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By Frank Kaiser
AND THE FAT LADY
I don’t remember exactly when this first occurred to me, but I knew I was going to die. And soon.
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Last you heard — in this soap opera that has become our lives — my wife Carolyn had just endured a stem cell transplant to force her so-called incurable blood- and bone-cancer into remission. And she got it! Her doctor has told her that she is in partial remission with two to five years or more before more treatment might be necessary. Today she weighs in a hot and svelte 135 pounds.
back in the comic books, right in the middle of Carolyn’s procedure I’d
suffered a serious
heart attack requiring the placement of four stents. Could
it get worse?
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All the nurses stopped to chat. “You do! You smile just like him!”
A guy can get used to that.
Especially a sick old goat wondering if he will live long enough get the hell out of there. By day four the nursing staff had lost interest. A glance in a mirror revealed, with four days growth of beard, instead of Jack Nicholson I looked like every other geezer on the floor, pasty and pathetic.
Just when I came to believe there was no hope, Carolyn’s oncologist convinced me that I am truly one lucky guy. My particularly small and aggressive cancer, it turns out, is easily killed with chemo. The doctors make it sound like, "a little chemo, a little radiation to stop this already Stage IV cancer from advancing into the brain, and faster than death knows how to run, the cancer's in remission. I swear, that's word the oncologist used. Remission.
So I got a port installed at my right shoulder, and last week had three days of chemo. After three more, by mid-October another CAT scan will see if the little buggers are gone. Doctors tell me the cancer will return, but we will be able to beat it back again.
Beats the alternative.
I honestly have no idea where this will take me. Never has “A Day at a Time” been so paramount in my thinking. The alternative, my oncologist told me, was a life expectancy of 16-20 days.
My apologies to all of you who have written us. I’ve wanted to write for a long time now but, as you can see, we’re only now just able. I hope to make it up to you as I have a headful of interesting, sometimes amazing, always entertaining columns ready to write.
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So now you know.
And know too, please, that we plan to keep Suddenly Senior together for you as long as we’re able. To give you hilarious weekly jokes, readable stories and reliable, helpful information — this is our mission (along with getting you to laugh at yourself).
For a while, we considered selling the site. We had a serious buyer. But we would have lost Suddenly Senior forever; worse, the buyer had ties with Big Pharma. Can you imagine?
There’s got to be a way to preserve Suddenly Senior. It’s a unique Internet phenomenon, part of the fascinating story of the Web. It would a shame to find it only on the Wayback Machine.
In 1999, when I started Suddenly Senior, I promised that I would write with truth and humor about what it’s like to get old, nose hairs and all. Carolyn joined me soon after. We plan to continue writing just that. We plan to share our lives with you as long as we’re able.
It’s just too much fun not to!
on this week's Suddenly Senior.
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