In loving memory of Shrim Nakhornsak who passed away on February 7, 2014 at the age of 34, from a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
The journey began and life as we knew it would no longer be the same. In the summer of 2012, Shrim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Our lives after that shifted quite a bit, it was still filled with lots of love, laughter, and joyfullness, but a lot of pain as well.
After his diagnosis, Shrim had a smooth, no complicated Whipple procedure done. The procedure consists of surgeons removing the head of the pancreas, most of the small intestine, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder, and associated lymph nodes (Hopkins Medicine). Shrim began a series of chemotherapy. During chemo days, Shrim was often sick and weak from the treatments. He remained hopeful, and received support and love from those around him. There was not much progress after the first series of chemotherapy. The approach to holistic methods made way, Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements (gerson.org). On this new therapy, Shrim was upright and walking about, not running but walking. His quality of life enhanced and he was even able to return back to work at AgCo. On October 28, 2013, Shrim celebrated his 34th birthday with a surpise party surrounded by his family and friends. The smiles and laughter came back. Hope remained.
The days after his birthday things started slowly changing, Shrim was often tired and weak. We celebrated the holidays the best we could. Hope remained.
In January 2014, Shrim was admitted into Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He stayed there for several weeks being monitored, radiation some days, colonoscopy on others, always managing the pain. The days were spent with visits from many people who loved him, snacks and small gifts in hand. Time was essential, they knew it, we knew it. The nights were longer, not much sleep, managed pain. Family rotated our nights with him. We celebrated Emberly, his wife's birthday, we ate and shared cake with the night staff nurses. Going into February in the cold weather, Shrim was transferred to hospice care at Sanford Hospital in Worthington, MN. We were home in the town he grew up, the commute for loved ones were within a few miles of the small town. Hope remained as loved ones shuffled in and out, some days we didn't allow visitation, the days were too hard. Superbowl party at the hospital visitor room, don't remember who won, the Vikings didn't play so it didn't matter.
The cold night lead into the early morning of February 7, we called loved ones in. Goodbye it was.
We Wage Hope in his memory. We keep his love alive by sharing his stories. We honor him by spreading our love.
Shrim loved fishing, it made him so very happy. He would go in rain, sunshine, warm, and cold. When he wasn't fishing, he was watching sports or playing Candy Crush Saga—you still can’t catch up to him. Shrim enjoyed all sports, but he will always cheer on and stay loyal to the Vikings through thick and thin.
Shrim was a selfless individual regardless of the situation, and he saw humor any place he could—even his own, on occasion. He was a true optimist and saw the best in everything and everyone—including the Vikings. He has inspired numerous individuals to enjoy life and love selflessly.
Forever in our hearts.
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