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Sep 27, 2019
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Paul has colorectal cancer that has metastasized. After an extended hospital stay, he started on hospice at Our Lady of Peace in Saint Paul on Monday. Here is the rest of the story:
Paul started having symptoms from his cancer last year. It was creating a lot of pain, difficulty in concentrating and mobility problems for him.Surgery was not an option, so Paul opted for radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment appeared to be successful, so he thought that he was cancer free. He still was having a lot of pain, mobility and energy issues but he was optimistic about the future. There was a lot of experimenting with pain medications that were mostly ineffective. The medications caused a lot of side effects. Paul has always been very sensitive to medication and this was no exception. An MRI showed the cancer had returned with a vengeance and had spread. He decided to try another series of chemotherapy treatments to hopefully shrink the tumor and reduce the pain. The first two chemo sessions really wiped him out. Unfortunately the tumor did not respond to the treatment.
Paul decided to stop all the testing, poking, prodding, procedures and testing to go on hospice care to live his life out naturally. After much prayer and with the help of some wonderful folks from United Hospital, Paul was accepted at Our Lady of Peace in Saint Paul. Paul has expressed that he would like to live out the days he has left in a garden. His room at Our Lady of Peace looks out on a beautiful garden as well as a water fountain, so our prayers have been answered.
We know that many of you have been wondering about "Where is Paul?" "Why have we not heard from him?" Why has he not responded to my communications?"
We apologize to those of you who have not heard from him. All we can tell you is that Paul was in a long hard battle and was doing what he could to survive. We cannot begin to cover all of the procedures, tests and complications Paul has gone through. His strength and endurance has been amazing.
Paul was so looking forward to getting back with his friends and working the Shaklee business. He wants the Shaklee business that his parents started 50 years ago to continue. As his business partners, it is only natural that we, the Finer Family, continue to operate Finer Associates and carry on the legacy.
Please post any special memories on this site. We know he would enjoy hearing from you.
Renee Finer (Sister) Brad and Holly Finer (Brother and Sister in Law) Monica Meyer (Sister)