Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Cosmic Gobsmack: Me and Mr. C

My gut started bothering me a week or so before the last GenCon.

I had a previously set appointment for Aug. 21st and told my Family Dr., who recommended a CT Scan two days hence.

It detected a mass.

I was scheduled for a colonoscopy 5 days later, the 28. The day I found out I had colon cancer, even though I was not scheduled for another test for a year. It was guesstimated to be small and require that no more than 7 or 8 inches of my colon.

On Sept 28th they removed half of my colon and a tumor my surgeon characterized as "...big as (his) fist".

Two days ago, Nov. 14th, I had the first of twelve chemical infusions to be administered every two weeks over the next six months. I have already experienced brief flashes of some of the platinum's side effects; I understand they only get more intense and of longer duration. Last night I stuck two fingers into a jar of cold pickles and thought I was grabbing a Taser on low power. Drinking cold water feels like drinking slushees.

I want to write about what all of this has been like. I will.

I want to keep writing about games and gaming. I will.

I have several projects mentally assembled but yet to be born, but born they will be.

I have two collaborations/assignments that need to be done. They will be.

I cannot promise how often I will be able to post here over the next 6 months; I'm told to expect flashes of "chemo-brain". But I will, when I can.

When asked at GameHole Con two weeks ago what was driving me, I said that the two fuels I intended to rely upon are Ornery and Acerbic.

To the countless people that have sent me prayers, good vibes, sincere wishes of many sorts, many of them from folks I have never met: You overwhelm me with your love and support; that is what will get me through the bad days ahead.

6 comments:

  1. Mr. Kask, I am very sorry to hear this news. From my heart I offer you and your family my deepest well wishes and prayers for your situation. It is evident you are a strong man and I wish you the best possible outcome. Peace and strength to you. JB

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  2. Mr. Kask,
    Best wishes for your treatment and recovery. I'm hoping that Ornery and Acerbic mindsets will serve you well in the days to come.

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  3. Chemo screwed with my short term memory for the months that I had it. Long term, it screwed with my focus but amplified my creativity. Probably made me the blogger I am.

    You'll pull through this just fine. Don't worry, I have a direct line to God. I was ordained online multiple times (while going through chemo none the less ;)

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  4. Dear Tim: Keep strong, if Ornery counts you're gonna do just fine!

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  5. Tim, I'm very sorry to hear this! I don't know what words matter at this time, but man am I (and many others) pulling for you! May your recovery be swift, for I intend to meet you for the first time at Garycon in March.

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  6. > I said that the two fuels I intended to rely upon are Ornery and Acerbic.<

    Legendary :)

    Here's to the success of your planned projects. You know that you have support out there and if you need it, we will help.

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