Memorial: Bronislaw Nowakowski

Bronislaw Age: 82 Myelofibrosis (MF)

"The world is beautiful, life is kind."

These were my father’s words when he once lay in the hospital. And in this simple, yet beautiful sentence he guided us in this long battle with Myelofibrosis.

Bronislaw Nowakowski, 82, of New Britain, CT passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut after a courageous battle with Myelofibrosis.

To remember Bronislaw, his wife and daughters would like to share the eulogy from his funeral:

“The world is beautiful, life is kind”.

These were my father’s words when he once lay in the hospital. And in this simple, yet beautiful sentence he guided us in this long battle with Myelofibrosis. With his calm approach to life my father helped us care for him. Although there were many difficult moments, my father accepted them in silence, in peace, with no stress. Many times the nurses would comment “You’re such a beautiful family. Your dedication, your natural closeness” and my father would shrug his shoulders saying “That’s how we live; in a Polish spirit, in the spirit of family…”

I’d like everyone to also remember my father for his love of his garden, how he stayed up to midnight working on his puzzles and that he was a great dance partner; but most importantly for his inner peace and strength.

Since April when everything progressed and became more difficult, my father was admitted 29 times to the hospital. Each time he patiently waited for his discharge. Even when he was in Critical Care, upon hearing that his results improved, he instantly asked “I go home now?”

On Monday my father came home but only for a few hours. When his time of passing was upon us in the hospital, all of a sudden this beautiful inner peace came over us, as if he gave to us his greatest gift. And that is how my father passed on to his eternal home, in a Polish spirit, in the spirit of family…

To make a donation towards Myelofibrosis research in honor of Bronislaw Nowakowski, please click here.

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These represent first person accounts of real people living with Essential Thrombocythemia, Polycythemia Vera and Myelofibrosis. It does not represent the views or opinions of anyone associated with the MPN Research Foundation. Please consult your doctor before taking any action to manage your health.

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