Dave Weeks

Unknown to August 20, 2002

This is a picture of the love of my life, my husband and soulmate, Dave Weeks. He had also a great love affair with the game of golf besides being president of his own corporation. He was first diagnosed with melanoma in January of 1997 with a rare case of malignant melanoma under his right thumbnail. By the end of January, 1997 he had had surgery to amputate the majority of his right thumb. By the beginning of February he had been to see the oncologist and started regular appointments every 3 months. They advised just as a precaution to try interferon but it was such an abnormally high dose that he had to quit. There is much to be said for the quality of life. It was his decision as it was his life. He had so many surgeries I lost track. This was minor compared to the last month of his life. In July of 2002, he started having great stomach problems and finally his family practitioner admitted he could go no further. We went to the stomach specialist who immediately set up a ct scan within 3 days. The day of the scan, we were told to go directly across the street and be admitted to the hospital. I was told he had some sort of obstruction in the small bowel. When they operated, they told me afterwards that they did a resection to solve that problem but the larger part of this is that there were nodules everywhere and that it was very advanced. It would be very quick. He was in the hospital for 10 days knowing his outcome. I don't know how he did it. He came home on 8-2-02 and died on 8-20-02 at home. He was 60 years old. I didn't want to make this sound like a medical journal because there was so much more to him than the melanoma. He had a great sense of humor and very positive attitude about all the tests he had to have. He never complained once. I believe to the bottom of my soul that he knew all of this deep inside. We had just moved into a brand new house and I think under normal circumstances I would have gotten more resistance from him but I think this was his way of making sure I was closer to my family.

I'll love you forever, Honey.
Love, Kathy