Eric Wilson Hill... Fighting for Life and Love
The 11th of August 2019 was not a very Good day.... A stomach ache that turned so severe I could barely stand up and made Me decide I had no choice but to head to the nearest Emergency Room.
At Elmhurst Hospital I was asked to swallow a liquid in order to scan my interior. After 3 shots of morphine I was able to swallow just a small amount. From what little they could see from the scan, I was rushed up to Emergency Trauma surgery where I was told if i did not go ahead with the surgery I had less than 24 hours to live , The situation was quite grave and the surgeon told me I had a very slim chance of survival but she promised to do her very best. a few hours later I awakened in recovery... I was here, still here, the World and I still One. In that 'Moment' I came to realize "Existence is pure Joy !'
A few days after the Surgery the Cancer was diagnosed as Lymphoma which has attacked my Stomach and now have two tumors on the Liver.
My new Journey is not far off... Miracles do occur in Life but I have decided against Chemo. Aside from the
normal side effects of Chemo, this particular 'cocktail' has the possibility and potency of stopping the heart.
I do not wish to play 'Russian Roulette" with my remaining months.
My Wish is to get home, have the Love, Comfort, support of Friends, Virtual Friends and my Wife.
Contributing to this Fund would assist :
~Getting Me Home from the Hospital ,
~Renting a Hospital bed for home
-Additional Nurse Aide Support aside from the 2 hour 5 day a week Hospice Care I will receive
~Assist in Monthly Expenses Rent, Utilities, etc
~ Allowing Helen, my wife, to take off 3 days a week to give us the opportunity to Love and Rejoice in our remaining Time together.
- Funeral, Cremation
I came to New York City the summer of 1965 ... "It was the Time when the Answer was blowing in the Wind. We were all dharma bums howling on the Coney Island of the Mind and men eighteen to thirty five were looking for a way out of the draft"
from Eric's unpublished memoir.
Some Fond Memories:
The Life I have shared with My Muse, My Love, My wife, Helen A. Hill... JP, a solid and deep rooted friendship of 50 years, collaborating and opening The Equinox Bookshop in London... Watching Scarlet blossom as a young child while her Papa was touring and Charlotte,
my cultural Parisian mentor & friend,... Jack Hogg, forever the Southern gent,
Tom, Tuulikki, Jean Marc, Helen Junku and I immersed in the Beauty of photography,
Shadow and Light.
Quite fortunate to have Clients turn into Friends:
Karen & Cliff, Stefanie Powers & Tom, Bob & Julie, Ross & Janice, Kate & Tom, Diko & Ellie, Steve & Alicia, David & Linda, Deborah Wiley, Marianne & Bruno, Michael Gordon... creating the Look and Atmospheric Vibes for the Restaurants Petrossian, Il Bucco,
Mamo.and working on Exhibits for Madame Tussauds Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
In Death All that we leave with are Memories.
Cherish them and hold them dear. Sending my Love and Gratitude to Everyone out there~
Savor each and every moment.
Fill it with Love, Joy and Compassion to those near and far. Amazing to think in this World, the Internet holds a real place, Friends and Strangers coming together, You are not Alone.
THANK YOU, With LOVE, Gratitude & Good Cheer, ~Eric