Hey, everyone. Me again.
I wasn't planning on making a journal about this, but I've already told a few people, and I owe it to my friend to tell you all what's going on.
A good friend of mine, Justin, has been in the hospital for months now, and now the doctors are telling us that he is not expected to pull through.
When he first got sick, they said it was the flu, and that he would come out of it in a couple days.
They were mistaken.
Two weeks later, when he was still not any better, his parents took him back to the doctor. This time, the doctor said that it looked worse than they had thought, and suggested that Justin was taken to a specialist. The specialist gave them the news: this was much worse than the flu, he needed to go to a hospital as soon as possible.
They took him. About four surgeries later, he was still no better. They weren't even sure what was wrong. As they continued to try to find the problem, surgery after surgery, Justin got sicker and sicker.
His brother has hardly left his bedside. As you can probably imagine, the whole family is just distraught right now.
A week ago, the doctors finally said to his parents: Your son has a month to live.
If that was not bad enough, Justin's father was hospitalized only today. He has asthma, and apparently, stress and panic made it spike. His heart started beating irregularly, and he collapsed. Everyone thought he was having a heart attack. But they managed to get him help in time. He is expected to be fine after a few weeks.
But Justin? They've given up hope.
Justin has been so positive through this whole ordeal. He likes to joke about how the IV is "freaking annoying," and the oxygen thing he has to wear makes his ears itch. I haven't heard one bitter, regretful, or even fearful word from him since this started. In my opinion, he is one if the strongest people out there. And he is definitely the strongest person I know.
I also want to mention how talented he is. He can basically draw realistically without a reference picture.
What I want to do is post some of his artwork here. He has always wanted a DeviantArt account. Jurolex would be his username, he said. But now, with so little time, he is afraid he won't be able to do that. His dream is to have his art become famous, or at least seen. So, to help his dream come true, I will post his wonderful artwork on my account. I will always put "by Justin" in the title so you know which are his.
We're all hoping for a miracle. I don't think this is the right time or way for him to leave.
Keep Justin and his family in your thoughts.
Art by Justin: