Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day +28 the beginning of the end.

Today was the day we were supposed to see if the bone marrow was working.

Today we had a family meeting.

Today we were told that despite our efforts things could not go on.

The doctors stood above my fathers bed as he informed myself, my mother, my brother, and my Bubbie that the chemo had been too strong and had destroyed his liver and kidneys. It had gotten so bad that there was nothing more they could do.

Now we just have to make sure he's comfortable.

He's still awake and alert enough to know what's going on. He made sure to tell my brother and my mother and I how much he loves us and to tell us his wishes.

He's also alert enough that he's asking to see this post.


  1. On behalf of all my family please know that our hearts and prayers go out to everyone. We love you all. Linda Kate, Kate Linda

  2. We care about you so much and our hearts go out to every one of you. Jonathan, you are a trooper and you have so much strength to have gone through all this. If you need anything, absolutely anything, we are all here for you and your family.

    Love you so much,
    - The Levitskys

  3. From the Petrini Family, your Dad and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your family bond will get you through this. Your Dad has endured amazing challenges with tremendous spirit and determination. Bless you all!

  4. Hi guys, I can't tell you how devastated i am to read this. All of you have been so strong and inspiring throughout this whole journey. Jonathan, you are a true warrior to have gone through everything that you had to, while maintaining such an incredible positive outlook. If there is ANYTHING i can do for you guys, I am a phone call away!

  5. Tell Jonathan we love him very much. To the rest of the family - we are with you in spirit, thoughts and prayers and are only a phone call away.

    Tammy and Alex

  6. To Mr. Grossman and his family, together you have fought a valiant battle against an unforgiving disease. We are privileged to have followed your journey and will continue to carry the hope that you have imparted upon us in the days ahead.

    John N.

  7. Julie and Family, my thoughts, prayers and wishes are with all of you during this time. As Shayne said anything we can do for you guys we are always a call away. Thinking of you. - Barby

  8. Dear Jonathan,

    You are a wonderful and courageous man -- and you and your family are an inspiration to us all.

    Much love,

    Sarah and Janis

  9. Your family is one of the strongest I have ever come across. You have inspired a lot of people... I'm sorry that things have been so tough.

  10. Jonathan, Julie, Jessica, and Jason My thoughts are with you all at this time. Jonathan you have always been like a big brother to me, through the years, I hope that you arent in any more pain, and that they are keeping you comfortable there. You have always been a trooper. I do believe in miracles and hope that you all do as well. If any of you need anything please let me know. Jessica you should be very proud of yourself and your accomplishments with your blogs. Follow in your dad's footsteps, your an awesome family and am very proud to have known you guys for as long as i have. Try and keep your chins up. Tell Jonathan I am thinking about him every day and have been asking Brian to send my regards. Hugs to all of you! Love alexandra

  11. Dear Jonathan, You have been such a true and dear friend for so long. I am proud to say as much! God bless you. Love, Cathy.

  12. Wendy Fish GrossmanAugust 26, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Jonathan, Julie, Jessica and Jason, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I do believe in miracles and you are definetely entitled to one. At a time like this you remind us all just how important family and the gift of friendship truly are. Please tell Jonathan I am thinking about him and wishing for his miracle. I wish you all strength. Love, Wendy

  13. My thoughts are with you all, Jonathan, Julie, Jessica and Jason - I feel I cannot express my feelings adequately at this point - but I want you to know that I am thinking of you all very deeply, and I wish I could be closer to you all, to be more supportive at this time.

    All my love

  14. Jonathan,
    I’m so sorry about this terrible turn of events. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I wish you and your family continued strength.
    Hoping that somehow things will turn around.

  15. Dear Jonathan,Julie,Jessica,Jason,your folks & siblings, you're a wonderful family & we can't express how awfully sorry we feel to know what you've been going through. Jonathan,you always have a wonderful smile, good sense of humour and a hearty laugh. Try to keep it up as difficult as it may be. We believe in miracles and are wishing for one for you. Jessica, you're doing an amazing job on your blog. We are thinking of all of you and our prayers are with you. Our love to you all and G_d Bless you all.
    All our love.....Helaine & Phil Cohen

  16. Dear Jonathan,Julie,Jessica and Jason,
    Our love and thoughts are with you. We are so sorry to hear what you are going through. Jonathan, I have a clear memory of you one time at Mark and Sheryl's pool, with camera in hand and a big smile on your face-always a big smile! We are praying for you.

    Love,Shelley,Brian and Dylan

  17. Dear Grossman family, I've been following your posts regularly. My mother had AML. I'm praying for a turn of events. I'm so sorry for what you're going through.

  18. We want to send our hugs and love to the family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. With Love - Vanda, Jeremy and Jack Westin

  19. Dear Jonathan:
    You wonder at Alaska, your patience with those of us who could not comprehend the modern miracles that you so easily embraced, your joy in your children, your love of Julie - this is what I think of when I think of you.
    The four of you must swirl yourselves in the love that surrounds you.
    You are all in my heart

  20. Julie knows us - We heard from Sarah and just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With love from Fay and Frank.

  21. My family is about to take on this journey, a marrow match has been found. I sympathize with your family. I pray you will be ok.

    Joanne Erazo