Roger has been living with cancer for 9 years. Over that time he has lived a full life, dedicated to family and church. Roger and his wife Janet have enjoyed taking care of their home and hobbies in Virginia. They have adventured across the country on many RV trips to visit friends and family, fishing and painting in campgrounds from the Adirondacks to Chincoteague to Florida.
In January, Roger's body began reacting negatively to the toxicity of the chemotherapy regimen that was keeping the cancer in check. Beginning in March he stepped away from chemo to instead concentrate on pain mediation. During this time, with the national Covid crisis in full swing, Roger and Janet's local children were blessed to be able to visit them at their house on a daily basis. Children and grandchildren across the country have stayed in constant touch, with calls, photos, videos, and visits when possible. Members of the United Methodist Church of Herndon have stepped up with cards, and help with errands and tasks like yard work. Roger and Janet have felt the outpouring of love and have been able to focus on spending these last months together.
Throughout this time Roger has mentally been as sharp as ever, accomplishing tasks on his computer, gently teasing and telling jokes, comforting and supporting Jan, and persevering through pain and discomfort. However, in these past few weeks, his pain and need for sleep have increased as he has become physically weaker.
As of Thursday, July 23rd, Roger has moved to a Hospice center to receive fuller nursing care. His local family are continuing to visit Roger during the day, and staying with Jan to offer support through this difficult time.
Please know that any messages and well-wishes that you send through this site will be read to Roger at his bedside. Even if he is unable to respond, he will hear your words. Please share this site with friends and family.