This is Deb Levy here, and I’m hijacking Lyle’s blog today. I wish it were for a good or humorous reason, but it’s not. It’s incredibly serious.
There is really no way to make bad news any better than it is, so I will just tell you. Our dear friend and USGlass magazine columnist Lyle Hill has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He knew something was wrong because, in less than seven weeks, a small nodule inside his left cheek had grown into a large mass upon the left side of his neck. Luckily, he was on it right away and sought diagnosis and treatment early.
It is a very fast-growing and aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. As with most things, there is some good and some bad news. The good news is, even though it’s fast growing, the type of lymphoma Lyle has responds extremely well to chemotherapy and he has an excellent prognosis to be totally cured. The bad news is that it requires a very, very intensive protocol of chemotherapy. He began that on Saturday and he will also be hospitalized on and off for chemo treatments over the next few weeks. He was expected to come home from the hospital today.
Lyle is still Lyle. Just last week, he went gold prospecting with his grandson and, despite our repeated protestations, has continued to handle a number of items for us. And he has kept his very unique point of view. “I am beginning an aggressive chemotherapy program to fight back against a very aggressive cancer (lymphoma) blob that has taken up residence in my neck,” he says. “Not pretty and not fun either. This means I will be out of circulation for the next several weeks, but plan on coming back stronger than ever …”
The only reason I am in business today is because of Lyle Hill. He gave me the encouragement and confidence to try and buy USGlass many years ago and he helped me navigate through the entire process. He is a great business mentor and friend. I hold no one in higher regard than I do Lyle. That many others in the industry would say the same doesn’t surprise me at all.
What he needs most now is prayers. Please pray for his speedy recovery and please keep him, his wife Sandi, and their children and grandchildren in your prayers. If you would like to send a card, you can do so to his home at: 54 Windsor Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523 or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org but understand if you don’t hear back from him immediately.
The plan now is to use this blog to provide updates on how Lyle is doing during weeks when he is not available to do so himself. I hope he will be back right here very soon.
Thanks to everyone who is praying and sending emails and cards as Lyle begins his road to recovery. Anyone who has ever worked with him knows just how uniquely special he is. I know he is most appreciative of everyone’s comments.
In fact, I received the following email from him today that he sent last night and I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it:
“Deb … Just finished sending e-mail responses to people who have sent me things at a rate that is overwhelming and just when I went to shut down, I get one from someone I respect very much … At 10:58pm. This has been going on for two straight days and I am struggling to keep up.
I typed replies into the early morning hours last night because I wanted to respond, to let people know that I appreciate their words of encouragement because I really do. At some point, my ego gets a little boost of course thinking that all of these people out there care about me, but then I get overwhelmed by humility and appreciation for these incredibly kind words from so many nice people, many whom I have never met.
For all the craziness and evil in the world, there is this winding wonderful strand of kindness and love that also makes its way through it and I have been touched by it. I feel so blessed. I feel so small. “—Lyle
Not small at all, Lyle, you’re 50 feet tall.