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Nov 9, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Dear friends and family, Kevin was diagnosed with cancer in January of this year (2018). The cancer started in his esophagus but had already spread throughout his body by the time he was given the diagnosis. He was given high doses of chemotherapy and the doctors tried a type of immuno-therapy. The chemotherapy was used to prolong and give Kevin a better quality of life and was successful at reducing the tumors for a short while. On October 24th, Kevin was told that the treatments were no longer working. Hospice services immediately stepped in and started coming to Kevin and Karen's home. It didn't take very long for his condition to worsen. He is quickly declining. Robert, my son, Carey and I came for a visit 2 weekends ago and Kevin was able to go to lunch with us and carry on conversations. Our dad and his wife, Karen, came for a visit and had a nice visit, also. Kevin's childhood friends Terry, Tony, and Jill came for a visit, also. Kevin has felt the love of many friends and family. Robert, our Dad and I came back to love on Kevin on Tuesday of this week. His condition has worsened so much in the last 2 weeks. He has been on morphine since almost the beginning of this horrible journey, but has been in terrible pain since he was diagnosed. Now that hospice has started coming, Kevin's pain is a lot more bearable and he is able to sleep. At this point, he is sleeping probably 23 hours a day. He wakes up just long enough to go to the restroom and change from the bed to the recliner. The hospice caregivers have been wonderful, of course. I didn't want to put all this out on Facebook, and Karen and I are really having a hard time answering the questions of Kevin's (and our) loved ones, so I thought this might be easier ... for now. Kevin is preparing to meet Jesus. I am already missing my little brother and the sweet man he is. We ask for your prayers for peace, comfort, and no more pain.