On Friday, January 5, 2024, my mother Kim A. Themistocleous passed away. She was diagnosed with Small Intestine Cancer in August 2023. After 4 rounds of chemo at Memorial Sloan Kettering, the doctors sent her home on December 22, 2023 and told her “There is nothing we can do, go home and enjoy the remaining months.”.
On Christmas Eve, my mom was rushed to the emergency room by an ambulance and little did we all know this would be her last time seeing home. While she was in the hospital these last couple of weeks, we frantically searched for hospitals and doctors who would perform the high risk surgery and give this woman a chance at life. The week of Christmas we were making progress with Yale in Connecticut, but St. Josephs hospital in Bethpage, NY refused to discharge her to the care because the hospital was out of state. The week of New Years we found NYU Langone in Mineola who was willing to take on her case, but it was too late at that point.
On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, my brother and I stayed at my moms bedside and knew we were not leaving that hospital until it was all over. She passed peacefully at 9:19am on the morning of January 5, 2024. Which also happens to be my fathers birthday. My father passed away 14 months prior on October 29, 2022.
My mother was a beautiful woman. She was one of the most resilient, headstrong & toughest woman I have ever known. She tackled every challenge with a smile on her face and a will that was unmatched. These last 14 months since my dad passed was the closest we have ever been my whole life. I am truly grateful for it. The talks, the texts, the memories. I was robbed of time with her. She was robbed of the rest of her life. She was robbed of getting to dance at my wedding, knowing her grandchildren and living out a happy retirement.
But the life she lived and the life she built was that of dreams. She was a one of a kind woman with am infectious smile, heart of gold & it was a truly incredible feat to see how many people she has touched and inspired at her services. I am truly blessed and grateful to have had her.
A promise I have made to myself is to make sure her legacy lives on.
I love you so much mom, and these last couple weeks have been heartbreaking. I am heartbroken. I miss you so much and will spend the rest of my life missing you. Thank you for being you. May you rest in peace.
Your Son – Costas Themistocleous.
10/23/1960 – 1/5/2024