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

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

Postby betsydoglover » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:24 pm

Juliej and all - there is nothing to say. Ridiculous as it may be, I always assumed Eric would live forever.
Betsy
diag. Stage IV, 5/05, liver met
lap sigmoid colectomy, 6/05
6 cycles Xeloda/oxaliplatin/Avastin (NED after 2)
11/08 9x13mm right lower lobe lung nodule; removed via VATS 4/09
NED
6 cycles Xeloda + Avastin
Avastin only 10/09-5/11
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby chrissyrice » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:16 pm

BB was a long timer in the survival of CRC... as I start my 3dx with the beast today this amazing man who made such a difference to everyone of us living with long term stage4 CRC has left our world.

There are some very special people on this forum and as I read all the names of the people who have been around since I joined back in 2010 it makes my heart feel bittersweet. BB was always around for the fun and sometimes very deep discussions as well. He amazed me that he road a bike for so many thousands of miles and chopped wood too... as I was just beginning chemo and all the side effects. I found hope that I could make it through by just reading his posts.

My heart goes out to his family and all of us here, that have lost one of the most special of people that shared with us his life and his death. Eric I am so much better because of your help thank you for sharing.

Hope,
Chrissy
Dx 10-31-09 Surgery 12-1-09 Sigmoid Colon Stage IIIb; Chemo Feb 2010-Aug 2010; 4 rounds Folfox; 8 rounds 5FU & Leucovorin;12-16-2010 PET/CT Scan Cancer Free;7-05-2012 CT Scan NED 2 years;10-13-2013 NED 3 yrs; 08-01-2014 NED 4 yrs; 06-30-2015 Stage 4 iliac lymph node(s) 08-11-2015 Surgery 3 cm tumor and iliac artery graft done. Positive margins in the abdominal aorta, No chemo. 03-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,06-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,09-21-2016 CT Scan Stable,12-2016 Stable,03-31-17 Stable,
Recurrence 6-30-17

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

Postby lpas » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:49 pm

So incredibly saddened by this news. Like others, I guess I expected that BrownBagger would be with us forever. I think of his motto often--"Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did." There are many who "talk the talk" but Eric truly walked the walk and he impressed me greatly. RIP
11/14 Dx sigmoid CC @ 45yo
12/14 Colectomy + hysterectomy
Stage IIIB, T3N1bM0, 2/20 nodes, MSS, G2, KRAS(A146T), TP53, SMAD4, ERBB2, CEA 1.0
2/15-7/15 XELOX, Celebrex & many supplements
3/16 Ovarian mass removed. Benign fibroid
9/16 clean colonoscopy
3/17 clean CT
Ongoing Celebrex, cimetidine & other carefully-targeted supplements
Post-chemo CEA 3.0, 2.5, 2.3, 2.0, 1.6, 1.3, 1.8, 2.1, 1.8, 2.0, 1.8, 1.9, 1.7, 1.5, 1.6, 1.5, 1.4, 1.4, 1.3, 1.3, 1.6, 1.6, 1.3
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby missjv » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:03 pm

wow I never expected to hear this! He was such a trooper I did not realize he was not doing well. He will will certainly be missed.


missjv

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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.
WS
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.

AT
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.
Good PET Scan July 2017 - on maintenance 5FU/Bev every 2 weeks until progression.

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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!!!!


Rob
dx 11/07 crc IIIb @ 39
Xelox/Rad/ temp colostomy
LAR/J-pouch/ temp ileo
Folfox-8
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.

Georgie
Nuclear Medicine/PET Tech
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!
2017 Stage II Breast cancer triple positive
BRCA2 mutation
Bilateral mastectomy, chemo, herceptin

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Re: 2017 : In Memoriam

Postby Russian27 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:11 pm

So sorry to hear about BB! He was such a pillar of this forum.
Dx at 39(12/2008), Stage IV, omentum mets,
0/16 lymph nodes positive,
right colectomy 1/2009,
FOLFOX + avastin 2/2009-7/2009
Thank You Colonclub! 2015

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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.
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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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