Monday, April 28, 2014

Cancer Sucks

I will apologize right upfront for the tone of this post. I am sharing something deeply personal and it will not be my most entertaining post.

Saturday, April 21st 2014, my husband's brother, Geoff Gibson, lost his battle with brain cancer. A few years ago he was diagnosed with a melanoma on his back. Doctors removed it and he was given the all clear. Unbeknownst to anyone, the cancer traveled up his spinal cord into his brain. It was massively aggressive. He took part in several trials, surgeries, chemo, laser treatments, doing everything he could to fight the invasion. In November he told us that the doctors had given him 3 months to live... 10 months prior. He lived fairly normally for 4 more and then started to bleed into his brain. They installed a shunt to drain it, twice, but it was really just to make him comfortable. Geoff came from Dallas to Tyler to see us and to relax in the country at the end of March. The visit was nice; Geoff was himself. But he had to be removed by an ambulance when he became unresponsive. The tumors were growing, pushing on the parts of his brain that control vision and hearing. He got to live out his last month at home with tons of friends visiting him everyday. He had a seizure, the first of many, a couple weeks ago, went into a coma and didn't wake up.

We celebrated his life and paid tribute to this art and nature lover this weekend in Dallas. His favorite pub, The Dubliner, closed to the public on Saturday and opened to friends and family. We were comforted by the large crowd. Geoff was loved and will be missed. He left us too soon, not even 45 years old.

Geoff believed that a cure was right around the corner. Help make his belief a reality. Donate to cancer research. 

Geoff and his now 21 year old son.

Author Natalie Gibson


  1. Every loss is terrible, but when one is so young its even more heartbreaking. My brother is 42 years old and has just had his second tumor removed from his neck and back. They found two more smaller ones and have removed them as well. I'm scared, he's scared and there is nothing we can do but pray for a miracle. So sorry for your loss.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We just lost a best friend to colon cancer in March. he was only 33 years old. Seems like cancer is hitting more and younger.Hard not to feel hopeless.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss. Cancer is a terrible illness.


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