A good friend, David Patterson, lost his battle with lung cancer today. I guess lost isn’t the right word. I don’t know what the right word is. I hate the word lost. Didn’t have enough time to beat his cancer? I don’t know. Dave’s prognosis wasn’t good and within 5 short months of being diagnosed he is gone and it’s a fucking shame. Dave never smoked a day in his life and I’m not dumb enough to think that the only way you get cancer is from smoking. I had planned to see him 6 days prior, but his wife had to cancel as it was a bad day for him. That same day I had lunch with a friend who had seen him and it was bad. At that point I decided to not see him again……the right decision, but I wanted to see my friend. I felt and still feel like I abandoned him. I know he wouldn’t know who I was. He was drugged up. I chose not to see him because I wanted my last memory of him to be our lunch at Geaghan’s a few weeks before. I sort of knew I would be saying goodbye that day, but I couldn’t let myself make the conversation go that way. I guess I was still in denial about everything. I chose not to believe any of this fucking shitty diagnosis. A great person, mentor, coach who didn’t deserve this. Nor did his family deserve this. Nobody deserves this. I couldn’t believe any of it. I still don’t want to believe it. I just keep staring at my phone going over our last text messages….our last E-Mails. people say everything happens for a reason……so what’s the fucking great reason for this to happen? I’d love to hear it…….and that’s what sucks. There is no reason for it to happen to Dave or to anybody. I don’t believe in the afterlife or any of that bullshit, but if for some reason dave can see this……I love you man and until we meet again…………

David Patterson holds his son jack

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