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    Hi all,

    This is the hardest note I have had to write, Gerrard passed away on Saturday 28th July.....he didn't make it back to Perth but 7 of his brothers and sisters, one of his childhood friends and his lovely wife Irene, were all beside his bedside in Singapore to see him off into the next phase.....

    We got the call on Friday 27th that Gerrard was too sick to make it home so my sister, Monica said if Mohammad can't make it to the mountain, then the mountain will make it to Mahammad!!!

    We spent Saturday morning laughing and telling stories....Gerrard was still lucid right up until the last half an hour; He was getting ready to watch Australian Football with my sister, Jo, as both of their teams were playing......

    I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being such a great source of strength, love and support for us during this time.....


  • #2
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless.
    Kelly & Tim Rourke


    • #3
      Dearest Jenny: The choirs of angels continue to welcome him home to the next life much more peaceful than anything here. I am so very sorry to hear of Gerrard's passing. Love and peace to you, a most-beloved sister..and to his precious wife Irene.
      *Hubby Andy diagnosed 02/13/07, Left IO 02/16/07 *Stage 1A Non-Seminoma (65% Immature Teratoma / 35% Embryonal Carcinoma) *RPLND 04/27/07 Lymph Nodes-ALL CLEAR
      *Complications from Chylous Ascites so Laparotomy 05/03/07 *No food for 10 weeks, TPN only *07/18/07 Removed drains, tubes, picc line *CT Scan 07/31/07-ALL CLEAR
      *CT Scan 02/12/08-ALL CLEAR *Hydrocele surgery 06/19/08 *CT Scan 9/30/08 and 03/06/09 shows <cm left lung nodule - under surveillance


      • #4
        I am sorry for your loss Jenny.
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        • #5
          My condolences, Jenny, to you and the whole family. I'm so glad Gerrard had so many loved ones around him at the end.
          right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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          • #6
            Thank you for sharing this terrible news.
            My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
            Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
            Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

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            • #7
              I'm so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
              Right I/O 4/22/1988
              RPLND 6/20/1988
              Left I/O 9/17/2003

              Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


              • #8
                Jenny, I am so very sorry that your lost your brother. I know you must be hurting right now and I wish you peace during this difficult time.

                Hugs and love
                Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
                Current DVT
                Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

                "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum


                • #9
                  Jenny, I am so sorry to learn of Gerrard's passing. My you find strength in the arms of your family and friends. Dianne
                  Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
                  Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma


                  • #10
                    I'am very sorry for you and your family.
                    Your housband will be in my hearth...

                    I'll pray for you

                    Right I\O 11/28/06 - 100% EC with vascular invasion - CT shows enlarged abdominal lymph node (30mm) and 12 small lung nodules (the bigger 13mm) - Chemo started 01/02/2007 - 4xBEP - end 03/22/2007 - 03/22/2007 tumor marker normal - 04/23/2007 CT shows two small lung nodules (3mm and 4 mm) and lymph node 12mm - 05/23/2007 tumoral marker normal - 06/06/07 CT is stable - 07/23/07 tumoral marker normal - 08/02/2007 CT-PET shows all clear - On surveillance from 08/04/07


                    • #11
                      I am so sorry that Gerrard has passed away. The time you spent with him and all you did to support him was priceless, and I'm sure he knew that. He was surrounded by love when he passed and his love will always surround you . My condolences to his wife and family.
                      Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


                      • #12
                        Dearest Jenny,
                        I am really sorry to have heard of Gerrard's passing. My deepest sympathies go to you and your family. We are here for anything you need.
                        "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
                        11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
                        12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


                        • #13
                          Jenny - I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how hard Gerrard fought, with you ever present by his side during his battle. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

                          sigpic Husband diagnosed 10/19/2006. EGCT, with mets to lung, brain, lymph nodes and liver, 4XBEP finished 12/25/2006. Began HDC 2/12/2007 at IU. HDC failure 5/07. Husband passed away 7/14/2007.


                          • #14
                            Jenny -

                            Deepest sympathy to you and your family on Gerard's passing.
                            Rob and Stacy
                            DX: 3/10/05, AFP: 15,047, L I/O: 3/28/05, Yolk sac tumor & teratoma, Stage IIIC, 3xBEP & 1xEP: 4/4/07 - 6/25/07, AFP: 14, RPLND 8/10/07, w. left kidney removed. 10/19/07, AFP: 1.9


                            • #15
                              Jenny - I am very sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.
                              - lump first noticed 11/20/2005
                              - I/O right Dec 8, 2005
                              - 95% embryonal / 5% seminoma
                              - normal markers PRE surgery
                              - no vascular invasion, tunica free of cancer, epididymis free of cancer, lungs free, lymph free
                              - Stage I diagnosis
                              - surveillance
                              - mid feb '06, beta hcg slightly elevated = 4.6...small enlarged lower node seen on CT scan...
                              - 3BEP began feb 20, 2006
                              - finished 3 BEP, last bleo, april 17, 2006
                              - CT scan, blood markers, chest..all clear
                              - back on surveillance