A life well lived

This is Lorie with the final blog post. Michael passed away at home on Tuesday, July 9th. Our lives will be forever changed. He left his mark on the world and educated many along the way. My heart is truly shattered. I’m told time eases the pain. Thank you for all of your love and support and hopefully this will help sustain us. May his memory be a blessing.

22 thoughts on “A life well lived

  1. Dear Lorie, my heart goes out to you. My David died Dec 22 , HPVp16after sever reaction to 5fu. They were diagnosed within a month of each other
    Life is forever changed , and thanks to Michael, more have been made aware. Hugs, Carol

  2. I am very sorry for your loss, Lorie. Michael left a legacy of empowerment through knowledge and there is no greater gift IMHO. My thoughts, prayers, and wishes for comfort at this time are with you and your family, including little sweetie Humphrey. May light, love, and God’s promise that death is temporary and that you will see Michael again help you during this most difficult time. Love, Brenda

    • Lorie – Although I have been expecting this outcome, I still gasped when I saw the news of Michael’s death. Thank you, your daughters, and Sir Humphrey for letting us into your lives. Please, take care of each other. I gave my little boy an extra long hug tonight.

  3. Reading his work was so informative to me. What a special gift he had. My prayers and peace to you and your family.

  4. No words to express my sorrow for your loss. Michael inspired all of us and his love for his family and the support that you all provided to him was evident in everything that he said and did. Please know that he would never have been able to do and be all that he was on every level if it wasn’t for you and your love. Know that the difference that he made for the world is yours as well and we are all forever grateful for all that you have given to all of us. Sending tons of love and prayers to all of you.

  5. Michael’s Family,

    I have been following Michael’s blog for several years. As my family and I have whethered a similar path of anxiety and heartache, we found his chronicle of the ups and downs of battling cancer to be inspirational and enlightening. While I have never met Michael, I have grown to know and love him.
    I hope you understand howmuch he gave our community and, how much we appreciate him!

    A loud “Booyah” for Michael Becker!


    • Extreme sadness , can’t described,
      Many thanks for his inspirational guidance during cancer treatment of my wife.

  6. I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. May your good memories sustain you in this difficult time.🙏🏻

  7. Im saddend for your entire family.
    Michael’s journey will live on and impact many, many lives.
    Thank you for sharing and allowing us into your lives and I wish you all strength and much love .

    My husband just finished treatment for hpv throat cancer and we are humbled by your journey.

    Sending prayers to you all.


  8. Lorie, our deepest condolences to you and your beautiful girls. What an amazing man! We are so thankful to have known him and thankful that he did this important work to spread the word about HPV vaccinations. We can directly relate his work to saving future lives. I know that he will be so deeply missed and we will be praying for you all during this terribly sad stage of your journey. Love, Mark and Elise Green

  9. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. His blog was a source of comfort to me when I found it after my husband was diagnosed with the same cancer. His wisdom and honesty led me to read 3 years of his blog late one night when I couldn’t sleep and needed information. The love he had for you and your girls was intertwined with his vast knowledge and experiences and made his writing enthralling to me. I never met him but will always remember how he helped me. He took readers on his journey in hopes of saving lives. I will do my part to help his crusade. God bless your family.

    • I share this journey, as my husband and Michael were diagnosed at same time. His blog was instrumental in my continuing effort to bring HPV awareness to others.

    • I’ve been wanting to write something since I heard about Michael’s death and couldn’t quite find the words – but Deryn’s message sums it up so well. Micheal’s honesty about his situation helped not only those going through the same kind of cancer, but for those of us who are caring for our partner going through it. Seeing your lovely smiling face in the pictures with Micheal always reminded me that I’m one of many many people around the world who are also supporting their partner and family through this and it made me feel less alone. So thank you, Lorie. Please know you are in our thoughts.

      • Daryn, you expressed your thoughts beautifully. I had a similar reaction in that I knew I was not alone and pray as time goes by, the medical world will be more successful. However, I believe it starts with us. It has now been 7 months since my David succumbed to a very bad reaction to a 30 year old cancer therapy in a geographical area with 6th highest incidence of p16.

  10. Dear Lori, I am so sorry for you loss! Michael was a great man and will be missed by many. He has left an amazing legacy. Rest In Peace Michael!

  11. I feel so sorry for you, your daughters and Humphrey for the loss of your man. This feels so unfair.
    I am sure he must be better where he is now.

    My thoughts are with you.

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