|The Real Steve Cichon|
A Tribute to My Relationship with My Ol'Man
From the Preface:
My ol'man, Steven P. Cichon, died Palm Sunday, 2010 at the age of 58. Losing a parent is unimaginable, even when you spend the decade up until the death imagining it over and over again.
My dad was a very sick man the last 8 years or so of his life. He lost a leg to diabetes, and had a very serious heart condition. He made regular trips to the hospital by ambulance, and spent weeks at a time in the hospital.
During those times when he was very sick, I tried to prepare myself for his death. Tried to think it through; imagine what it might be like, so it would all be easier to deal with.
No dice. Youíll read that itís all unimaginable. An extension of yourself is gone. Thereís a hole in your heart. All sorts of vital information is gone. Itís like somebody lit the reference book youíve used your whole life on fire. Youíll read, too, about quite a few things Iíd do just for dad, that I sadly have stopped doing.
Heís been gone about two months as I write this, and itís still hard. I have no doubt that it always will be. But putting all the swirling emotions Iíve felt into writing this has been wonderful.
Itís the story of my dadís last week on this planet, and the story of his life on this planet, and, mostly, the 32 years he spent on this planet as my Dad, and Dad to Greg and Lynne.
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|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
Steve Cichon is an award winning journalist with WBEN Radio, where heís been a news reporter and anchor since 2003, having worked in Buffalo radio and television since 1993. Steve he's the author of the critically celebrated The Complete History of Parkside, and webmaster at www.staffannouncer.com. He considers himself blessed to have and have had 2 great parents, and 6 great grandparents (including two great grandparents that he can remember). While he's sad his ol'man left this mortal coil far too early, he's glad to have the wisdom and knowledge instilled in the time while he was here.
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