[J3] (SC22WG5.6069) Fwd: Stan Whitlock has completed his life

Steve Lionel steve at stevelionel.com
Tue Sep 4 08:59:09 EDT 2018

(From Stan's wife, Carolyn)

*Stanley Jay Whitlock (Feb. 27, 1948 - Sept. 3, 2018)*

Dear Family and Friends,

Seven weeks ago, on July 9th, Stan had exploratory surgery on his neck 
in hopes of finding out what was causing the severe headaches and neck 
pain he had been having since the end of February/beginning of March. 
  As most of you know, the next week, we were told that he had 
metastasized pancreatic cancer cells in his neck.  On July 19th, he 
began a series of ten radiation treatments that we were told should kill 
the cancer cells in his neck and relieve his neck pain and headaches but 
not stop the cancer elsewhere in his body.

When those treatments were completed, Stan began chemotherapy on August 
14th.  A few days after the first treatment, Stan fell at home.  That 
was the first of 7 falls over the next week.  On Sunday, August 19th, 
Stan fell again and hit his head on the hardwood floor.  He said it felt 
different this time and agreed to have the EMTs take him to the 
hospital.  He was there for three nights.  His oncologist told him it 
was time for him to go into hospice care; that he had six to nine weeks 
to live.  Needless to say, that was a shock to us all.

Stan was moved to the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on 
August 22nd.  The hospice doctor said she thought the timeline was 
shorter than the prediction of the hospital’s oncologist.  She lessened 
the time to four to six weeks.  That was 12 days ago.

Late this afternoon, Jen and I were in Stan’s hospice room and all three 
of us were taking a nap.  Jen woke up and the room was quiet.  Stan had 
been breathing heavily when we dozed off.  She said, “Mom, I think Dad 
has gone.”  So I went over to his bed to check on him and called for the 
nurse who confirmed that his life had ended.

There will be no funeral but we will have a Celebration of Life for him 
when the family feels ready.  I will let you all know when that time comes.

Thank you to all who visited Stan in the hospital and hospice house, 
sent cards and emails expressing your concern, best wishes for relief of 
his pain, and your love.  It meant a lot to all of us.  Stan will rest 
in peace knowing that so many people cared about him.

With love and appreciation for your caring,

Carolyn, David, and Jen Whitlock

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