S: Never Complain
BC: On September 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM Poke passed away. My family was heartbroken, knowing the fact that we will never see our best friend again. It was harder for Carmen to cope with because this was her first husband and they were only married for two years. We knew that Poke was in better place, but surprisingly while Poke had cancer he never complained. He was always in good spirits, knowing the fact that he was dying. The memories of Poke will go on in my mind, but he will always be in my heart.
FC: The Life of Daniel "Poke" English
1: Daniel "Poke" English was born November 23, 1963 in the City of Garland. As a kid he was very athletic and loved to play football. Many of his friends, including my dad, all lived in the same neighborhood, The Rainbow. They all went to different middle schools, but ended up at Garland High School. Where my dad, Darrell Reese Sr, was the All-American quarterback and Poke was the Running back
2: It was in 2010, while Polk was at the Reese families annual Super Bowl Party, where he met his future wife Carmen. Nobody knew that they had connected with each other so well, until we find out that they where engaged. It was a memorable relationship for my family because Polk was my dads best friend and Carmen was my moms best friend. As months go on there relationship will be tested because Polk was diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer.
3: Melanoma is a skin cancer that Polk contracted. Nobody knows how he contracted it or what we was around that caused him to contract it. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. Seventy percent of skin cancer deaths are from Melanoma. It was difficult for his peers to understand because nobody heard of Melanoma, so we were going into this situation blind. Not knowing the affect of this cancer.
4: The cancer that Poke contracted started with two tumors by his liver and behind his eyes. The doctors were more focused on the tumor by the liver because the cancer had the risk of spreading throughout Pokes body. The chemotherapy begun to help shrink the size of the tumor, but the more chemotherapy that Poke had to do his body began to feel more tired than usual.
5: The tumor behind his eyes began to make Poke lose vision in his right eye till he could only see a faint shine of pink. To reduce the size of the tumor they had to do surgery. The surgery was successful and they were able to reduce the size of the tumor. Even though the tumors were shrunk, Poke still had to do chemo. After multiple rounds of chemo, Poke finally said he's done with chemo.
6: The chemotherapy that Poke was going through was making him feel even more tired, so he said no more chemo. It was very difficult for his wife Carmen to let him stop doing therapy because it was the only thing keeping him alive. As a wife going through this situation you have to do the right thing to make your husband feel comfortable. Even if that is not doing chemotherapy. Poke was still taking many different combinations of medications to ease his pain.
7: Since Poke was no longer doing chemo, the cancer start to take full affect and his body began to slowly fade away. Carmen told the Pokes family and close friends to be prepared because he could go any day. My dad tried to go out to see his best friend, but it was difficult for him to detach from his work. Plus his mother was very sick, so it was difficult for him to juggle both.
8: On September 8, 2012 we get a call from Carmen saying that Poke isn't doing good and he could go in a few minutes or a few hours. His body is unresponsive and he can only here you. After the call we immediately drive out to Justin, Texas to see Poke. On the way to Justin, the car was silent. No body knew what was going happen in the next hour.
9: Once we arrived at Pokes house his family was there, eyes filled with fear. Once we enter the house his relatives surround him as he lays on the couch. You can see and hear the pain that Poke is in, struggling for every breath he takes. The tears start flow out of my family's eyes and all we can do is pray. As my family leaves Poke to rest, we say our goodbyes to the family and Poke, hoping that he can pull through.
10: This is Dedicated to Daniel English