the best man i've ever known has let go of this world

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a few minutes after three o'clock monday morning my father drew in his last breath. he lay in bed in the palliative care ward of the wesley hospital. my brother was with him holding his hand. our mother, his north star, his forever love was there too. i was crashed out on a couch in a visitor lounge, having turned andrew out of the same couch an hour earlier, after many hours, of sitting our father's final vigil. he drew in his last breath. he let it go. and he let go of this world.he had been a long time dying. a cancer diagnosis more than five years ago. small skirmishes and border wars with lesser cancers in the years since. he'd fought the good fight but in the end he was overwhelmed by his nemesis, an aggressive, relentless angiosarcoma.  john birmingham lost his father to cancer this week.  photo: ben rushtonthe cancer did not care that he was a good man, the best i've ever known. it did not care that he was loving and loved. it just took him. but we cared.so let me te......

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