I got the sad news Saturday evening that one of my co-workers passed away. He died from complications from kidney cancer.
We knew he was so very sick. He'd been fighting this for over a year and they'd exhausted every chemotherapy option available. Nothing seemed to help. To say his cancer was aggressive would be an understatement.
But, even knowing these facts, you just don't expect to lose someone so young. He was in his late twenties ... so is his wife. They were just too young to have to go through something like this.
The devastating part is what we learned this morning. Two weeks ago, they found a blood clot ... and the doctors told them that it would be fatal. He knew it was coming ... but didn't know whether it would be two days or two weeks or two months.
So in the end ... his Christmas gift to all of us was to keep this information to himself ... so that we would enjoy our holidays. He and his wife drove out of state to spend Christmas with their families, made the necessary arrangements, and then came back so he could be home at the end.
It's hard on everyone here ... they've cancelled the New Year's Eve Party because ... no one feels like partying. His desk is quiet and his chair is empty. Our office really is like a family ... and our family has gotten a little smaller.
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
The Beatles - Blackbird