Thursday, October 2, 2008

More Life

I have nothing fun to report...I feel guilty not posting, but on the flip side I feel guilty posting anything that seems frivolous at this point.

Here's the deal, last month my boss was diagnosed with lung cancer. The cancer has also spread into his liver and back...evidently it is a very fast spreading cancer. He has been given a year to live. He has never smoked, lives a very healthy lifestyle, a great family man that has been married to the same woman for 25 or so years, three great kids. He is 56, and by all accounts has had a great life and been very successful...but it is just so shocking still and things are moving fast.

I don't work for one of his companies, I work for him personally managing the financial aspects of the many companies he owns. This means I am having to take over on a lot of stuff and keep it running while he is in treatment, etc. Also, one of my jobs the past few weeks has been "training" his wife and kids on how the companies are structured and work so that they can understand things when he is gone. It has been tough...I don't like to cry at work, but I have been.

This week was bad...he had an adverse reaction to some of the meds and had to be admitted to the hospital for several days with internal bleeding, fluid in his lungs, a fever, and they thought his organs were shutting down. We thought we were going to lose him now, rather than in a year or so. Once they took him off those meds though he improved and he is coming home today.

When I first heard the diagnosis I thought if anyone can beat it he can, he is strong and healthy other than the cancer...and determined...but now I don't know.

So I haven't fallen off the planet...but really some days I wish I could just vegetate in front of the TV all day and not think about anything.

I appreciate any and all positive thoughts sent this way.

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SeaBreeze said...

Awwww, Shelley! That must be soo hard to deal with and try to be the function force through. I know you can find the strength to get through this, but there will definetly be an added aspect of stress and concern 24/7

Kristina said...

So, so sorry to hear this, Shelley. I know cancer has touched your life before, and you know it's an important cause for me, too. I'm sending hopeful vibes your way and thinking of you both. Take care.

JIMSIGHT said...

So sad, just breaks my heart every single time. You are there for a reason, god speed.

Sparky said...

Wow. I don't have any words. Take care of yourself. You are in a tough situation but it sounds like you are doing an important thing for that family. Good luck!

Marcy said...

((((HUGS)))) I'm so sorry. I can only imagine how hard this has been.

Mrs Furious said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your boss and all the stress and grief that goes along with such a fast moving cancer. Big Hugs Shelley! I know that the road will not be an easy one for some time to come. I'll be thinking of you.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh Hon. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I do think you are there for a reason, to help the family get up to speed and be a comfort to them. Life is precious. It's so hard to be reminded of that in this way. Take care of yourself, too.