Just a few days before his passing, I sent him a message that went a little somethin' like this:
Seriously... I know we weren't close close at THE NUT (aka Massanutten Resort) when we worked there, but I feel what you are going through, I really do! I wrote on your facebook wall but I wanted to send you this message. I HAVE CANCER ALSO!! However, cancer needs a new name. I believe the word cancer is vague and over-rated! Who knows how long the thing them doctors call a "tumor" has been in my brain, but it has been a journey. I have known it has been there for almost nine months now. Eight months ago I had a biopsy to evaluate what type it was. People look at cancer as a terrible thing, and yes there have been challenges, but its like you mentioned earlier, those challenges are like the river, when they arise they only make you stronger and appreciate life more. I have felt like I have been on a roller-coaster ride of challenging beauty!! I admire your courage, you are a strong man! The universe has chosen this for you because you can handle this and it will create a large influence on yourself as well as others and uplift your life to an even higher level!! I don't feel sorry for you! HAHAHAHA I admire you. Welcome to the journey of getting to appreciate and see a new meaning of life at such a young age. You are lucky! How beautiful that you have this thing they call CANCER! Not everyone gets to have this gift. I am here for you! If you want to talk do not hesitate to reach out.
Much love , Gabby
P.S. Brian your blog is outstanding, I have enjoyed reading your words. They bring to me inspiration and strength throughout my own journey!
Brian has been and still is, an amazing influence in my life with his strength, passion and outlook on life and the universe. Thank you Brian for making the world a better place and for bonding together our Massanutten, "The Nut" crew! Much love to Brian's family and friends in his time of passing into the next realm out there! Death is a miracle as well :)
"In paddling terms, it seems like it's kind of the unportageable and unscoutable. Guess you can only run it blind once...time to charge!" ~Brian Jennings