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Leonard A. Esteb 2-23-33 to 11-4-09

leonard-esteb.jpgI’ve mentioned my Dad and his cancer in previous postings, notably his diagnosis in The Symptom Sleight of Hand in June of 2008 and his cancer-free scan in Answered Prayers back in February. He passed away this past Wednesday evening with a vengeful return of the lymphoma that took down my Mom back in 1991.

Based on my previous postings it would easy to throw in an “I-told-you-so” and extol the virtues of proper diet and lifestyle, but when it’s your own flesh and blood, such an off-handed approach is inappropriate. And while I’m quick to attribute his additional 18 years to the chiropractic care I was able to convince him to avail himself of after Mom’s passing, who can be sure? Without a parallel universe (which Microsoft may be working on), I’m not sure you can automatically attribute his longer life to the two chiropractors who attended to him.

But I will.

I’m thankful that I was able to say my goodbyes and let my Dad know how much I loved and appreciated him for being the Dad he was. After meeting so many people who were not complete with a loved one when they died, especially a parent, if you find yourself in such a situation today, I hope you’ll attend to this matter immediately. If my plea causes you to take action, It would at least help me make more sense of Dad’s needless passing at such an early age.

If there’s someone in your life that needs forgiveness or an apology, will you forgive and apologize? Today? If some of your “I-love-yous” aren’t up to date, will you bring them current? You don’t want to miss out on this, I promise.

Comments (7)

Bryan Siegel, DC:

I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer in 92, he was only 58 yrs old. My mom and I had the fortunate opportunity to hold his hand as he passed.... a great man he was. Perhaps the only solitude was that i had the chance to be there with him during his last days on this earth. There is much to be learned from experiences like ours.... time is not promised to anyone... no guarantee that we will make it to the ripe old years.
I can tell that your dad did a great job by observing your integrity and demonstrative qualities. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.

Bryan Siegel, DC

Bob Wagner:

I lost my dad when I was 19 so for you to be able to enjoy him for so many years is indeed a blessing. Blessings to you and your family.

Bob Wagner

Our condolences to you and your family. May you have many wonderful and loving memories that will stay with you forever. Love is truly eternal.


I'm sorry to hear that your Dad Passed. Thanks for sharing such personal comments. I'm sure he was very proud of you. I got complete with my Dad and it was one of the best thing that I have ever done. Thanks for all that you do.
Mike Headlee

Catherine Owens:

Dear Bill....Your eulogy to your Dad reminded me of my Dad, who I believe enjoyed an additional 11 years of life because of chiropractic and nutraceutical support. Sending warm thoughts to you and your family to help you through this time.

Tom Close:

Dear Bill
I am grateful for your dad's part in helping you be who you are, though I never met him. Having lost my own dad, my best friend at the time, a couple of years ago, my heart goes out to you. Truth is, I didn't really lose him--I feel him in and around me anytime I need him. God bless you and your family always.
Tom C.

P Levesque:

Our prayers are with you and your family.

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