It makes me so sad to write this post. It’s something I’ve been dreading but somehow I knew it was coming after our last emails at the end of June. I really hate to have to say this out loud, but my friend Patric Michael is gone. He succumbed yesterday to the cancer that ravaged his body for years.
Almost two years ago I wrote a post that was a tribute to Patric from all his friends, and now it’s his epitaph:
Patric and I have been corresponding for at least a couple of years and this was the last email exchange we had:
Me: How are you today Babe?
Patric: All I can safely say on the subject is that I am *VERY* cautiously optimistic that I’ll get some benefit from the drug, if it doesn’t kill me first. Remember that there will never be a cure, but it is still possible to extend my “deadline.” It’s going okay, but we have to keep reducing the dosage between each run and I’m on the lowest possible reduction right now, and if my blood levels are high enough in two weeks, we will continue. If not, then I will be rejected from the trial and lose access to the drug. *remainder of paragraph deleted*
Me: I know you tire easily so I won’t ask a lot of silly questions but you’re always in my thoughts even when you don’t hear from me.
Patric: Thank you sweetheart. I admit this drug does make me very, very tired.
Me: How are you enjoying the warm weather so far? It’s scorching here – today it’s around 90 F but it should be a lot cooler on the weekend.
Patric: We haven’t had any scorching weather yet. That’ll come next month, usually. Right now, its only 67 and full sunshine. That’s the part I like best though – the full sunshine. And if it were anyone but you, I’d be out in it right now instead of in here answering email! Grin.
Me: Next week I’m going to Vegas and Arizona for 2 weeks – what a time to visit there. I know what you’re thinking – I’m nuts. lol No denying that.
Patric: Well, I always think you’re nuts, putting up with me the way you do, but not because of going to AZ or Vegas. The only thing that crossed my mind on that score was what the attractions were. I mean, all of Vegas is an attraction, but what about Arizona, short of visiting family? Cactus is cactus, after all. LOL!
Me: Take care of yourself and keep cool.
Patric: Laugh.. Its more like “Get warm.”
But Patric was more than the cancer that destroyed his life and forced him to stop writing. Not only was he a wonderful writer but he was, above all, a great human being and a very funny one and we had a lot of good times laughing about the silliest things. One of the best was an article he had written a few years ago which he gave me permission to reprint on the site. I will leave you with this small memory of Patric, a man who didn’t let a dreaded disease like cancer get him down. Maybe he’s looking down at us, cracking up at this post. Enjoy!!
My condolences to Patric’s family and friends.
Rest in peace Patric my friend. I will miss you.