Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Life Beyond 6 Months After Heidi's Death

Time for an update on my journey without Heidi - how I miss her!

CANCER: I got the fantastic news from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on April 1 right after reaching the summit of Kloshe Nanitch that all the abdominal scans to locate suspected new tumors (causing bleeding) showed NO SIGN of cancer!  And the bleeding has stopped, without any treatment!  I'm thanking God for a little miracle on that one and all of you for your prayers..

SHOULDER INJURY: A few weeks later, during a climbing safety class on Mount Rainier with The Mountaineers, I had a climbing accident and severely tore the tendons of my left shoulder and damaged muscles of my left arm.  Ironic, eh?  I've already started Physical Therapy in preparation for inevitable surgery after I meet the surgeon on May 13.

At least I am allowed to continue hiking and exercising within careful limitations.

GRIEF: All I can say is that I still feel ripped apart without Heidi.  I am still crazy in love with her and dumbfounded that she is gone.  But still determined to live a life for Christ that she would be proud of.  Outdoors adventures continue, with almost 40 hikes/climbs since she died..

A couple videos of hikes I've done, before and after the climbing accident are in the links at the end of this blog post. As always, thanks for your compassion.
- Joe


  1. Ouch, sorry about your upcoming surgery. Hope you'll recover quickly! As for the cancer-woohoo. Heidi.. Can't comment. No words can soften the cries of pain.

  2. Joe, I am sorry for you loss and continued pain in missing your wife. I feel deeply for you.
    I am encouraged to hear you have no sign of more cancer. Yes! I just got news that my cancer is back and spreading though out my bladder (http://paulblais.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunny-and-dark.html).
    Love and support from a stranger,
    Paul Blais

  3. Hi Joe, I'm 27 GP from Scandinavia, was searching for some particular information about cancer matastases and randemly got here, as a mistake, but I'm sure it wasn't. Started reading you blog, you are a greate man, and a good example of what we all should be, instead of being angry asking why God couldn't save your wife you thank Him for every little thing you get. Be blessed! I'm sure if Heide sees what is going on here she's endlessly proud of you.

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  13. Joe, it's remarkable how you have handled this! And remarkable that I found your blog; I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer on Christmas Eve, 2008. I underwent first a lumpectomy, then mastectomy followed by chemotherapy followed by radiation. I then had reconstruction surgeries. Then in August, 2011, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had surgery and they found bladder cancer during the surgery. After running tests for this, they found kidney cancer. They removed 20% of his kidney and have done 3 TURBTs on his bladder cancer. He is now scheduled for the BCG treatments. SO as you can see, we have MUCH in common!! So far, we have fared well with it all. I read all your and Heidi's posts and am so touched by them. I see that you have not posted in a year. I'm hoping that you are doing well. You are a very brave, strong man! I have a carepages site that I posted during my treatments but have not posted my husbands. If you care to read it, it is http://www.carepages.com/carepages/ruthlaurent

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  17. Joe, just read it, we feels sincerely sorry for the loss. Nothing can bring her back but we appreciate your efforts to be so lively and embracing life thereby fulfilling her desires.

  18. Dear Joe, I hope that you are well and continuing your love of life and of enjoying nature. I'm sorry about the loss of your wife. Your strength inspires me greatly. God bless you.

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  20. Hope you can recover soon with healthy mind and keep updating your knowledge on cancer symptoms