On May 18th Jamie was diagnosed with bladder cancer . While he and Deborah were still trying to absorb the devastating news and get treatment going Jamie suffered a major stroke on June 8th. For the next 3 months Jamie was recuperating from the stroke and chemo treatments, but was definitely making progress. So much so that he agreed to fly for the first time since 9/11. They flew to Wisconsin for a wedding and to meet their oldest son's girlfriends family in mid September.
The day after returning Jamie was scheduled to get a port installed to start the next chemo treatment. His leg had been in a lot of pain towards the end of their trip and especially so at the hospital that day. When looking in to it they discovered he had a blood clot almost the length of his leg almost taking the whole leg. As if things couldn't get any worse Jamie had to have emergency vascular surgery, and ended up being septic. After being on strong antibiotics for 10 days and being in the hospital for 17 long days with his wife and son by his side things were looking up. He was discharged to a rehab facility where he was going to gain back some strength to restart chemo treatments. On October 24th despite taking strong blood thinners, Jamie suffered another major stroke and a mild heart attack and was back in hospital. On October 28th Jamie and Deborah decided to go home with Hospice coming in to their home. Jamie passed away on November 7th surrounded by his family.
Jamie did not have any life insurance and hadn't been able to work since May. Deborah was also not able to work much since August so she could take care of Jamie. Words cannot express how difficult this has been on Deborah and her son's financially. This family has been through so much, lets find it in our hearts to help them fund Jamie's services and help with any immediate needs that they may encounter.
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