Oh wow, I've just spent the last 2 weeks reading every single blog entry of Eric's. I found this foundation because Eric's amazing family made a contribution to my husband (age 2
who is currently fighting multiple myeloma. I'm speechless.....much like how Eric felt at times. Throughout these blogs, I laughed (a lot), cried (a lot) and smiled. Eric was so humorous (or at least he had my sense of humor). I could not stop laughing when he gave the tour of his hospital room. Especially when he told his pump that he hated it. That's exactly how my husband feels about his pump when he's in the hospital. Constantly beeping at him and waking him up. Josh has gotten to the point where he now knows how to make the beeping stop by pushing the right buttons, lol. Anyway, it just made me laugh because my husband and I know all too well what those 4 walls feel like. The hats that Eric put on himself.....ha! The hazmat suit
. I'm so glad he could find humor in these not so humorous things.
I will second Eric's request that everyone reading this consider joining the bone marrow registry. My husband needs an allogeneic transplant like Eric had but they have yet to find a donor and his only sibling isn't a perfect match.
Oh, Eric's family.....you must be so proud of your son, brother, husband, uncle (Ava), friend. I have never "met" anyone with so much fight in them. And I mean never. What a true inspiration Eric is and will always will be. I found myself so many times while reading these blogs that I wish I would've known about Eric sooner so I could've called or wrote a letter or supported in some way. I feel like I lost a real opportunity to reach out to Eric.
I have much more to say but I'm going to send it in a personal letter to Eric's family as I feel like they need to know the impact on a more personal level of how they positively impacted my husband and I.
My heart breaks for your family but I know that you have to feel an immense amount of love when you help out other cancer patients/survivors. Please know that your kindness DOES NOT go unappreciated. Eric would be/is so proud of you all. May Eric live on through every ounce of support you give.