BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

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BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby CRguy » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:57 pm

When someone says they have no words to describe how they feel .. and then go on to do so anyway

When someone says they are gutted by an experience and just need to share their energy with their friends

When someone who has been in and out of someone else’s life, and they yours, finds that their friend is suddenly gone

When we here, deal with life and death daily, and having experienced it personally never expect to have to share the passing of a friend we shared the other losses with

When we’ve been here for years and despite the changes, never expect to say goodbye to a best friend

When you have read all of this, you will know only a fraction of what I feel right now

Eric, BrownBagger …….has passed

I’ll be back tomorrow to post his In Memoriam

right now this is all I have to give
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
14 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Lee » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:08 am

OMG! Noooooo :cry:

I am in shock, had no idea.

Rest in peace, dear BB

rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!

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Re: I don't know what to say .................

Postby michelle c » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:12 am

Oh no CR heart literally dropped when I read this :cry:

It was not what I was expecting to read. Eric has always been a favourite around here....a wonderful human being. I can't believe that he's gone. I didn't even know that he wasn't doing too good. I guess I had kind of expected and hoped that he was going to be here for longer....a lot longer

My deepest sympathies to all his loved ones on the sad loss of dear Eric.

It will not be the same without him here.

I will miss you and will never forget are loved ❤️
25 May 09 Dx with CC (sigmoid colon) 2 days after my 44th b'day
CEA prior to surgery 4.7
3 Jun 09 LAR - Stage III 3/10 lymph nodes
6 Jul - 10 Dec 09 12 cycles FOLFIRI
Genetic testing - inconclusive for Lynch
Jul 12 port removed & hernia repair

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby ronnieciao » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:28 am

DD of Mum, 53
Diagnosed CC Stage IVb, October 2014
Mets to liver, peri, ovaries, bones
Folfox + Panitumumab
Folfiri + Avastin
Cetuximab monotherapy
Immunotherapy: Tecenriq (Atezolizumab) single agent trial: failed
Left us Feb 2017

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby peanut_8 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:35 am

so sorry to hear this
female, diagnosed Jan 14, RC stage 2a, age 56
April 14, 28 chemo/rad with Xeloda
June 14 adjuvant Xeloda 6 rounds
currently NED

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby NZJay » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:47 am

Gutted to hear this news. I'm so sorry - to all those who knew Eric better than I did. He had a great presence about him.
11-13 Dx CC
SPS T4b(touched stomach organ),N1(3/23),M0(Stage 3B)
11-13: resect + partial gastrect
2-14: 1 Tx Cape + Oxy; renal failure, colitis
4-14: 7 Tx Capecitabine
1-15: clear CT
7-15: clear scope
1-16: clear CT
3-17: clear CT
10-17: clear scope (5 year gap now!)
CEA@dx: 8.4 / 6-15: 4.0 / 10-15: 4.2 / 2-16: 4.9 / 7-16: 4.9 / 11-16: 5.0 / 6-17: 4.5
NED since resection

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby LPL » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:51 am

Oh NO - SO Sad to read this :cry:
RIP BrownBagger, you will be missed !!
A Warm HUG to you CRguy.
(thinking I can feel a little how you are feeling now - I lost my 'soul'-Sister 2 days after my DH was diagnosed.)
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DH @ 65 DX 4/11/16 CC recto-sigmoid junction
Adenocarcenoma 35x15x9mm G3(biopsi) G1(surgical)
Mets 3 Liver resectable
T4aN1bM1a IVa 2/9 LN
MSS, KRAS-mut G13D
CEA & CA19-9: 5/18 2.5 78 8/17 1.4 48 2/14/17 1.8 29
4 Folfox 6/15-7/30 (b4 liver surgery) 8 after
CT: 8/8 no change 3/27/17 NED->Jan-19 mets to lung NED again Oct-19 :)
:!: Steroid induced hyperglycemia dx after 3chemo
Surgeries 2016: 3/18 Emergency colostomy
5/23 Primary+gallbl+stoma reversal+port 9/1 Liver mets
RFA 2019: Feb & Oct lung mets

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby KarenE » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:01 am

Dear Eric, fellow gardener and all round great guy....Wishing you peace, perfect peace. Much love to his family at this sad time.xxxxxx.
KarenE ( Carrie).
DX March 2013 rectal cancer,T1NOMX 0/15 nodes,lymphovascular invasion present/moderate, 2 liver lesions, 1 lesion spleen probable cysts. Parastomal hernia. Latest scan shows change/ bowel wall thickening at anastomosis site.

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby ams5796 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:44 am

Noooooo.....this hit me in a way like no other. He was my first friend on here and my favorite. We were on the journey together. He always was kind, intelligent and funny. The world will never be the same.

I wish I knew he was struggling at the end. I had no idea.

So sad today.

Stage 3C (or 4?) Rectal Cancer 01/07
2/10 lung mets
3/11 VATS
6/11 VATS
7/13 lung met
2/14 SBRT
NED 8/14
5/17 scan and MRI found treated spine met

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Willow.NZ » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:11 am

I am sorry to hear this especially to many here who were so close to him. Like many here BB was one of the first to welcome me to this group & I sensed a genuine warmth. Rest in peace...
Dad diagnosed Sept 14 Stage IV. Age 57yrs. Transverse colon - spread to Retroperitoneal, Mesenteric & Supraclavicular lymph nodes. Folfiri commenced Sept 14.
April 15 - Bowel resection
August 15, stable scan
Feb 16 - No signs of cancer on scan...stop chemo & scan in 3 month
Scan April 16, Crazy growth to stomach, lymph nodes & multiple mets to liver. Commencing Folfox.
August: chemo not working. Stopped treatment.
September 3rd 2016 peacefully left this earth.

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Ron50 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:21 am

So very sad , RIP Eric , you were one of a kind, hugs to his family and friends. Ron.
dx 1/98
st 3 c 6 nodes
48 sessions 5Fu/levamisole
no recurrence cea <.5
numerous l/t side effects of chemo

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Staci's team » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:09 am

BrownBagger....lover of family, chopping wood, bountiful gardens, and good wine. You were one of the first to welcome me here, and I'm glad I was able to work with you over the years in your moderating duties.

To call this type of SUCKNITUDE "major" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. Peace be with you...and with those who loved you.
Husband to Staci, diagnosed at age 32
Clinical dx Stage II/III rectal cancer, 7/2009
APR surgery 11/09 leading to...
Pathological dx Stage IIIB, ypT3N1M0, 11/2009
Member of The Colon Club's Board of Directors

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby stu » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:16 am

I always thought he would keep defying the odds . I will miss him greatly and I have learnt so much from him .
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby sbrainbolt » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:45 am

BrownBagger was a living tribute of how to live life to the fullest regardless of the diagnosis. He was one of the first people to respond to my very first post here 5 years ago. I too am shocked by this sad news. I wish his family peace during a difficult time. Eric you are missed.
DX 1/12 50 yrs
LAR 2/12 CR 3A T1N1M0
chemo 3/12- 9/10/12 FOLFOX, issues with platelet counts every 4th treatment
CEA normal
CT 3/15 stable lung nods since 1/2012 NED.
SBO kinked small bowel 10/13 - LAPRO surgery to fix
yrly scans now
09/25/2017 - Graduated to the Survivorship Clinic at MDA! Cured!!!

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Apple1291 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:49 am

I don't post often but I've been around here since 2011. This took my breath away. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace Eric. You will be missed by so many.

Daughter to Dear Father 57 years old at diagnosis
T4N0MO July/11
12 rounds folfox completed March/12
Recurrence June/16 peritoneal carcinomatosis
12 rounds folfiri and avastin completed November/16
Many more rounds of chemo and 12 tx radiation

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