Derek Laine, aged 61 passed away on January 31st this year after just a 16 month battle with Oesophagus cancer. Unfortunately when he was diagnosed, October 2017, it was made quite clear that it was too late to operate and instead he would have to endure chemotherapy and eventually radiotherapy. They suggested he had just 2 to 5 years left, not that he chose to know this as he always remained positive. After a good response to chemotherapy and making lots of people laugh at the hospital we all remained in high spirits...…......…......…............Well that was until Christmas fell upon us in 2018.
After losing our beautiful nan in August 2018, where dad had been our rock the cancer seemed to speed up its journey inside him and spread pretty quickly and of course by the end of 2018 dad started to go downhill rapidly, he was advised to have radiotherapy as the tumour kept bleeding and this is when he began his longest stay in hospital.
Not long after new years day despite him telling us he was fine, we knew something was wrong we took him to A&E (this was when he was admitted for the last time) we were sadly told that things had got worse, the cancer had spread further and further where they could literally do no more for him.
His last wish was just to get home and sleep in his bed as he had become very uncomfortable as the days went on. We got him home on Monday 28th Jan as per his wishes, but after two uncomfortable nights and the amount of pain he was in we had no choice but to get him into a Hospice where the morphine became his best friend, although still he was with it enough to speak a little with us.
He only spent two nights here as it didn't take long for him to deteriorate beyond help and he sadly passed away with all 4 of his children present on 31st Jan 2019, this very much hurt us beyond belief but I am so glad we were all there with him.
Our dad was amazing, he was so strong throughout and always remained optimistic, we miss him very much and as Im sure anyone else would agree it would be the most amazing thing to find a cure for this awful disease.
Last year May I took part in the 100k cycle and raised money towards cancer research, dad was really proud and so this year I wanted to do something else to support the charity and with the support of my amazing friends we have decided to walk the marathon in the Shine Bright event in London, 21st September 2019.
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