second to read this post.