Bad news about my brother

Photo: my brother, Richard E. SmithI’ve been commenting here for the past two and a half years about my brother, Richard, and his fight against lung cancer. I got a call from my sister that things have taken a turn for the worse, and Richard has been hospitalized. For the past two weeks, he has needed multiple transfusions because his chemotherapy has been wearing down his defenses. I know he has been worried about what that condition may mean for him. Now it seems that his lungs are giving out on him.

I spoke with him a few minutes on the phone, but he could not talk for long; he had been through a really rough day. I just told him how much I love him and that I am praying that things turn out for the best. He’s getting the best treatment possible at Baylor University Hospital, and his wife, Susan, is making sure that nothing is overlooked at this crucial time for him.

You can’t believe what a courageous, hard-fighting guy he has been during his treatment. I’ve learned so much from him, but nothing really has prepared me for this, losing a loved one. For the time being, I am just going to hold steady because there is nothing I can do by rushing down to Texas.

One thought on “Bad news about my brother

  1. I am so sorry to hear this Michael. I will have your brother in my prayers. Not sure what else I can write, if you need any help don't hesitate to write in.
    Regards,
    Raj

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