Well the melanoma cancer is an amazingly aggressive cancer.. it's almost as if it is able to harness the entire body's growth potential to put into tumor growth.
So from the second week of January, when Brian's Liver numbers were close to normal, to ten days ago, when the Liver numbers were off the charts..
And the small tumor had grown tenfold or more in volume, fataly destroying Brians liver.. all in a few weeks.
I spoke with Brian on Wednesday afternoon, he was not in good shape.. it seems the Doctor's 'two months' forcast' was amended with a call to Brian and his wife on Wednesday night to 'two weeks'.. even that was wildly optomistic.
Brian went into the hospital on Thursday, got the first of four chemo treatments.. but it was too little, too late.
Brian came home Thursday night, had a very rough night, went back in the hospital yesterday, Friday morning. He was stabilized,
but his liver had shut down, his kidneys were doing the same..
Brian went home Friday afternoon, with Hospice care set up, the bed etc.. He had a Morphine pump, and other needed support items.
I was notified of Brian's condition at around 7pm, apparently Brian's wife Tracie, and Brian didn't want me to make the 120 mile round trip to see him: they were worried about MY health condition.. Well I went anyway..
I was able to spend some time with Brian while he was still lucid, at times. But he was obvioulsly very, very weak, Tracie and I also had a nice but painfully difficult talk. I left Brian and Tracie around 10pm..
Brian passed at roughly 1:30 this morning. in his home with his wife at his side.
Godspeed Brian.. life doesn't offer many good people and friends like you to us.. You will be missed.