I’ve just discovered a very good friend has died…suddenly and tragically. Dr. A also happened to be my oncologist. I met him in 2000 and he shepherded me safely through two bouts of breast cancer. I feel extremely lucky to have known him and his wife Kim, who was also his oncology nurse. Both had tremendously generous hearts, going well beyond the call of duty to help their patients in times of great need.
Dr. A had a unique sense of humor that put some folks off, but in my opinion, a doctor who can make you laugh when you are facing a life-threatening illness like cancer is worth more than his weight in gold. Even in the middle of an excruciatingly painful bone marrow biopsy, he could make me laugh!
Dr. A and Kim became more than a doctor and nurse to my husband and I…they became friends. Dr. A and my husband were born on the same day (different years) and they shared the same bizarre sense of humor. The two of them together were highly amusing. Dr. A and Kim also became some of my most ardent supporters of my art. Dr. A always wanted me to paint his favorite bird, a great blue heron in flight. I never had the opportunity to get a really good photo reference but when I do, I’ll paint one in his memory.
Dr. A was an avid rower, sculling every morning he possibly could. That was where he found his peace and the strength to do what he did, day in and day out. The world has lost a brilliant doctor, a wonderful husband and an amazing person. His absence is deeply felt and will be for many years to come. This is for you Dr. A. We’ll miss you.