My brother Angelo went into the hospital on March 1, 2013 complaining of stomach pain and rectal bleeding. He was told it was cancer. After all the testing, he was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer. He was only 46-years-old. He had an ileostomy, and started the aggressive chemo treatments that he would continue for the rest of his life if he wanted to survive past September of that year. He fought and he made it past September. In fact, he made it past three Septembers! He was able to celebrate our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary, he got to see the birth of his first grandson, and almost got to meet his first granddaughter. He also got to know the Lord and love Him as his Savior.
Angelo fought for three years. In April of this year, he decided that it was time to let his body rest. He requested to be placed into hospice and spent the last 11 days of his life constantly surrounded by our whole family – knowing he was loved very much. He went home to Our Lord on April 24, 2016, just two weeks shy of his 50th birthday. We love and miss him so much.
We pray for all those fighting this horrible disease. We pray for their families, for strength, and courage to walk this journey with them. And we pray the someday, there will be a cure.
Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Angelo, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through Your mercy, rest in peace. Amen.