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

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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-current NED

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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 ......

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Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
13 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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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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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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Postby barbara jayne » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:49 pm

Reading this took my breath away, I was so shocked !
Eric joined the group just after me, I've known him from the start of his and my journey,
He cycled through his treatment, I did not, he carried on gardening, he told us about delicious Edamine beans (I'd never heard of them) & he chopped wood boy he chopped so much wood, & he cycled somemore ...he lived !
He was my colon cancer hero ! why has he gone & I'm still here !
I'm so very sad ! I'll always remember him even though we never met.
My heart breaks for his family, & I hope they know how much he was loved on this forum.....
DX. Colon Cancer (Cecum) stage 3
Right hemicolectomy Jan '08
2/22 L.nodes positive
Oxi and Xeloda
Xeloda discontinued
due to DPD enzyme deficiency
Lynch Syndrome
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Lee » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:11 pm

This is very selfish, butt I'm gonna miss his garden pic. Erik knew how to grow a BEAUTIFUL garden. He inspired me to to grow tomatoes, egg plants and peppers. When ever I see a beautiful garden I will always think of him.

Rest in peace, dear Eric.

Know that you inspired many people in many ways,

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 - 10 years and counting!

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Postby SoCalSaz » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:54 pm

So sorry to hear about Eric's passing. I'm another person who hasn't posted in years, but occasionally check in... and I was always happy to see any posts from BrownBagger. When I checked in yesterday and saw the news, it took my breath away. He was always someone I admired and looked up to in terms of dealing with his illness as well as living the most active, engaged life possible. My deepest condolences to all his loved ones. He left a legacy of kindness and vibrancy that will echo for a long, long time. Peace and comfort to all who are grieving his death.
42; dx RC 3/10
5 wks chemorad 5/10
LAR 8/10, ileo rev. 10/10
2 rounds XELOX 4 rounds Xeloda 11/10-4/11

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

Postby John72 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:49 pm

Very sad to read this. Brown Bagger was one of the most , informative, important, and entertaining posters here. Pretty sure he impacted everyone who came to this website. RIP Eric....
7/13/10 CC
7/23/10 -3C RC, 7cm,15/33 lymph nodes
8/31/10 5 1/2 weeks of radiation + Xeloda
11/12/10 6 rounds Oxy + Xeloda
3/25/11 Finished chemo
6/15/11 Colostomy reversal followed by infections
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Postby sadysue » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:16 pm

OMG, Eric was one of my heros from my early days on this site. He was such a vibrant and active man - a great example for many of us. I was sure he would be one of the lucky ones who would beat the beast and die at a ripe old age. What a shock. I am so sorry to hear this.

RIP old friend and thank you for the help you gave along the way.
Rectal dx 4/2011 (Stage 3B - T3N1M0)
5FU/Rad - daily/6 wks ending 6/2011
Surgery 8/19/2011
Finished 8 rounds Folfox 2/2012
Ileo reverse and port out 3/2012

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Postby Grace14 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:41 am

I am at a loss for words. I haven't been on here in a long time, but I do every now, and then read posts. When I read this my heart dropped. I'm still in shock! Rip Eric, this board will not be the same without you! ❤️
Diag Stage 2a R/C April 2010 at 38
Rad/chemo 6 weeks
Apr surgery July 2010
Folfox 4 months
Jan appendix removed
Feb diag papillary thyroid cancer no treatments stage1
Ned so far!!!
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Postby Redtexa5 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:55 am

I too only check in anymore every month or so, busy with life which is kind of the whole point behind treatment, but I have always enjoyed Brownbagger's posts and over all decency.

Crap, the world will be a darker place.
Start of symptoms 9/08
Dx Stage IIIc/IV CC 2/09
Colostomy 2/09
Radiation/5FU 3/09-5/09
FOLFOX 6 6/09-8/09
9/09 Tumor removed Colostomy reversed
10/09-1/10 FOLFOX 6
3/10-2/15 NED
2/14 Colonoscopy NED
2/15 Colonoscopy NED
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Postby DarknessEmbraced » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:24 pm

So very sad! :( Eric, may you rest in peace! My deepest condolences. :(
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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

Postby SusanNore » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:53 pm

Every time I log on, I miss Eric. He was my hero too, like so many others here.
Dx 6/05 Stage III Rectal w/lymph mets; LAR surgery 7/05, completed Folfox and radiation 3/06.

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

Postby Lena » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:49 pm

I'm at a loss of words. Brown Bagger was so full of life! He helped me so much when I was first diagnosed. So sad, so very sad.

Dx rectal cancer July 30, 2009
Power port placement Aug. 3, 2009
Chemotherapy/Radiation therapy stated August 3, 2009
Chemo/radiation completed October 4th 2009
Proctocolectomy with Ileoanal jpouch November 3, 2009
NED 2014
Stage 2

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