Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:16 | North Carolina
LOVE always wins!
Dear Eric and family,
I, like many others, only learned of your story through your final video. Since then, I watched it countless times, along with every other blog & video you & your lovely wife have ever posted. I have been captivated by your story of strength, hope, bravery, and love because we share a connection.
I am only 33 years old and recently "won" my fourth fight with cancer. I understand your fear, your FIGHT mentality, your everlasting hope for a better tomorrow and the profound advantage of truly living in the moment. I think it is an advantage for some of us- to be able to appreciate and really be grateful for each moment you have. You and your family never took that for granted.
You are nothing less than a complete inspiration to me. You’re one of my heroes. I only hope that should I have to fight again, I can do it with the same strength, bravery, vitality, and persistence that you have. I have been praying for you since I saw your video on August 15, 2012. I’m praying that our gracious Lord wraps you in his arms, taking your pain and giving you peace and comfort. I pray that He comforts your family and gives them strength.
Cancer can be relentless. It takes our health, our hair, our sense of normalcy, our security that there's always tomorrow. For me, my breasts and ability to have more children were taken. Sometimes, it takes our lives here on Earth. BUT- cancer never took away my LOVE. The love for life. For my husband, my children, my family, my friends. The same for you, my friend. LOVE always wins and will always remain, long after we depart this Earth.
Your work on this Earth will continue after you go home- be proud of what you have accomplished here, Eric. You have touched more lives than you will ever know. You won.
Until we see each other in Heaven, peace my friend.
To Mary- thank you for posting an update. We love you!
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 01:21
WOW! Congratulation to you! You have lived a life to its fullest! What you have accomplished in your 28 years is truly miraculous! I am so moved by your heart of gold.
I watched your final video tonight and I have been captivated by your story, courage, strength and love. I am mezmorized by your ability to keep on keepin on! You have done everything God wanted you to do. You have fullfilled your duties on earth and gone beyond...
You have taught so many to apprecite the life we are given and to live each day to the fullest.
We are all on borrowed time and we never know what each day will bring. My prayer is that when I leave this world, I have done something as phenomenal as you have!
You have impacted my life and I thank you for sharing your life story. God bless you and your wife and family.
Your legacy will live on and thats all one can hope for. You passed your assignment with flying colors!
Thank you Erik!
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:29 | House Springs, MO
I have watched your "Confession Final" video several times, since first seeing last week. I have cried with you. My heart goes out to you Eric. I can not imagine what you are going through. I have a 29 year old son, which is probably why I feel such a conncection with you. I can not imagine the fear and sorrow you and your family must be experiencing.
Your willingness to share such a personal experience is beyond brave. Your doctor was right you have won your battle. Because you have touched so many with your life. Your life, here on earth, has had great purpose.
I know you will be joining God soon, there is no doubt you will be in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:05 | Tomahawk, WI
God Bless You and Keep You
I watched the "Final Confession" video and was moved to tears and have not been able to get you and your family out of my mind. I have prayed daily asking Jesus to wrap you in His love and light, to comfort you and your family in this unbearable time. I have also registered to "Be The Match" in honor of Eric McLean. I Never would have done this had I not seen your video and learned your story. May God Bless You and Keep You and Your Family too. You have inspired so many with your fight and your courage. See you Someday in a place we will all go Home to one day. God Bless.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:28
I am asking GOD to wrap you in his arms and to remove any fears and pain you may have. I am storming the heavens asking for comfort for your wife and family. No pretty platitudes from me Cancer Sucks !
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 07:54 | Houston TX
You have deeply touched my heart. You are are strong, brave man.
I was in a similar situation about 5 years ago with my bf. At the time, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and went into recession as well. But towards the end, treatments weren't working anymore, and he passed away at the age of 28.
You and your family are in my prayers. Bless you all.
Monday, 20 August 2012 20:45 | Brasil - Recife - Pernambuco
Fé na Vida
Eric, fé na vida, fé no que virá... Os mistérios da vida só Deus para saber... Me como vi com sua luta, você é um guerreiro... Quem dera eu tivesse o poder de te tirar dessa numa lágrima derramada... Um beijo em seu coração, fique com Deus.
Monday, 20 August 2012 11:57
As a young adult, having those moments when you are scared to die is mentally healthy. When I was a newly married, young adult of 25, I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. Even though I wasn't in pain, the diagnosis itself was so frightening it made me vomit----and then later I cried a lot ----in private. I didn't want to be scared because I thought as an adult, I should be able to handle it, and I hoped my faith would carry me through so that I wouldn't have to be afraid.
After years of waiting and watching to see if the cancer would metastasize, I was finally told "not to worry" about it spreading. I have watched your final video four times----because I recognize my younger self in you and remember how scared I was as a young adult with cancer. I finally realized that my being scared was my 25-year-old mind's way of dealing with it and expressing how much I loved life and how much I wanted to live longer and be able to experience this world with all its beauty and love. ----So, that is what I learned: A young adult being scared of facing death is the flip side of passionately loving life. You love life and want to live more of it. That is a simple but beautiful truth.
If I were in charge of miracles, I would send one your way. Peace to you, too.
I am happy you know love and are surrounded by it.
"God is Love," and "Love never ends."
Sunday, 19 August 2012 22:01
Eric, I was reading the news and just happened on your Confession Final. My heart is breaking for you. And for your wife, parents, family, and friends. I have no good words to say. Nothing that would be some great revelation to assist you in this last bit of your journey. The only words I have is that I'm praying for you and your family. Again, my heart is breaking. There has been much death in my family, so I understand where your family stands. They love you so much. Spend every minute with them. If I could hug you physically, I would, but instead I'm sending cyber hugs. I grieve for you and I grieve for your family. As I said, there are no words, so I don't know how to finish this. I will simply say you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are a brave and courageous young man. I agree with your doctor -- you won.
D. William Hughes
Sunday, 19 August 2012 21:36 | NYC
You are VICTORIOUS
Eric and Family,
As I sit here trying to wipe the tears from my eyes, I take a deep breath and allow my fingers to spell out the words for you to read in the hope that the message will be heard loud and clear! ERIC, you are victorious!! 10 yrs ago you were told the worst news imaginable and given the worse case scenario yet you were victorious! Each passing year you were dealt a blow and yet overcame adversity and strife to live another day to tell your story - you are victorious!! Last year you were joined to Cari Lynn in holy matrimony and shared a beautiful year, through ups and downs, yet still together side by side - you are victorious!! Your wonderful foundation is making great strides towards providing support and care to many unfortunate souls battling similar illnesses; all made possible because you were brave enough to make your story public - you are victorious!!! I, David, am a changed man and have a greater outlook on life and understanding how to overcome personal strife because I have been deeply moved and profoundly touched by your courageous fight - you are victorious!!! VICTORY is overcoming adversity! VICTORY is facing a life challenge head on; face to face; eye to eye and PROCLAIMING, NOOOOOO, I will not give up; I will keep on fighting; VICTORY is making the greatest impact on lives with the simplest of intentions. I can sit here and say that your message has reached me and hundreds of thousands of people - a feat I am sure you never thought imaginable. And believe me, it will not end here. I will take your message with me everywhere I go. I will attempt to wear your wristband at every international port I visit and will be sure to share your life and message to anyone that will hear me. You live on through all who carry your message in their hearts. So Eric, you ARE VICTORIOUS!!! Rest up my friend, you have fought bravely and strongly. This isn't goodbye-see you again (or in our case, I look forward to meeting you in person sometime in the future). God Bless you ALWAYS!!!!