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

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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.
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
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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.

DX 10-31-09 Surgery 12-1-09 Sigmoid Colon
Stage IIIb T3,N2,MX; Chemo Feb 2010-Aug 2010; 4 rounds Folfox; 8 rounds 5FU +LV
12/2010 PET/CT Scan, Cancer Free
7/2012 CT Scan NED 2 years
10/2013 NED 3 years
8/2014 NED 4 years
Recurrence 6/2015: iliac lymph node(s)
8/2015 Surgery: 3 cm tumor removed+iliac artery graft
3/2016 CT Scan Stable
6/2016 Stable
9/2016 Stable
12/2016 Stable
3/2017 Stable
Recurrence 6/2017
12/2017 Surgery removed all cancer w/ clean margins
07-27-2018 Cancer-free for 7 months

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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 & celecoxib
2/19 clean scope
11/19 clean CT
Ongoing cimetidine & other targeted supplements
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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.


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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....
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diag. Stage IV, 5/12, liver mets
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Stage 1 of Two Stage Resection Surgery in Dec, 12. 2nd line fails.
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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.
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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.
D/H 47 years old, 10/2014, Stage IV M/CRC, nodes 12/15, para-aortic, 5 cm sigmoid resection, positive Virchow. KRAS mut, MSS, Highly Differentiated, Lynch Neg, 5FU/LV and Avastin 1 YR (Oxi for 5 months), Zeloda/Bev since 01/2016. 02/2019 recurrence para-nodes, back to 5FU/LV Oxy/Bev. It is working again. "...Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."-Walter Elliot

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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
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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.

Diagnosed as 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 + Bevacizumab Commenced Jan 9/2017 PET Scan July 2017 - on maintenance 5FU/Bev every 2 weeks.
Progression after Covid19 induced break June 2020. Resume Maintenance chemo of Capecitabine and Bev

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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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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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Surgery 14 June '11
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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,
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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.
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VATS 27 Feb 2013
FOLOFX April 2013 - Sep 2013
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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
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7/13 Chemo = Oxaliplatin, Xeloda
1/14 Reversal
7/14 NED, CEA 1.8
12/14 CLEAR CT scan! NED

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