What's up, Fockers? Been a while since I visited the boards. Doesn't seem to be much action in the Off the Wall, so posting this here.
Some of you may have heard, but I was recently diagnosed with Stage IV oral cancer. I had been having issues with facial pain and other symptoms since the middle of last year which resulted in me taking a medical leave from work in November to get some answers. This resulted in some scans showing a mass in the floor of my mouth
that turned out to be cancerous.
I will be having surgery on March 13th at the University of Michigan. Surgery will be followed by radiation and possibly chemo. In addition, I'll be participating in a clinical trial
of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab. You may have seen commercials for its brand name, Keytruda
. It's already approved for other cancers, but they are doing the study to see if it is effective in treating head & neck cancers.
In any case, I will be laid up for a while. I already plan to get going on Star Wars for mobile gaming, but thinking about getting a console again too. Any recommendations on XBox One vs. PS4? What about Nintendo Switch? Let me know what you guys think on that and any games that I should check out too. I will still have the PC gaming as an option of course, but at least for the first few months my left hand won't be working very well. Along with the procedure to remove the tumor, there will also be what's called free flap surgery
that transplants tissue from my left wrist
to reconstruct half of my tongue and a portion of my mouth floor.
So...that's about it for now. I included a bunch of links for those that want to learn more about this craziness. I appreciate any prayers and positive vibes you can send my way. It's going to be a long road, but the prognosis is good. For updates on my progress you can check here periodically: Rich, Kristen, & Adela
. This is not intended to be a solicitation. It's just where my wife will be posting the latest status.
Thanks, fockers! I hope everyone is doing well!