by John Mallon
(Phoenix, Az )
In September of 2013, my best friend of 18 years passed away from a heart attack at a restaurant less than an hour after we had sat down. We were just about to order, when he complained of an "upset stomach", and excused himself to go to the restroom. When he didn't come back after almost 30 minutes, I went to the mens room and found him passed out. Paramedics were called and he was rushed to the hospital where he died 38 minutes later. In November 2013,I spent Thanksgiving with my sister Mary's family, husband Bob and their 8 year old son. I was not planning to travel for the holiday but my sister convinced me as just 2 months after my friend's passing, I was not in a holiday mood. I got back home on December 1st and the very next day my brother-in-law called to say my sister had fainted at work. She was rushed to the hospital and examinations carried out over the next week revealed metastasized bladder cancer and tumors in her brain. Her doctors attempted radiation and chemo,but her type of brain cancer was very aggressive and she died on January 16th. In April 2014, my brother Patrick started to complain of ulcers and indigestion, and when he went to the doctor, he was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach lining. He was never comfortable with doctors and I tried get him to cooperate with the treatments, but he was not truthful with me about the visits, his treatments, what the doctors had said, etc. Finally, I was going to go with him and sit in on his appointments and see exactly what his condition was, but on June 27th, 2014, I found him in his bedroom..he had passed away during the night..From September through July 2014, so much loss. At night, I feel as if I'm suffocating and can't catch a breath..