Maher Samet, Life Raft Group member in Tunisia, died Feb. 24, 2005. Fellow Life Rafter Bertrand de la Comble of France sent this message from his wife, Leila. Some of the words have been changed to smooth the translation from French. If only there was some way to change the pain that his wife and children are feeling.
Mid-year 2003, I thought I had an ulcer. Anti-ulcer medications seemed to help until year’s end. A visit to the primary physician and a referral to a gastroenterologist set me up for an endoscopy. Although this wise diagnostician admitted that he’d never seen a GIST, or gastrointestinal stromal tumor, he said it was a real possibility. His biopsy, however, was "inconclusive."
Rudi Holzapfel, poet, writer, scholar and owner of The Poor Sinner Bookshop in Tipperary, Ireland, died Feb. 6, 2005, after a 3 ½-year battle with GIST. Rudi loved all things beautiful. Aside from being an extraordinary poet, he loved old books and fine art.