In nearly nine years of blogging about prostate cancer, I’ve learned that there’s a small but very supportive community of fellow patients fighting this disease.

That community just got a little smaller with the passing of Jim from “Yet Another Prostate Cancer Blog.”

Jim and I never met in person, but he was the person who commented on my posts and emailed me more than any other person. We both shared a passion for photography, and he followed my photography blog, providing his commentary there, too.

I knew this day was coming, but it came upon us sooner than expected.

Jim was an inspiration with his strength and attitude. He’ll be missed by many.

This post originally appeared on Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer. It is republished with permission.