Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later

Jeff passed away peacefully tonight at 9:15 pm. He was surrounded by his immediate family and closest friends. We will forever cherish our memories and will miss him very much.

See you later, Jeffrey. We love you very much.


  1. Jeff has changed our world and taught us how to live with dignity. We wont be with same without him here but he will forever live with us. To Jeffs family: thank you for sharing him with us and we hope that it will comfort you to know what a difference he has made.

  2. Jeff you have given me strength that I didn't know I had. You were like another brother to me growing up. I want you to know that today I gave a presentation to undergraduate students visiting MD Anderson Cancer Center and at the end I had slides about you, talking about your strength, and talking about how wonderful you are and how important it is to find a cure because people like you should not be victims to this horrible disease. I will now dedicate every presentation I give on my cancer research to you. I love and miss you so much. You will continue to inspire so many people by your blog. You have touched so many lives, and I surely know you have touched mine. I will see you again some day, I just know it.

    With love always,

    Brittany C. Parker

  3. It's really hard to imagine a world without Jeff Guyer. I have many fond memories of talking pottery, cars, music and gadgets with him. Those who knew him will always remember how easy he was to be around. God-speed, Jeff.

  4. Rest in peace Jeff. You've been a brave and valiant warrior in this battle. You've earned your rest. You have touched so many lives, including many like mine, who never were fortunate enough to meet you in person. We will not forget, and we will take up the fight from here.

    Sharon D.

    Sharon D.

  5. God bless you Jeff. The world will miss you greatly...

  6. Sending lots of love from the Lifshen family. We are thinking of you all.

    ~Daniel Lifshen

  7. It's impossible for me to put the right thing to say into words.

    I am going to miss you buddy. I am going to miss your sense of humor, your analytical way of looking at things, your sincere enthusiasm to join me in any and all stupidity, your different taste in music, and all the great times we had in Dallas and beyond.

    You're a wonderful soul Jeff, and I am more than proud to call you a friend.


  8. See you later, Jeff
    Breathe in hope, breathe out love.
    With love,

  9. I know you are now in a better place but my heart is hurting all the same. Life is so unfair. I will forever remember you.

  10. Please know that your life may have ended up saving mine. All I can say right now is thank you.

  11. Dear Autumn,
    Jeff’s death has saddened all of us; he will always be an inspiration to everyone.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    May all the love that surrounds you give you strength and help ease your pain.

    Eva and Enrique

  12. I will see you later Jeff. Your life and how you faced all the ups and downs of your illness will remain an example to everyone who loves you. I'm already missing you, your sense of humor, your strength and I will probably continue to write to you because I can't bear to stop.

  13. So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you to comfort.

    Cindy Littlefield

  14. I am so sad to read that Jeff has passed from this life, but he is now free of pain and his horribly unfair disease.

    I began communicating with Jeff last June. My husband, son, and I had the joyous pleasure of meeting Jeff when he was in Dallas last December. Jeff has left a wonderful legacy. He inspired us with his honesty, humor, amazing courage, and strength.

    To all Jeff's family and closest friends, may God wrap His arms around you and comfort you. You will continue to be in my prayers.

    Heaven has gained an angel!


    Like Sandy, I will continue to write to him because I cannot bear to stop.

  15. I have never met Jeffrey and I feel like I have missed out. After reading his blog, I feel he is the bravest person I've never met. I will keep him and his family in my prayers as I was moved to tears to hear and read of his passing.
    You have lived more in your short years than the rest of us could ever hope for in our lifetimes.
    See you soon Jeffrey.

  16. Dearest Autumn,

    Thank you for sharing Jeff with us all and letting us be "voyeurs" into your life 'Living with the Big C'.

    Hopefully what we all take away from this is to continue to HOPE and LOVE deeper and more often than we did before.

    To cherish every moment God has given us and the people He chose to place in our lives.

    May God's peace be with you always.

    Breathing out Love,
    Mary Ferguson (Hodgson)

  17. Miss you already Jeffweee.

  18. Jeff,

    You taught me a lot while we worked together, you were one of the smartest and cheerful people I have ever met. I will truly miss you buddy. Your family will be in my prayers.

    Gabe Gamboa

  19. We are so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Jeff rest in peace.
    All our love,
    Liora and jerry Cohen

  20. Jeff, I will remember you forever, I am so glad we shared time riding our bikes in San Diego and on Ragbrai. Your courage and dignity will live on in all that knew you. Till our next ride...

    Craig Oskow

  21. "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love." Washington Irving

    Jeff you will always be my inspiration.

  22. Our hearts are broken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of incredible sadness. May Jeff rest in peace.
    Ann and Marc Heft

  23. I am so sorry for your loss. I wanted to let you all know I'm thinking of you.

    I'm also from Dallas. I knew of Jeff, but didn't really know him personally.

    I just finished reading through the blog. His attitude was amazing and very inspiring. I too had cancer. I was diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer. I was only 31 and my kids were just 3 and 1. It was a rough year (surgeries, chemo, etc), so I know somewhat about what it was like. Luckily I'm doing a lot better.

    I was so sad to hear about Jeff's passing. Just from the little I knew he seemed like an amazing guy.

    Thinking of your and your family.

    - Rachel

  24. Jeff,
    your passing robs the world of a wonderful human being. Your parents and wife must be so very proud of the man you became and the fight you put up. My wife and I are better for having known you, and we will miss you beyond words. Till we meet in peace, you earned it bro!

  25. There is nothing I can say to capture all that I feel at this time. Toni and I were going over pictures and memories last night. You were my daughters first love when she was 5.

    Your courage has given me a new direction in my life. We will miss you in this world, but you live on in our hearts and memories.

    I'll see you later Jeff.

    Rob Petruzzo

  26. Words can not begin to express our sorrow.
    Jeff was a wonderful person.
    It was a privilege to call him family.
    Jeff's spirit is everywhere.
    As we Breathe in Hope, Breathe Out Love, we think of him -- always.
    Jeff's Forever Sarasota Fan Club,
    Alli, Marc, Spencer & Claire

  27. It's so hard to express, in words, feelings about a loss of such great magnitude. Jeff has inspired us all... to be fighters, to care about others, to make the world a better place. He was an amazing person, friend, and he will be sorely missed. We love you Jeff--and Autumn. See you later buddy.

    Peacetos Chi Filios,

    Adam (and Annie)

  28. Dear Autumn and Jeff,

    I love you both so much and you both have been an inspiration to me.

    I miss you already Jeff, but I know I will see you in time. You will not be forgotten. You will always be remembered for being the amazing person that you are.

    Jennifer B.

  29. Dear Jeff, family, and friends...

    Although I did not know you personally, I was moved and changed forever by reading your blog. Your strength, courage, and ability to maintain your sense of humor was truely amazing. I am running my first marathon race this Saturday, and will do so in your honor. I pray for all your loved ones as they work through this difficult time. You taught me to never take life for granted, and cherish each and every moment life offers. It is people like you that make this world a better place.

    God Bless you and your family.


  30. My heart hurts because I realize how much Jeff will be missed by his family and friends. Thankfully, he is no longer suffering from a disease that tested his will and ultimatly his mortality. This blog is a testimony to his courage in the face of each moment's certainty and the inspiration his journey meant to those who've observed the path he walked every day.

    God's speed Jeff...

    Rob D

  31. All of us at Orthopedics This Week are breathing a little deeper today.

    Jeffrey Guyer’s Legacy
    Orthopedics This Week • Tue, Jun 7th, 2011

    "Continue to breathe in hope and breathe out love."

    Those were the last words written by Jeffrey Guyer on his blog, "Living With The Big C," on Saturday June 4. Jeff passed away peacefully this past Monday, June 6, after a year-long fight with sarcoma.

    Jeff was an award winning orthopedic engineer who led a team at Alphatec Spine that designed the GLIF (guided lumbar interbody fusion) procedure which allowed surgeons to perform a full circumferential fusion of the spine without having to flip the patient over on the operating table. The procedure won an OTW Best Spine Technology Award in 2009 in the Minimally Invasive Care category.

    Jeff is also the son of Rick and Shelley Guyer. Rick Guyer, M.D., is a past president of the North American Spine Society and a founder of the Texas Back Institute.

    The larger family of orthopedics is made up of countless men and women whose ultimate aim is to heal. There are many in this family that have lost a battle to illness and we can never tell all their stories. But we write about Jeff because he was an articulate young man who through his blog was able to capture the spirit of hope and love that represents the best of professional competence and human compassion in this bigger family of healers.

    If you met Jeff Guyer and knew him for only five minutes, you knew Jeff. His infectious smile, unbridled enthusiasm for his craft and obvious joy of the "moment" gave you a full and unfiltered view of his personality.

    Below is Jeff's last blog. We share this because his admonition to continue to breathe in hope and breathe out love is inspiring and fuels everyone in orthopedics who gets up every day to find a better way to heal their fellow human beings.

    Happy Trails to you Jeffrey Guyer. You left a trail of smiles.

  32. Hi Jeff and family,

    I have actually never met any of you, but was sent this blog a few days ago. I read all the entries and most of the comments, and was thinking about you all last night. I can't put into words how much your words have affected a stranger. I am so sad to hear of his passing, and if I, a stranger, sit here with tears streaming down my face, I can only imagine what his friends and family are feeling. It was so brave to share this journey with the world, and I wanted to thank you for that. I will have your family in my thoughts, and wish you peace and comfort. I hope that you can take joy in the fact that although Jeff was taken from you much to soon, people go their entire lives without meeting someone like Jeff, and that is the true loss.

  33. Rest peacefully Jeff. Though we only had a few emails shared I have watched your journey. My family sends our prayers and love to your family.

    The Cavanaughs - Chris, Julie, Ellie, and Ryan

  34. Jeff-

    I miss you already. You handled your situation with such class. Love ya bud.


  35. Autumn,
    There are no words or way to express our sadness. You and your family have been and our in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff is a tremendous inspiration to all. His strength, will, courage, and love are truly admirable and will always be remembered. We are always here for you.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Ariela and Yosi

  36. well, Jeff, at this time I'm usually writing you an email, but now I don't know where else to write but here. I hope you are "setteled in" and are enjoying your Heavenly home. I had forgotten to tell you a funny story of when our TBI clinic was putting together the gift basket for the Team Jaguar auction. I had the bright idea of trying to find a jaguar, either a toy car or a little animal, to put in the basket. Brad and I looked everywhere; Toy-r-us, walmart, Target, a local feed store, Michaels, Hobby Lobby. I think that's everywhere we looked. Never did find one! But, we had fun looking, anyway.

    Someone posted that if you ever spent even 5 minutes with Jeff, you "knew" him. We spent only 2 hours with Jeff, but I know what this comment meant. I will always remember you, Jeff. You have definately made a difference in my life and I will forever be grateful to you..and I did write that to you not long ago.

    To Autumn, Dr. Guyer, Shelly, sisters and other dear family, I pray for yur comfort during these days and beyond.


  37. Dr. Guyer and Family,

    My Heart goes out to all of you. As others have said here and on other forums that are celebrating Jeff's life, I feel that I have lost by not having known Jeff. He was clearly a very special person and you are a special family. I will keep Jeff and all of you in my thoughts and prayers. And may his memory shine brightly within all of you and warm your hearts forever.

    With Warmest Condolences,
    Tom Keegan

  38. I did not have the privilege of ever meeting Jeff or Autumn or their family. My brother-in-law, Daniel Bradley and his wife Nina (my sister), told me about Jeff and his fight against cancer last year and then shared the news of his passing with me today. My deepest, deepest condolences go to his wife and family as they grieve the loss of their beloved husband and son. I wish I had had the privilege of knowing him. It has been such an inspiration today to read his words through his blog. What an amazing man!

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you all this week and in the coming days. God bless you.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Christy K.

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