Obituary for a year—Collected excerpts written from 2018 to 2020 during my father's illness and subsequent death. It has been days since he passed.
In March of 2018 my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. During that summer, he underwent radiation and chemotherapy followed by a partial gastrectomy to remove the cancer from his stomach and esophagus. In March of 2019, my family learned that his cancer
metastasized to his spine, causing debilitating back pain. I was studying abroad in The Netherlands at the time and decided to leave on account of my father's illness. I spent the following few months with him before moving back to New York for the summer. He died later that year in October of 2019.