There is nothing more disappointing than when a confidence is broken in the midst of anguish and heart-break. And, broken by a person believed to be a trusted friend.
At a later time, I will share the story of my beloved husband’s final moments.
For now, God bless you and thank you for your understanding.
How Lisa Mason husband Gino died: Gino Contawe obituary
How Lisa Mason husband Gino died – Gino Contawe had suffered esophageal cancer back in 2015.
Four and half years after Gino Contawe cancer diagnosis, in February 2019, Gino appreciated his wife Lisa in a warm, sweet Facebook post that read:
“I would like to give my beloved an anniversary shout out! It has been 4 1/2 years since the cancer diagnosis. Thank you for helping to keep me alive.
You have been the best wife, advocate and supporter that a man could ask for. Through four miracles, multiple surgeries and a list of treatments you never wavered. You are one in a million!!!
I love you more than any man could love a woman. Thank you!”
Lisa had announced Gino Contawe’s cancer diagnosis back in 2015 as sudden and shocking stage four esophageal cancer with spread to the lymph nodes, lungs and brain.
She wrote on several posts on Facebook:
“7 months ago, Doctors suggested that Gino and I get our affairs in order. A sudden and shocking stage four esophageal cancer with spread to the lymph nodes, lungs and brain was my husband’s diagnosis.
We heeded their words of wisdom. Signing and initialing multiple documents in our attorney’s office. He initialed “GC” (Gino Contawe). I initialed ” LM” (Lisa Mason).
Dark, dark days followed with multiple surgeries, radiation, chemo.
Today, we learned that Gino has no cancer in… the brain, practically nothing in the lungs and the esophageal tumor has shrunk so much that it can’t be seen on a scan.
What does it mean? Is he cured? Permanent remission? We don’t know for sure….we live day by day…..but today I decided that the initials “GC” and “LM” no longer stand for our names. “GCLM” to me now means: “God’s Compassion+Love=Miracles”! Life is a blessing. And a gift. We are grateful. Thank you for prayers. We humbly thank you. God Bless You.
Gino and Lisa.”
In another earlier post she wrote about Gino:
“My friends. What an extraordinary week. After learning that esophageal cancer is the number one fastest growing cancer in the US, Gino and I got to work!
We meet with the board of the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association this month to help all we can.
Please, please understand. There are often NO symptoms. This cancer is found in people who have smoked or drank heavily.
Or, in Gino’s case, had acid reflux years ago. Gino took the medication for acid reflux and the heartburn “went away”.
In actuality, it didn’t. He just couldn’t feel it any longer.
Little did we know, heartburn can exist with absolutely no discomfort. We beg you. If you have been a heavy smokey or drinker. If you have had acid reflux in the past, please see you doctor.
By the time the first symptoms presents…(difficulty swallowing, hiccuping during meals, food feeling “stuck” in the throat, needing more liquids during meals)…the cancer has already advanced.
We love you. We greatly care for you. We do not want you to travel our road. We ask you to think about this!!! Gino and I stand committed to help others know more about this horrible cancer. God Bless You!!!!”
Lisa P Mason biography:
Lisa Mason is a former host on QVC. Former news anchor for PBS. Singer, writer. Works in New York City. Lives part-time in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina!
Emmy award-winning anchor and writer Lisa Mason began her news career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1987. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, Lisa joined the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate as weekend news anchor where she remained for two years.
In 1989, Lisa joined PBS as news anchor, producer and writer. In addition to anchoring the evening newscasts, she also hosted a weekly talk show. During her five-year tenure, Lisa wrote and produced several award-winning documentaries. Among them was Faces of Aids for which she received an Emmy award. The Society of Professional Journalism honored her for her documentary When Children Kill. Lisa also wrote, hosted and produced The Western Heritage Awards, which was met with such critical acclaim, that it was re-broadcast on the TNN Network.
In 1995, Lisa was hired by the QVC Shopping Network in West Chester, Pennsylvania as host. While there, she was seen in approximately 98 million homes, five days per week. During her tenure, Lisa specialized in the areas of jewelry, beauty and fashion. Lisa earned her GIA certification and, in 2000, became the face and voice of QVC’s proprietary jewelry brand, Diamonique. In addition, she worked regularly with leaders in the beauty industry. Lisa served as host for the nationally televised CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) awards show and was frequently called upon to launch new beauty brands. Lisa represented QVC nationally and internationally. She remained there until 2010.
That same year, Lisa created Contawe Consulting, LLC, a company that specializes in the area of media training, with an emphasis on electronic retailing and direct response. Lisa coaches clients privately and has joined the staff at The Actor’s Connection in Manhattan, where she teaches students the fundamentals of connecting with the viewer. Since that time, Lisa has been tapped by L’Oreal, Cutex, Maidenform, Sealy Posturpedic, Algenist, Temt-tu and others, to train sales teams, perfect company messages and increase profitability.
As a result of the success of her first book Big Life Lessons from that Still, Small Voice, Lisa was called upon to act as the Mistress of Ceremonies/writer for the global Aids Awareness Day. This New York City, invitation-only event, was sponsored by the Oprah Winfrey Network in conjunction with World Vision. Lisa was handpicked to lead this initiative due to her ability to connect with others and motivate.
Lisa has been involved in other projects, as well. She was on the Bravo series Blow Out and the CBS program 48 Hours. She has been an in-studio guest for FOX and NBC morning shows and has been seen in the pages of Broadcasting and Cable, Lucky magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
May Gino Contawe’s soul rest in perfect peace.