The last time that I saw my cousin was when my father died. My cousin came to his funeral and read the bible all the way through. He had converted to Jehovahs Witness since his wifes affair, In fact they both had converted. His mother, my fathers sister died 6 weeks after my father. She was had grown more mentally ill over time. She had changed from a blonde, volutious woman to being quite skeletal.I assumed that she had bulimia.
My cousin had changed his name from Janusz Dobrowolski to John Dobrowski. He lives in Wolverhampton. Over time John and his wife distanced themselves from the wider family with their belief system being really important to them.I had been close to him as a child but over time I had not seen him. He became estranged from his brother so it was a great surprise to find out that his wife had left 2 years ago. His mental health had deteriorated over this time and we were not alert to this until a few weeks ago
when a newspaper announced that he was missing. He was found the following day looking like a tramp. He had stayed in a field over the cold spell and I was saddened today to hear that he has to have both legs amputated at the knee from frost bite. He told my brother that he wants to die. He is still very ill and refusing food.
I can not help but see the sad irony of the frost bite and connect it to his mothers experience in Siberia. His father was Polish and was in Anders Army at Monte Casino and received a medal but I think that he came from Warsaw.
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