God saw you getting tired,
when a cure was not to be.
So, He wrapped His arms around
you and He whispered "Come to me."
You didn't deserve what you went through,
so He gave you needed rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST.
Frances & Kathleen Coelho
For those blessed to know him, Robert "Bo" Greenwell was a treasure that many believe was set on this Earth specifically to bring joy and perfect harmony to the love of his life, Kim. Who would have ever thought that this man would leave so soon, let alone so swiftly? But his zest for life leave many of us with great peace in knowing his suffering, while extensive and brutal, was extremely short and his chariot through the pearly gates was swift, just as we are certain was his one request to the Lord if he was to be leaving this Earth.
His struggles were placed at his feet swiftly and with immediate confirmation; November 10th, Cancer. On November 23rd his battle had begun in full force. To the ER for Pulmonary Embolism in both lungs. The scans all indicated not only the worst possible news, but in multiple areas of his body. The jaw, the neck, the lungs, the liver, the pancrease and the spine had evidence of this disease. This cancer was no longer silent. It was screaming. The conversations between Kim and Bo were open and honest. Bo was a "Guy Guy" and not one to mince words or his beliefs. Except when it came to Kim. The one woman in his life he never wanted to disappoint. So he agreed to fight.
The first chemo treatment was supposed to begin on 12/6. One 12/5 while being educated on the in's and out's of chemo, it was found he had pneumonia. Delay #1 and second trip to stay in the hospital for 2 nights. The following week he was able to receive his initial treatment in this "chemo dance". This dance we refer to was one of great pain, disappointments, fearful realities and battles of balance to keep treatments on course and the body in shape to continue this fight he promised. Multiple trips to the ER for relief of the fluid that was rapidly accumulating in his body, breathing treatments, low blood pressure readings and more, than we are able to mention. All in the heroic efforts to restore the fragile balance to keep Bo in the fight. His days at home were less than those spent in the ER or hospital. The days began to be jumbled as you can imagine.
On December 17th much changed in his story of beating this monster called cancer. Bo was at home with Kim and she noticed his speach became very jumbled and she was not able to make sense of his words. Kim knowing much due to her extensive career in the medical field, feared the worst. A trip to the ER confirmed Bo had suffered a stroke, TIA. His once muscular, outdoor rugged physique was quickly wasting away, because of the pain in jaw and difficulty in swallowing, he was unable to enjoy meals like before. In the span of just a couple weeks Bo's battle was evident just in his appearance. But his fight continued for his bride of 8 short years.
The Holidays passed week after week. While the world celebrated, Kim and Bo navigated to and from the hospital for multiple ER visits, missing what we now painfully know to have been his last Christmas and New Years this side of Heaven. Spending Christmas and New Years in the ER are now a part of their memory. The chemo dance continued as the doctor's explained that due to insurance limitations, if he was in the hospital on the date of his next scheduled chemo treatment, he would be denied his valuable thread of hope. Delay #2 The doctors worked feverishly to get the ascites on his belly to deminish. Drugs, belly taps, limited intake. His liver was just not able to keep up and filter. Prayer warriors on overtime, January 2nd Bo was able to receive chemo #2. Followed the very next day with a trip to the ER and soon after, admission into ICU. His breathing was labored and his stats were low across the board. His BP was dangerously low and the pressure from the liquid on his belly was painful and causing the heart to suffer and the lungs to expand.
On Thursday, January 4th the decision was made to intubate Bo to relieve the body of the distress it was going through in this fight and treat him for the complications as they arise. Delay #3- the greatest of delays. Early morning of January 7th, Bo entered the the House of the Lord.
His time here with us was short, but the joys and things he was able to accomplish in his short 48 years here blessed so many. Just in true Bo fashion, he went hard on the playing field and left nothing to wonder about. His quality was immesasurable and his dedication to those he loved a top priority.
Bo leaves behind his beautiful wife, Kim with things he would never have wished to leave her. The bills that accumulated are overwhelming. One of the saving graces in this painful process is, Bo's untimely death was with what seems to be lightening speed. In less than 60 days Bo was gone. What could have been a fight that built unmanagable debt, in the end, I believe Bo and God made a deal. If you can't make me healed here on Earth to stay with the woman of my dreams, take me to live eternally and I will then wait for her to join me in Heaven, a promise Bo accepted to be a fair exchange.
We ask that you prayerfully consider an amount that will serve to bless Kim in Bo's memory to help alleviate the financial burden that has been left them. Her heart may be broken, and in true Kim fashion, she will weather this storm better than most, but any amount you choose to give will help her move past the monetary and get busy with the soulful navigation of her life on earth as she finishes this story of love, laughter and great strength.
Kim couragiously is left to raise her son Dawson and daughter Sable. She is surrounded by amazing family and friends to whom she is continually greatful to, for their support during this time. But as we all know, time passes and we all go back to our own struggles and life. Please continue to pray for this family as they clear the waters and adjust to their new normal without a man that set the bar high in enjoying life to it's fullest!
- Lori Price
- Tami Koenig
- Ken Ingram
- Bunny Greenwell
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