A Journey Begins

Cancer is a big word. Only six letters but six letters that can stop your heart and send fear through your body. Six letters that encompass, depending on the website you read, 100-200 types of a disease. It can take its name from where it is in the body, the type of cell it forms in, the nature of its structure, and so many other variables. A friend once said to me: it can be small “c” cancer or it can be “capital” CANCER and every thing in between. Another friend said that all most of us hear in a diagnosis is CANCER.

Almost three months ago I heard the word after a long overdue check up with a ear-nose-throat specialist and what I heard was CANCER! Further exploration – biopsy, CATSCANs, consultations – revealed it is a squamous cell carcinoma at the base of my tongue. It is Stage 3 but fortunately has not spread. It is a fair size tumour and is covering part of my oesophagus which makes it difficult to swallow and has led to significant weight loss. At this point it is CANcer and has required, because of its location, much preparation work for what will be an aggressive regime of radiation and chemotherapy beginning this week. The sad thing is that ten months ago if I had seen a doctor when I began to be bothered by the “obstruction” in my throat it could have been Cancer.

And that is why I am writing this post. Not to air my personal health problems or regrets but to say to people: please don’t ignore warnings you body is giving you that there is something wrong. That spot on your arm, the constant lower back pain, the blood in your stool, sudden weight loss or fatigue, or that bothersome obstruction in your throat. Don’t make excuses for no seeing to it. It may be nothing, which will be a relief, but again it may be something that changes your whole life and starts you on a journey that you and your loved ones don’t need or deserve to take.

Over the next seven or eight weeks there may be gaps in postings depending on my energy and emotional levels.  I don’t intend to turn the blog into a diary of the journey Laurent, and I are on – and believe me he is the other half of the equation thank God.  However, there it is faithful reader that “however”, if an event catches my fancy, I may well write about it.  The one event that will be posted is the day when I ring the bell at the Cancer Treatment Centre.  That bell signifies the final treatment and an all clear.  It is my mission to ring that bell loud and clear for everyone to hear.

I think there have been enough words for today.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

12 thoughts on “A Journey Begins”

  1. I will look forward to hearing your progress. Thanks to the magic if the Internet, people you don’t know are thinking of you, and Laurent.
    At an odd time in my life someone once said to me, unexpectedly, “there’s always hope…”. I have survived many setbacks, and I often think of his words.
    Why not try a different bottle of champagne every Friday night, culminating in a Dom Perignon the day you ring that bell.
    Best wishes.

  2. Thank you Will for this beautiful and heart wrenching post. Thank you for thinking of others in alerting them to get things looked at.
    My prayers are with you and Laurent on your journey.

  3. Wishing you all the best for a successful treatment and that the process will not be too incapacitating. What a blessing to have Laurent beside you as you fight this. I know all of us here in the blogosphere are rooting for you!

  4. Thank you Willym for sharing. As others have posted my thoughts and prayers are with you and Laurent.

  5. It is a good thing you do not allow swears on your blog or else I would be telling cancer what it could do with itself.

    Much strength to you and L on your journey.

    1. Defeat it with your armoury of wit, insight, and humour. It cannot prevail against that, with Laurent by your side, and champers at the ready for whenever laughter sounds a bit rusty.

  6. Ok, Will. I’m nearby when you need anything. Looking forward to you wrestling this down to subscript cancer. Hugs from your stage love!

  7. Thinking of you at this difficult time. If you feel like writing about Miss C and use your blog to detail your ordeal, do not hesitate! All your ‘dear readerS’ (plural) certainly will not hesitate to accompany you, albeit in a small way, on your journey.

  8. Thank you, Will, for your posting. Your courage and Laurent’s love will be formidable opponents to CANcer. I remain with you in spirit, mind and heart.., prepared to do what I can along the way. Love to you both. ❤️🌟❤️.

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