Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. NOTE FROM JOHN MILES: It has been a bit more than a year since my friend Tony passed away. I was fortunate enough to have spent the last weeks of Tony’s life with him, his family, and some of his closest friends. I was also an avid reader of Tony’s blog posts that Larry and the OC Housing News have been reproducing over the past few days. Regular readers of Tony’s blog and the comments know that Tony was also writing a post for the MD Anderson hospital blog. Unfortunately, it was never published. Tony’s wife Deborah recently shared that post with me and gave Larry permission to reprint it here. It is entitled Silver Linings, and Tony discusses the positive aspects of having to face cancer over a prolonged period of[READ MORE]
Archive for December, 2013
Rest In Peace My FriendTony’s last post, “Burn, Baby, Burn” was published on October 12, 2012. Unfortunately, Tony never received his bone marrow transplant, and he passed away on the evening of November 17, 2012. And, in many ways, his Blog journey was incomplete. I was fortunate to have spent much of that last month with Tony, his family and several of his friends. Larry has asked me to fill in the gap in information here. I’ve tried to describe what happened from my perspective during that last month, although I have left out some very personal items that were shared between Tony and me and Tony and his family during that last month. The tone of this post is necessarily and deliberately different than of those posted by[READ MORE]
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Tony was fortunate to get quality time with his family while he went through his treatments. This post recounts some of those times and finishes with his new hopes for a treatment not to be. This was Tony's final post, but not his last expression. He wrote a lengthy post for the MD Anderson Hospital to share with its patients undergoing treatment for CLL. That work will be the final post in this series on December 31.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. John Miles, Bobby Dunham, Tony Bliss and I have been close friends since junior high school. As Tony's conditions worsened, John was in a position to go visit him and spend a significant amount of time with him near the end. During one period, Tony was unable to write, so John stepped in to recount the good times and try to keep Tony's spirits high.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Each time his cancer treatments failed, the odds of success on the next diminished. Tony faced those long odds with courage, determination, and of course, his indomitable sense of humor. Warning: This post contains some disturbing photographs.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Of all of Tony's posts, this is the one I felt revealed the most about his humanity. He artfully describes that poignant moment each of us must face when we realize our time is near. Far from being depressing and morose, Tony shines with his usual humor and wonderfully positive attitude.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. The treatments for cancer are not pleasant. The side effects are a smörgåsbord of torment. To help cope with his pain, Tony ran a contest to guess how many times he threw up. Who does that? Tony turned his suffering into a funny game that calmed the fears of family and friends. What a remarkable man. Warning: some of the pictures in this post are disturbing.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. After spending a week in pain, Tony's hopes for a cure were dashed once again. Rather than respond with despondency, Tony finds new hope and rejoices with humor.
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Tony's sense of humor regarding his condition was irrepressible. He could have written in serious and somber tones about waking in the middle of the night in need of immediate medical treatment, but in his own jocular way, he brings this frightening tale to life. He even composed a funny poem to his pain. [Tony put no graphics in this post, so I helped him out.][READ MORE]
Real estate news coverage is suspended from December 21 through December 31. Cancer treatment is nothing you would sign up for if you didn't need it. It's painful and it has numerous side effects. If you get queezy easily, you might want to skip this installment. If you want to appreciate how difficult this kind of treatment is, read on.