My brother Charlie lives in Texas. Before that, he and his family lived in DesMoines, which was a lot easier to visit since its only about a 5 1/.2 hour drive from Chicago. I’ve actually not lived with him for 28 years.
He hadn’t been feeling well so he went to the doctor a few weeks ago. The doctor asked him if he any stress in his life, and well, yes he does. He works 80-90 hours a week for a Japanese gaming company. It’s lucky if he even takes one day off a week. He had a cough. The doctor gave him a Z-Pak and sent him home.
Only things didn’t get any better. Dry cough, low grade fever, no appetite. They finally went to the hospital last week. They run a bunch of tests. Elevated liver enzymes, enlarged lymph nodes, high white blood cell count, low platelet count.
My brother has non-hodgkins lymphoma. While this is a treatable cancer, it is aggressive. The doctors think he’s only had it for 2-3 months. Today he has a bone marrow biopsy to see what type of lymphoma it is, and will start chemo as early as tomorrow.
So this Easter, I enjoyed the time with my family. Yes, I was Bizzy in my Kitchen, but my focus was more on the family than it was the food.
Check out my brother’s post about his oldest daughter going to college – its hands down my favorite post of his.
Just want you to send good thoughts his way – he’s going to have a bumpy ride these next couple months.
That’s Charlie, circa 1976 playing the guitar at a concert the neighborhood kids put together.
Then we all growed up! But I’ll still remember him just like this – with my sister and I peppering him with kisses.
I love you Charlie!