I remember when Eric joined and his first avatar (I don't know how many here will remember it). It epitomized the name 'brownbagger' so well. Initially he was a stage IIA....just like me and I felt some sort of a 'connection' that here was someone who had the same diagnosis that I did. I remember being almost 'angry' with him ......all his bike riding during chemoradiation.....how the heck did he do that????
When I was asked, years ago, who would make a good moderator....my first choice was Eric. He wasn't a controversial person....he was warm, optimistic, funny, not necessarily politically correct....but was someone you just felt you could connect with. I was always amazed at how, even in the midst of difficult times, Eric always had a positive air about him. He shared with all of us his unbelievable garden, his times at mom's Wisconsin farm and I was particularly mesmerized by his wood burning furnace!
CR.....I do understand how you feel. Eric was your friend, your confidante....someone who (and I don't know if you ever actually met him) you could share life stories with....someone with whom you had a connection.....cancer brought you together and that friendship, that bond can never be broken. I also had that with Terry, so I understand. It just plain sucks when that person dies.....it doesn't seem fair and it scares you a little because (at least for me) you think, 'that could be me'. Just know that Eric was loved around here. He was warm, welcoming, upbeat, funny and overall just a 'nice guy'.
To Eric's family.....my deepest condolences. I know Eric loved his family....he talked about them often. His mom, wife and children have lost a bright spot in their lives but his spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved him and in those whom he loved.
Rest in peace Eric.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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