“It’s an overwhelming experience,” Roy Henderson says, in a weakened voice. “I’d hate for anybody else to have to go through it. I’ve pretty well settled into the thought now that I know it’s just a matter of time; it’s days, weeks now, and maybe months. Probably months, hopefully.”
Henderson is determined to put his remaining time to good use.
“I’ve met a lot of people over my life, right?
“I’d like to meet all my old friends one last time.”
He’ll get the chance. His end-of-life party is planned for the Air Force Club in Truro this Saturday afternoon.
“Instead of coming to a funeral, why not have a little party while I’m still alive? It just seems like the proper thing to do.”
Henderson, 70, went to the hospital with chest pains a month and a half ago. He wasn’t overly alarmed; he’s had heart issues before. Tests determined he was indeed experiencing a heart attack. But as it turned out, that wasn’t the worst of it.
The doctor admitted he had bad news for Henderson when he came into the room with results of a second X-ray.