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Gary Carter's health worsens

Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:17 pm
By Matt Snyder

Unfortunately, the news keeps getting worse when it comes to the cancerous tumors in Hall of Famer Gary Carter's brain. The most recent news is "extremely grave," per the New York Daily News. Carter fell violently enough on Christmas Day to tear his rotator cuff and the most recent MRI has revealed even more spots and tumors, according to Carter's daughter (on their family website).

What's worse, Carter doesn't sound like he's optimistic at all.

"I'm not feeling too good," he told New York Daily News a few weeks ago. "It's been coming on and coming on. I've had a chest cold. I've got sores in my mouth, blood clots. I get sick ... there's just so many things ... It's been nine months now and I don't feel any different from Day One. I haven't been up to doing any interviews."

Finally, the worst news of all is that the Daily News is reporting that doctors are considering no further treatment.

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:19 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Very sad to hear that "the Kid's" fight against brain cancer is in the final furlong. Kind of ironic that the two most inspirational leaders of the two AMAZING championship teams(Tug Mcgraw in 1969 and Gary Carter in 1986) had to endure such an unwinnable situation in battling the same disease. Gary, as a lifelong mets fan I can only thank you for all the thrills you provided. My prayers go out to you and your family that peace be with you all.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:13 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Grew up with those great expos teams he was on. He took some flack for never finding a microphone he did not like but I really enjoyed his "kId" qualities....he is a class act....god bless Gary...

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:40 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Great person, great player. Lotta people pulling and praying for you and your family.  Whatever happens, a good life has been lived and a good man will have meant a great deal to a lot of people.  We can all hope to leave such a mark.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:19 pm

Gary Carter - We love ya man...

It's so sad to hear this about Carter.  Growing up he was one of the first baseball players I really paid attention to... he was at the top of his game back then.  I remeber opening some Topps packs and being very happy when I pulled one of his cards.

God bless ya Gary we hope the best for you.

There was also some mention of hospice nurses...  I echo those sentiments.. I lost my Mother to this same things around 5 years ago.  The people that helped w/ the hospice care were angels in my eyes.  It's the compassion we can have one another that makes us truly beautiful people.

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:57 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Very well said, tr88-It really starts making you think about who cares about what team, what player and what coach is better. Thoughts are with
Gary Carter and all the families and people like him, who have to battle this horrible disease. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Of all the Mets from the Championship years who lived in the "fast lane" to put it mildly(Gooden, Strawberry, Dykstra etc.), Carter was the one who lived a Christian lifestyle amidst the debauchery. 

Life is often very unfair.  I feel for Gary Carter & his family, & hope the best in a dire situation for them.  They deserve better.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:50 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Frkn horrible...I hate death, I hate cancer.  The man is retired, got cash and should be enjoying his life.  Instead, it's all going to end too early.  My sympathies to Gary, who always had a great attitude and a big smile on his face.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:34 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Life is can be brutal my friends. Enjoy the good times, turn down the hate and love as much as you can.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:32 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

First of all, I have the deepest respect for hospice nurses, you're in a difficult field and only special people can do what they do. Secondly, my wife passed away from a brain tumor 7 years ago and unfortunately the treatment for this kind of disease hasn't made progress since her passing. If you have a glioblastoma multi-form cancer, you're life is on a clock and the survival time is generally 8-12 months. If he's refusing further treatment he will pass away very shortly, and for his sake, I hope under the care of a hospice nurse in his home where he can be comfortable and free of pain.

Carter was a strong leader throughout his career but let's not forget, he's a human being first and even the strongest of us all can't fight brain tumors.

My prayers go out to his family.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:49 pm

Gary Carter's health worsens

Very sad to hear about Carter's decline in health....He was a great baseball player and a good man....

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