Life sucks and then you die

October 26, 2011 at 2:18 am (Uncategorized)

I’m shaken. After we had booked the location for our wedding, I started to write e-mails to friends, telling them to save the date and that we’d love to have them as our guests at the wedding. Yesterday, e-mails from said friends kept popping up, basically stating that they’d love to come. But one e-mail was very, very depressing and very sad. One of my friends back from college wrote that she’d save the date – the disturbing thing was that she didn’t mention her husband. A couple of minutes later, she wrote another e-mail telling me that he had died in August. Bloody brain tumor. I knew he’d had two operations before and I knew that he had been in some kind of coma for a couple of weeks in spring. What I didn’t know was that he had lost the battle against that fucking tumor in August. It’s just not fair. When I was still living in Salzburg, I used to visit my friend and her husband frequently – they lived across the street, she and I had graduated together and been through the whole “OMG we need to finish our dissertation before time runs out”-thing. When I moved to Vienna, we didn’t talk much – occasionally, we’d see each other when my fiance and me were visiting Salzburg. In spring, she told me that her husband was very sick; he’d had a brain tumor before, it had been cut out. But the damn thing grew back. So they cut it out again. After that, things became nasty. He had seizures and went into some kind of coma for a couple of weeks. After that, it was hospital and rehab and care for him – he wasn’t with his family since March. And I didn’t know simply because I didn’t call her or write an e-mail. Yesterday, she wrote me an e-mail stating that she’d save the date, followed by another mail telling me that he had died. It’s just not fair. He was a kind, funny guy. He loved his wife and his son. He’ll be missed. Georg – wherever you are – here’s to you. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be at your funeral – I simply didn’t know 😦

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