Posted on November 19, 2016
Posted on November 19, 2016Hi everone,
This update is from Teri reguarding the funneral arrangements.
I know you've all been waiting for details. Here are the arrangements:
Phillips Funeral Home
122 Lake Street
South Lyon, Mi
Sunday, Nov. 20th
visitation from 11-1:00
Service from 1:00 to 2
Wake from 3-7
Columbus Hall (K of C)
8265 Dexter-Chelsea Road
Dexter, MI 48130
Nice day for a drive in the country.
OK, y'all. If you want more than beer and wine, be prepared to hand it over to the bartender to serve it to you. Don't go getting me in trouble now.
See you there and take care,
Posted on November 15, 2016
Posted on November 15, 2016Tom has just passed away.
There is no details yet other than hospice came in Monday.
just thought I'd give everyone a heads up.
“We loved you every day. And now We will miss you every day.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Posted on November 13, 2016
Posted on November 13, 2016Dear Friends,
On Thursday, I took Tom to the oncologist. It wasn't easy getting him there. It took Jimmy, Drew, and myself to get him into clothes and out to the van.
St. Joe's doctors knew how seriously ill Tom was back in August and they gave us the oncologist who is on top of the newest, cutting edge treatments and I will always be appreciative of the excellent care he has received there. His doctor told us that the radiation treatments should have been more than enough to blast his tumors but it was obvious to him that the cancer was so aggressive and advanced that continuing treatment was useless. He could give Tom an immunotherapy treatment or chemotherapy pills but either of these would only make him sick and miserable.
They did give him IV fluids and steroids and his color looked better but it was all he could do to get up the side yard and into the house with the help of Drew and Jimmy. He slept the rest of the day and all of Friday without eating or drinking more that a few sips for us.
Yesterday, Saturday, he was awake most of the day and took a few sips of his protein shake and a bit of Vernors but he stayed in bed all day. He perked up enough to tell a few of us to get away and complain that we were too loud. He is not ready to give up his fight. He is trying his best and wants to get better. He's got things to do!
And we were certainly loud. Most of the kitchen cabinets got installed yesterday and I will give the counter top guy the "go ahead" Monday morning. So that's good, at least.
I'm learning to take the good with the bad and we have had so many things to be thankful for during this three month battle. We are amazed that so very many people have sent their prayers and well wishes, shown up to help at the house, fed us, supported us financially, sent cards, cheered our spirits, come to visit, and even came together for benefit concerts where the love was palpable in the room. Tom was so sad he couldn't get to the second concert because he was in the hospital. We are working on getting set up to stream the third concert live, if possible, so he can be part of that event.
I know there are people who aren't on this list that will want to know right away will someone please forward this to Aunt Mary and Aunt Barbara and Ann Carrier and everyone else?. Has John Michael been getting updates? Any email addresses that I receive will be added to this list for future updates.
I am sorry to bring such news but I want you all to know that we are taking good care of Tom and will do everything we can for him.