May 9, 2017

In Memory of David Mendosa

On May 8, 2017, the diabetes community lost one of it icons. David Mendosa was a writer about diabetes and maintained a positive attitude while doing it. David had many followers around the world that thanked him for many of his articles. They made this known as his health was declining.

On Tuesday, April 4, a CT scan at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado (near his home in Boulder) showed that he had liver cancer.

Later that day, the hospital took a biopsy, and the results came back on Thursday, April 6. The results of the biopsy showed that David had angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of sarcoma, and it is incurable.

David's attitude was from the beginning and remained absolutely normal. David is a Buddhist and this has given him compassion for himself and has taught him not to deny reality.

David decided to forgo chemo and accept the normal course completely. David reported that on April 28, he started to have falls and was getting weaker. He was also having help with putting up the daily journal entries and several of his friends were helping him.

For me, I have lost a valuable friend that helped me in many ways – from diabetes to writing about diabetes. He also introduced me to others that became important to me.

Rest in peace David, until we meet again.

1 comment:

Denise @ Do you have that in my size??? said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Bob.

I was sad to read David's entry last week, as that was the first I'd heard of his illness. He certainly handled the situation with grace and dignity; I hope I'll have some of both when my time comes.