Saturday, December 8, 2012
Ray with Belize breadfruit ! From his back yard. 2012
My breadfruit tree bears twice a year for about 3 months each time. Sits in the front corner of the yard by the street side.
My cancer tumor you can see on the side of my face. It has filled the right side of the neck and now protrudes the skin out, trying to find place to put dead cells, killed by the cancer. The tumor itself is entangled with the jugular vein, the pulmonary artery, the vein carrying blood and oxygen to the brain. Mostly I get pain from the back side of the throat, where I guess a lymph node, one of a string in the neck must be encapsulated? The most difficult pain is on the side of the face, and head, from the fan of nerves called the trigeminal nerve system. Hurts like hell! Impossible to do surgery in the neck area, as it is a tiny space, jam packed with all kinds of essential nerves and veins. I start Chemo therapy at the Belize Cancer Clinic here on the coast of Belize, run by a Belizean/USA Dr. Grant from L.A. in the USA. Come Monday in two days, I get my first session of four sessions over a two month period. The plan after that, is to go to Guatemala City to an associate clinic for Dr. Grant to do radiation treatment for another six weeks to a month. Very affordable by Belizean standards as Dr. Grant's clinic is a CHARITY CLINIC, one of many he apparently supports, here and in California. I've had some cash donations from my daughters, so that helps.
I have hopes the chemo therapy will reduce the tumor, so the pressure will ease off the nerves and give me some peace and relief from pain. But at this point this is all new and have no idea what to expect. CANCER caught me by surprise. I more thought I would get shot by a jealous husband, climbing out of a bedroom window, than this sneaky cancer invasion. I kind of wonder if I will lose a lot of weight? They say so. I could stand it I suppose. 30 lbs would be good.
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