I've written a few posts about Jim here on my own blog. The man has inspired me since we first followed each others' blogs, began talking by phone and then finally met in December 2008: Inspired.
Then his fight with cancer took a downturn last spring: Keep the laughter alive... in which he gave this advice:
"If there's one thing I could tell my friends...It would be to BE HAPPY NOW. I've spent too much of my life unhappy and.... there's just no time for that. You have to make the choice to BE HAPPY. It is as simple as that."
He fought through that time and found a drug treatment that seemed to be working. Then another scan revealed the tumors coming back with a vengeance. Once again, I asked readers to offer support: Sending love.
And it kept getting worse but he kept fighting. I wrote again about him and this time added one of my favorite (and first!) posts written by him: I have no words...
This man is a CHAMPION!
I love seeing posts going up around the blogosphere in support of Jim. It is totally deserved.
Thank you to:
Not Your Average Single Momma
Canadian Bald Guy
And tweets and ReTweets from:
Dr. Leah and Singlemommyhood
And of course, Rachel Sarah (who always keeps us in the loop!)
Jim has many friends!
Today, Jim is undergoing emergency surgery to place a stint in his lungs to help him breathe. The tumors have expanded and multiplied on his lungs so quickly that he is unable to breathe. The saddest part of all of this is that the cancer started as a mole on his scalp under his hair. It wasn't detected until it had spread to his lymph nodes. The fact that it is now on his lungs makes me ill.
So, I'm sending more prayers for this complicated surgery. I will be visiting him a week from today. I'd really like to see him again.
Call me selfish.
I would also like to direct you all to his blog with this... a few of my favorite Depot Dad posts. (There are too many!) The first one was written recently and, ya know, speaks volumes.
Then there are the video posts! Love these stories:
(I still remember him telling me this story as we ate lunch in downtown San Francisco.)
(Love that laugh!!!)
(Found another one!!! Ahhhh! Forgot about this one!)
Love you Jim.
Love love love love love