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

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

Postby andy21 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:23 pm

Brownbagger was the Oasis in this desert of a disease...
Always hopeful, optimistic and biking and he sure inspired lots of people to lead a normal life.

will miss his presence in forum and heavens have gained a great soul....
Caregiver: To 67 Yr father
diag. Stage IV, 5/12, liver mets
6 cycles Xelox/Avastin, Start 06/12
Stage 1 of Two Stage Resection Surgery in Dec, 12. 2nd line fails.
T Cell Trial May-Jul, 2013
Becomes a Heavenly Angel in August, 2013

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

Postby Hapa » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:23 pm

I am so sad about Eric's passing. He touched so many. it seemed he had such a vast knowledge of many things. We even discussed our worms & experimenting with worm bins, food, etc..... Another mentor on this forum gone to soon.

Hugs and prayers to his family.
DH Stage 3 RC

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

Postby WarriorSpouse » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:21 am

I am so sorry for Eric's family, and his close friends, especially those on this forum... I have so much appreciation for folks who correspond here, like Eric did... because it puts all of us in the same room to discuss the most uncomfortable conditions our families are experiencing. It has been so helpful to many.

It is therapeutic and humbling to read through the eyes of people like Eric, and those who come to this forum in the future will still read his wisdom, humor and (living for the day) life experiences through the threads preserved in the search engine of Colon Talk.

I have learned so much from Eric, and those he grew close to on this forum throughout the years. He has joined so many good people that I have met historically reading their Colon Talk posts. He truly is not alone in Heaven. His many friends were quick to greet him upon his arrival... May he and the other's continue to look out for the rest of us dealing with this most dreaded disease.

God bless you Eric, and Thank You for all you have done for this Colon Talk community.
We will miss you.
Spouse of wife 47 years old
10/2014, Stage IV Metastatic CC
Lymph node involvement 12/15, w/ positive PET on para-aortic lymph nodes.
5 cm sigmoid tumor resection as well as positive Virchow lymph node.
KRAS mut, Highly Differentiated, Lynch Negative
Folfox and Avastin 1 YR (Oxi for 5 months) NED 05/2015
Zeloda and Avastin since 01/2016
Chemo break 03/2017, back on Zeloda and Avastin 04/2017.

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

Postby mm66ny » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:58 am

This--this!--is why I don't check this board often. But for whatever reason I checked today. Eric was helpful to me in those early days after treatment. He was approachable, and responsive. He was a cool guy. Rest In Peace man.
Dx RC, T3N1M0, Feb. 2009
LAR, Ileostomy June 2009
12 Folfox tx
Ileostomy takedown Jan. 2010
June 2014 five years NED
Age 48
married w/7 children
Generally irresponsible

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

Postby Achilles Torn » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:20 pm

CRGuy I am so sorry...

This hit me harder than I would have thought. I didn't know BrownBagger but when I first found my way here (terrified and bewildered) Jdepp recommended I read some of his posts for inspiration....and so through BrownBagger's historical posts, he was a hero to me, and represented a bit of light in the dark times of this disease. I'm sure his light will live on - both through his posts and the impact he has had on so many. It is our job to carry it forward as long as we are able.

40 yo Male. BC Canada Sigmoid Colectomy Dec. 2016
Pathology T3N2bM1 19 of 24 Nodes Positive + tumour deposits
PET scan - Para-Aortic and Iliac Lymph node spread. Stage VI.
Moderately differentiated. MSS. KRAS/BRAF Wild.
Mutations: TP53, ERBB4, MLL3, PDCD1LG2, PRKDC, SMAD3
FOLFOX Commenced Jan 9/2017 - Avastin(Bev) added after round 1.
June 2017 Dose Reduction on Round 11 due to Neuropathy.

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

Postby Rob in PA » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:16 am

Rest in Peace Amigo.... :(
True warrior. I enjoyed talking shop talk with him about lumberjacking and logging. I've been on here a long time and this one really stings.

Ride on BB!!!!

dx 11/07 crc IIIb @ 39
Xelox/Rad/ temp colostomy
LAR/J-pouch/ temp ileo
Failed reversal
2/09 liver mets; liver resect/ileo reversal
Folfiri/Avastin - 12
2/11 5 lung mets
Folfiri/Avastin 2011
SBRT 3/12
Lung met 5/13/ said NO to more chemo
SBRT 8/13
2 lung mets 5/14, VATS 8/14, NED

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

Postby WifeOfMike » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:04 pm

I am with CRGUY..... almost speechless.
May you rest in eternal Peace with the Angels my friend Eric BB. You will never know how much I received from your research posts and witty sense of humor. I miss battling to see which of us could post the most in the middle of the night. I will miss YOU. Much love, Vicki- WifeOfMike
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Hubs: CRC IVA,T3, N0, M1A
Resect/LN Mets 10/12
Folfox4/Avastin 11/12-5/13
Folfiri/Erbitux 6/13-10/13
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Georgie » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:23 am

I haven't been here in a while. I've had another health drama to take care of... but something made me check in to see what was going on.

I am sorry to read of Eric's passing. I always enjoyed reading his gardening posts and following his cycling miles in his signature.

My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by this forum, as well as I am sure, by many many others.

Rest peacefully BB.

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Stage 3 T4N1M0 Rectal Ca diag 1/11 at age 29
Clinical trial (chemoradiation) 12 wks incl FOLFOX
Surgery 14 June '11
Post op infection
Iliostomy reversal 12 Sept '11
NED 6 years!
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby kiwiinoz » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:15 am

BrownBagger, He was a real inspiration to me, and obviously to a lot of others.
He first welcomed me to this site when I was in a state of deep shock, give me space to come to terms with it, friendship, knowledge and that is something I have never forgotten.
I loved his posts on everything, and he will be sorely missed.
When I was in the stage of flailing about he gave me hope, when I was in the stage of despair of a recurrence, he give me a path that even if that did happen, there was still a life to be lived and I had to chose what to make of that life.
There are some people that you come across in life that you can never thank enough, or repay their selfless acts of kindness and Eric was like this with everyone.
My heart and thoughts go out to his wife, and his daughter.

Eric, may you ride your bike on the backroads with clean lungs, a light heart and may you soar with the eagles.

See you mate, and have a whiskey for me....I'll keep eating the good stuff as it makes me think of you.

Kiwi, your friend.
Stage IV Rectal Cancer (39 Year old male at dx)
pT3N0M1 (wish that was M0)
Diagnosed 05 Dec 2012
LAR 05 Jan 2013
VATS 27 Feb 2013
FOLOFX April 2013 - Sep 2013
Clear Scan 03 Dec 2013 - 27 March 2017
Port Out 26 March 2015

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

Postby kirac » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:18 pm

Not on here much these days. Man, the hits keep coming. He's was always a regular and for some silly reason, I thought he'd always be here because I had no idea how he gardened and kept riding when he was dealing with all that he was... rest in peace, brave soul.
Husband (Age 36) 1/13 Dx Stage 3B rectal cancer
3/13 Chemoradiation
6/13 Tumor removed, Temp ileo, 1/15 nodes
7/13 Chemo = Oxaliplatin, Xeloda
1/14 Reversal
7/14 NED, CEA 1.8
12/14 CLEAR CT scan! NED

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

Postby mymom » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:13 pm

I am really speechless. I wish him and his family peace. I met him once at sloane with my mom and he was such an inspiration to me and my mom. Prayers from CT.
Stage 4 CC DX 5/11
colon/livr rsct 5/11(1 met)
Folfox July-11/11
NED to 5/12
New Primry BC-4/12,Stage 1
2 livermet 5/2012
Liver rsct,HAI 6/12,Folfiri
NED to 10/13,1 liver met,ablation, Folfiri
NED to 12/14, another spot
3/15 NED
Ablation 1 liver met 10/15
1/16 NED

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

Postby rickker20 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:27 pm

Brown bagger and I join almost at the same time in 2009. He was a real nice guy. I was sad for him when he found out that he stage 4 instead of stage 2. Rest In Peace.
Rectal Cancer 6/09
Stage 1 T2
9 days of 5fu
2 days of Avastin
5 weeks of Radiation
Lar 9/09 failed
Pull thru surgery 10/09
Rectum Removel,38 lymph nodes remove all cancer free
6 weeks of 5fu & Folfox
Bag reversal 6/10 & Port remove
Cancer free

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

Postby CRguy » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:28 am

I think ... just 'cos I started this topic
and knew Eric well .... gotta just say

he would LOVE the outpouring of connection and affection !
'cos that IS who he is

he's not gone
he LIVES HERE ! with us
in each and every post we remember him by

Ride another mile brother
ride another mile ......

Caregiver x 3
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
10 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing NONrandomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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

Postby ams5796 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:18 am

Love that, CR Guy. I miss him everyday. There were so many folks on here whose passing hit me hard (Belle, Gaelen etc), but this is by far the worst. I hope this thread stays at the top and lives on and on. The outpouring of affection is not the least bit surprising. He was loved by all.

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 Bob_Weiss » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:43 pm

HORRIBLE! We joined this site about the same time (2010), and although we never met, he did respond to a few of my e-mails with helpful advice. Since he was alive much longer than would be expected, I assumed he would be living a normal life span with occasional bumps in the road.
I will remember him for the remainder of my life.
Stage 3 R/C -1 node+ ( 7/09)
5 wks radiation, 2 wks chemo: 5FU (8-9/09)
Rectal surgery: tumor removal (11/09)
10 rounds Xeloda: 3000mg/daily 1 wk on/1 wk off (1/10-6/10)
Supplements: Aspirin, Calcium, Vit. D3
03/27/17: 7+ yrs. since surgery--still NED

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