Boyd was diagnosed just after summer. Last I heard about 2 months ago he was doing well and somewhat recovering. I sent an email about a week ago asking about his progress but received no answer. I feared the news but hoped he was on one of his European vacations.
Unfortunately I received this email today.
Boyd was GREAT guy and a Great friend!
Dear Friends & Family,
Unfortunately, the time has come to give you the final update on Boyd's health challenge. On Tuesday, March 27th, Boyd lost his battle with cancer. After the Chemo Treatment #4, he never really recovered to any sort of normalcy. He continued to lose weight and fight constant nausea. After a week's stay in the hospital the second week of March, it was determined that although the original esophageal tumor was eliminated, the cancer had spread to the outside of his intestines and his prognosis was terminal. I brought him home for hospice care on March 17th, which gave him great comfort. Daughters Shauna & Karrie and son-in-law Steve arrived from Florida on March 21st to shower him with love and attention. Throughout the next week, he received many visits from friends and family who love him. As his health faltered, his spirit and sense of humor never did. The day prior to his death, he was able to separately tell each daughter and me, "I love you." He passed away peacefully at 1:10 on a sunny afternoon with a room full of loving family.
Boyd did not want a service or a lot of fuss, so we had a wonderful gathering of family the next evening in his honor at my brother's home in Lake Forest, CA. Boyd's sister Valerie from Florida and niece Karen from New York were able to join us. My mother Ruth and niece Sara's family were also there. We enjoyed barbeque food and beer, two of his favorites, and a chocolate cake topped with a beer in an Angels baseball cozy surrounded with peanuts. It was an evening we will all cherish.
During this difficult time, I have been surrounded with so much love and support by so many friends and family members. I warmly thank each and every one of you for your kindness & strength and I hope you will continue to hold up my family and me in your prayers.
For the entire 15 years we have been on SART, he was there every weekend till his battle started.