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Hi to all of Mike's friends and well wishers,
In early 2015, Mike was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Not only did he have a tumor, but also had spots on his lung and liver. He had his tumor treated with radiation. He tried Folfox and Folfori, the two backbone chemotherapy treatments. But those treatments were unable to stop the spread of the cancers in his body. He carried on with his passions of video games, Magic and following the Green Bay Packers :-). Through this entire process, I have been humbled by Mike's courage and gracious character, as he hasn't whined, complained or railed in anger at the situation he found himself in, even after numerous setbacks to his treatment plans.
Last weekend, November 5th and 6th, he played in a Magic tournament at the Fort Worth Convention Center, primarily in "side events" where they did drafting and play. He had a stack of packs that he had won on Saturday. He played again on Sunday and had a great time. Unfortunately, early the next morning he needed to go to the ER and was admitted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Grapevine with pneumonia and other complications. Unfortunately, he had an accumulation of fluid in his lung that is a result of the malignant masses on his lung, and this situation is not curable in his earthly body. He still wants to fight this horrid disease, but his body, even with the help of modern medicine, is no longer able.
Mike is a Christian who believes that God the Father is calling him home, and that he will spend eternity in a heavenly paradise. Today, it is breaking our hearts that we are having to decide on hospice care for this wonderful young man.