Had just written a whole paragraph about him in an email to a friend two days ago, and was wondering how he was doing.
I felt especially inspired to hear how he had not been into hugging at all, noticed at CGW1 how much he loved it, and then went back home and came out to his friends as a hugger.
And then of course how he would just stand there at CGW5 with open arms and strangers would spontaneously hug him, while I was still considering whether I'd actually have the courage to "ask a stranger for a hug".
He was a model for me that growth is possible, that you can go back home from a workshop and change your life for real.
I also remember how he shared his intention to at least become the happiest person living with cancer.
And how he came back from Wholefoods with glowing eyes, saying he had been to paradise, because that's how Wholefoods felt to him, since they only have very small organic stores in Belgium.
Thanks, Steve, for posting the links - I just noticed that Babelfish does a pretty good job at translating his last blog posts. Here are two small and by no means representative parts of the (long) April 18 one.
He had just heard a week before that traditional medicine had given him up, that unlike what he had thought, the chemo he was doing wasn't meant to heal him, but only to prolong his life:
" The last couple of weeks have been enormously heavy emotionally. I have never had it that heavy, in fact. I weeped a lot. Writing this, I fight tears coming. The state of my emotions also changes from day to day. But generally I sit in one of the five stages of grief. (...) (...) (...)
I don't find it that terrible after all to die. I know that this is not the end.
My conscience will continue anyway. Death is simply the next step, and I will know earlier than you what comes after death! I'm curious! I'm looking forward to it! Aren't you jealous now?
Hope you get to hug lots of people wherever you are right now, Daan!