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I Was Here | A Legacy of Love

Today is World Cancer Day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Our story is just one of many.

Honoring Eric

Eric was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Eric was 38 when he first noticed a lump on his chest. After four months of physician visits and tests including a biopsy, he was finally diagnosed in April 2011 with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

Happier Times

Although Eric showed no outward symptoms other than the lump on his chest, he was immediately put on an aggressive treatment schedule that included radiation, more tests (many painful), and surgery. Throughout his daily radiation treatments that left him extremely tired, Eric still went to work and then treatment.

Something is not right

Eric was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was 38 when he first noticed a lump on his chest. After four months of physician visits and tests including a biopsy, he was finally diagnosed in April 2011 with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Although Eric showed no outward symptoms other than the lump on his chest, he was immediately put on an aggressive treatment schedule that included radiation, more tests (many painful), and surgery. Throughout his daily radiation treatments that left him extremely tired, Eric still went to work and then treatment.

The surgery to remove the tumor from Eric’s chest was successful, and he looked forward to completing physical therapy and returning to work. He was cancer free for six months when he was told the cancer had returned and metastasized (spread) to his lungs. Round 2 brought even more tests and treatments including an aggressive chemotherapy schedule that left Eric tired and requiring multiple blood transfusions.

Despite the schedule, Eric remained positive and determined to beat his disease and watch his daughter graduate and go on to college. Eric’s philosophy this second time was “I am not worried this time because I know God’s got this.” Not wanting to miss out on life, Eric continued to work, visit with family and friends, attend mini-me’s Sweet 16 and start to teach her to drive.

I was here, I lived, I loved
I was here, I did, I’ve done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know I was here

BeyoncΓ©

Grieving with hope

Even though he fought as hard as he could, Eric lost his battle with sarcoma. On October 8, 2011, Eric transitioned to Heaven surrounded by his wife and daughter. He was 40 years old.

The journey since Eric’s home-going has not been easy, but we have relied on our faith and grieved with hope that we will see Eric again. During the last year of Eric’s earthly life, we were given a lasting gift in the time that we got to spend together as a family. We believe during this time, Eric was under “dying grace” and took the opportunity to also share and spend time with his larger circle of family and friends.

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We have received numerous stories on the words of wisdom people received from Eric during this time, and how he comforted directly, and indirectly, those around him. We know that he did not approach this transition with fear having put his hand in God’s hand. It was a beautiful tribute to Eric’s loving spirit and how he lived his earthly life to see the hundreds who turned out to pay respects and celebrate his home-going.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

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