For those of you who are not on Facebook, I learned yesterday that my cousin, Greg, has cancer again. This is his 5th time. This time it’s terminal. He had Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was about 20 or 21, and had a lot of radiation treatment. He later developed a tumor on his brain stem. The doctors at M.D. Anderson removed it, but damaged a facial nerve in the process. One side of his face droops slightly.
Later he developed thyroid cancer, but had it removed and was fine. Then last year, they found tumors in his neck, mouth and kidneys. They were all removed and there was no sign of cancer. But the tumors have returned in his neck.
Greg sang, too. After high school, he sang at a number of beauty pageants here in Texas. He married a girl who sang in a group with her sisters.
The doctors have given him 6-8 months to live. He is 49 years old, married to Leslie, and has 3 children…Lexi, Christian and Noah. They now live in North Carolina. I am sure I will not see him before God takes him.
The last time I saw him was at our grandmother’s funeral in March 2000. Since he lives so far away, and running a company took up his time, he missed a few family reunions. But we’ve emailed.
Our families were always together when we were growing up, and we even went to high school together (although Greg is 3-1/2 years younger than me). His sister and I are the same age. He was kind of like a little brother that bugged me a lot. His life kind of started going in the wrong direction in high school, but it seemed to get back on a good path after the first bout with cancer.
At our grandmother’s funeral, he hugged me a number of times, and told me he loved me. I will always remember that.