I’ve had all kinds if thoughts I wanted to blog about for the past few days, but there were a few personal things I had to finish first. Now that they’re done, it’s good to be able to talk about what’s going on.
I’ve been diagnosed with cancer–squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, to be precise. It’s highly treatable because the biopsied tissue was strongly positive for HPV. The treatment is supposed to be physically rough, but on the other side of it is the potential for a cancer-free rest of my life.
I’m going to be blogging about the experience over the next few months. Treating cancer like a death sentence or some kind of dark secret isn’t just dumb–it can affect your health. Patients who enter treatment as informed participants who communicate and have a support network heal more quickly and have a higher life expectancy overall.
I’ve set a filter so my cancer-related posts won’t usually show on this home page (which I want to keep focused on game design). You’ll be able to find them by clicking on the “Cancer Blog” category on the right-hand listing. There will be a flurry of posts at first, while I get everything out of my head that I haven’t been able to talk about until now.
A few quick notes I wanted to make here on my home page:
Thanks to my family, my friends, everyone at iWin, and especially Charlie. You’ve been amazing, and your support has already made a huge difference!
And to everyone else: please read the book Anti-Cancer. Do it today. It has a slew of information about how simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your chances of getting cancer, and increase your odds of survival if you do get it. The author was a doctor, and the information on it is based on science. Imagine for a minute the experience of having to tell your spouse, your parents or your child that you have cancer. In a later blog post, I can tell you exactly how it feels but the short version is that it feels worse than when hearing it from your doctor the first time. I’ve done a lot of really hard things in my life, but telling people who care about me that I have cancer ranks as some of the worst moments of my life.
Now imagine that you can make a few simple changes in your lifestyle and increase the odds that you will NEVER have to do that terrible thing. Isn’t that possibility worth the price and reading time for one book?
Stay tuned for more updates over the next few days. I’ll talk about how I found out, the process of getting a treatment plan, telling friends and family, and what you think about when you’re in this situation. This shouldn’t be a dark secret because that’s what makes cancer such a scary dark monster. Fear is the real enemy here. Knowledge, faith and love are the weapons against it.