I know that I have spoken to some of you on the phone already but I wanted to let the rest of you know that Mark passed away earlier this morning at the Kingston General Hospital.
He'd had a pretty rough summer with his health. It seemed to be just one thing after another. In the last week or so, he started to exhibit symptoms that his liver was in bad shape. We received the
results of his most recent CT scan on Wednesday, August 12. We were told that the tumours were quite involved and they suggested that he restart chemo as soon as possible. As soon as possible was to be tomorrow (Monday, August 17).
In his heart, I know that he really did not want to do chemo. Because he'd been feeling so crappy though, the chemo provided a promise of relieving some his symptoms and the doctor was confident that Mark would respond well, and perhaps even be back to work by mid-September.
Last night, he was having a lot pain in his back and abdomen and was having difficulty breathing. Mark was taken by ambulance to KGH and I know that the team there did everything that they could to help him. They were able to get him breathing a couple of times but were not able to get his heart started again due to extremely low blood pressure.
I was told that he probably didn't experience any pain while they were treating him. I told the doctor that Mark spent a good chunk of his life in pursuit of not feeling any pain so he would appreciate that.
I feel completely numb at the moment. I knew that this cancer was going to kill him but I thought we'd have more time. I also thought that when he died, it would be peaceful and I'd be there (I stayed behind to sort the dogs out and arrived at the hospital about 40 minutes after he did - I think he died just before we arrived).
I want to thank you all so much for the love and support you've shown us during Mark's illness. He'll be cremated and a celebration of life will be held in the fall. I'll make sure to keep you posted about
that has I figure out what is happening.
While his passing his sudden and shocking, I know that Mark wouldn't want you to be sad. Pull out your copy of Wish You Were Here or watch A Hard's Day Night and think about how much joy Mark brought to us over the years, through his sense of humour, his amazing food and his colourful stories.
I love you all, thanks again for everything.