As I face the inevitable of not knowing when my father will pass, I know that because of him, I will be able to get through it. All that I am as a son, brother, father, and person is not something that will end because of his death. More importantly, because I am my father's son and the relationship I have had with him, I will carry it on in who I am.
I share another bond with my father -- prostate cancer, the disease that took his life five years ago at the ripe old age of 89. I'm 66, so depending on how rapidly my cancer is progressing, I may not make it that far. Either way, this legacy is likely the last gift I'll ever receive from my father.