A small update on my whereabouts.

keep-calm-and-fuck-cancer-15I’ve not posted anything in over a week and I apologize for that, but I have a good excuse. I was waiting, along with the rest of my wife’s family, for the inevitable to happen. Last Thursday my father-in-law lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

This is the third time in my life that I’ve watched a family member slowly subcomb to the insidiously slow death that cancer brings with it. The first time was when my biological father died of it 40 years ago when I was five years old. He was only 55 at the time. I wasn’t old enough to really understand what was happening, but that didn’t stop the experience from leaving me a little emotionally messed up for awhile.

The second time was my grandfather back in my 20’s. He at least made it into his 70’s before passing. I wasn’t there for the bitter end and, because of other obligations, only saw him a few times over the months that he suffered from the disease.

My father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer almost 10 months ago and he lived a lot longer than his doctors expected him to. I, along with my wife and her family, were at his bedside at the end though I suspect he had vacated well before that point arrived. He didn’t look like the man who had welcomed me into his family with open arms despite the fact that I’m an independent Liberal atheist and he was a moderate Republican episcopal. He was literally a shell that was holding onto life for as long as it could manage even as various parts of his system were failing. It was not an easy thing to experience, but then that’s something that far too many people are familiar with. Then the situation was compounded by learning shortly after his death — while viewing and funeral arrangements were being made — that the wife of a longtime friend of mine had passed away from cancer on Saturday.

Lets just say that it wasn’t a good weekend. Needless to say, I’ve not had much inspiration to write anything during this time. Though I intend to try and get back into writing more often in the near future. It seems I’ve been coming across things that I want to blog about more often as of late so I’ll try to actually get around to doing so.

That’s what I’ve been up to. What about you guys?

6 thoughts on “A small update on my whereabouts.

  1. Work, which has been mediocre bleh.

    On the other hand, I’ve also been getting out and seeing a lot of people. I have a friend coming into town for a UU conference next weekend, and I still do my regular Pathfinder sessions with my hilariously unkempt group.

    By unkempt, I mean “here’s a wizard who leads the way and tries to ride fired cannonballs”, and a bunch of others not doing what they would normally do (except the barbarian, who captures the very essence of “smashy smash!”). We are not a well-organized or experienced group of adventurers, here, and that makes for a lot of fun :).

    The Facebook has been getting me to read Hyperbole and a Half, which is many flavours of awesome. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

  2. Sorry to hear about your loss , I don’t know you of course , but from reading your blog I feel you have the strength and wisdom to deal with this sad time in your life. Keep up your great blog .

  3. I’m doing OK. I think it’s just starting to hit home for Anne, but I’m doing my best to help her through it. She was pretty close to her dad so it’s going to take a bit.

  4. My condolences to you, your wife and family. Currently, I’m in the process of moving and trying to stay in touch with those whose blogs I follow.

  5. I am sorry for your loss. I can only offer condolences to you, and your family in a time of such sorrow.

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