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Hi everyone -

Blondie717 has asked me to post and let everyone know some very sad news. I'm very sorry to say that HectorSF passed away yesterday.

As many of you know, Hector fought long and hard, and he helped so many people, here and in doing advocacy work and leading support groups. He was a member of this site since 2008, and was a community leader in Cirrhosis. My words can't describe all he did for others while fighting his own health issues, but you can read some of his history on his profile - http://www.medhelp.org/personal_pages/user/446474

He was an amazing man. I know, and everyone at MedHelp knows, that this is a big loss for all of you. We offer our sincerest condolences.

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463897 tn?1468013750
CL HectorSF was a true surviver, who was always there helping others He will be dearly missed by our members and MedHelp Team

With our condolences,

Your friends at MedHelp

Avatar universal
RIP HectorSF (Howie). You went through so much but was always here for all of us... We all thought the worst was behind you. A lot of us will never forget you.

OMG, I just left him a message! I am just reeling - he made it through the worst of treatments and liver cancer and a transplant. And he was always there for us. Can anyone share how this happened?
Avatar universal
So sad to hear this.When I needed a question answered I always went to Hector.He knew more than My doctor.He will be missed.RIP Hector
1815939 tn?1377991799
You helped so many very sick people, Howie, even when you were very sick yourself. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Howie. We will never forget you.
317787 tn?1473358451
Dear Emily, thank you so much for letting us know.  We will all miss him. I'm in shock! So sad...
Avatar universal
Finally you can rest in peace Howie after all you have been through.  You will not be forgotten
6708370 tn?1471490210
I just spoke with one of our friends who co-managed the liver transplant support group in San Francisco. Howie fell and hit his head. He was taken to UCSF where he had spent so much time in the last few years - not only as a comfort and inspiration to those afflicted with liver disease but as a patient himself. Howie survived the surgery but died shortly after. He was unconscious after arriving at the ER so hoping his transition was painless and peaceful. Howie instilled in us that fortitude to think positively and always be willing to try new treatments, to hang on and there was no one who lived his life more empathetically.
A memorial is planned in August
You will always be an important part of my life Howie.
Rest in Peace
~ Linda
Real close, he was sent to CPMC THOUGH.
thanks for that clarification
7469840 tn?1409845836
Wow, such sad news. He was such a giving person to everyone on this site, he will really be missed. A blessing really that his passing was peaceful it sounds like. That you Emily for letting us know.
408795 tn?1324935675
This is so terribly sad!!  Hector who was so good to everyone on this forum even though he was dealing with so much pain and grief, himself.  Terrible!  RIP my brother, RIP!!  You will be missed by many.
OMG,Please not Howie

Cant desribe how shocked iam to hear this.
He always helped me and others with his enormous knownledge about Liver Desease.

Rest in Peace Hector :-(
Avatar universal
Oh, this is so very sad.... What a wonderful man and friend :'

Rest in peace dear brother
444337 tn?1428073510
Devastating news. He was an inspiration to many and will be sorely missed.

Avatar universal
Thank you for posting this.

I knew and was friendly with him for about a decade.
He was an inspiration; a bright positive and informed source of information really unparalleled in quality and quantity.

A great light has gone out, but how brightly he shone.

vaya con dios buddy.

317787 tn?1473358451
I keep thinking about Howie and how much he helped all of here, no matter what he was going through, even flat on his back in bed, he would still answer our questions, calm our fears or even bluntly tell us when our info was wrong.  He is my hero, always. I will never forget him
Avatar universal
We have lost a great man.who in light his own problems  always found time to advise and comfort others. I am eternally grateful for his help he provided me. Rest In Peace Hector. You will never be forgotten.
2059648 tn?1439766665
I will never forget this exceptional man.  He will be in my thoughts forever.   So gifted and so giving.
1654058 tn?1407159066
We're a sad little family today. It was so shocking to hear this last week. I hadn't spoken to Howie in about 7 months. We all have personal connections and stories of how he touched our lives. No matter who needed help, he did the research. No matter how sick they were, he offered hope. If he thought you were doing something that could hinder your healing, he called you out. He was always honest and up front.

When I was going through treatment in 2011, he gave me so much encouragement. I learned a lot from him and he always gave me good advice when I started my website. We chatted on the phone when I drove to Oklahoma City for Dr. appointments.

When my platelets were really low and i had a massive bleed, Howie and I talked about our faith. Then when he got the cancer, we talked about it a lot. We laughed and cried together when I got cancer.

I ended almost every phone call with, "I love you and I'm praying for you."
He always laughed and said, "Okay. I need it."

I just thought he would always make it.

Grieving with you. I love you all,
Avatar universal
What a terrible loss.

Howie was a gentle man and at the same time a fearless fighter. He was exceedingly generous of spirit even when he was in the most desperate of circumstances.
We were so very fortunate to have known him.
May he rest in peace.

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Sorry to hear this, Hector probably helped all of us at one time or another either directly or indirectly. I know he helped me. He was a great guy, and very knowledgeable. He also gave me a sense of hope when I was pretty down. Since then I've been cured, I was hoping he would have made it too.
475555 tn?1469304339
I just heard about this and am shocked and dismayed. HectorSF was the best! The Medhelp hep-c forum would not have been the same without him. He helped me and many, many others. God bless him and may he rest in peace.
Avatar universal
We all loved you Howie.
You were our hero.
So very sad.  
Avatar universal
So sad to hear this.  I know he helped me with my fear, questions with straight up honesty, hope and kindness.  Rest in peace.  
I'm so shocked by this. I, like sameone  else said, thought the worst was behind him.
Your contribution to this planet was unmeasurable. May you rest in peace Howie.
Avatar universal
That is so sad. I haven't been on here in a LONG time, so I'm just hearing this news now.  He was such a great wealth of knowledge, an encourager and a real inspiration. He will be missed.
317787 tn?1473358451
I am bumping up so others may see
4896357 tn?1360670904
Very sorry to hear this. Hector helped so many people on this forum and others after his liver transplant. He will be in my thoughts.
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