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Let me tell you about Chemo

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Thursday and Friday are two of the most important days of the year here at KTTS.

Together, you and all of us at KTTS have the opportunity to thank the lord for health and bond together to fight cancer. 

It's our KTTS St Jude Radiothon.  Become a Partner In Hope by calling 1-800-411-9898.  It's just $20/month.   Your money goes directly to research cures for cancer that is shared throughout the world.  Your money goes directly to kids so they can be treated at St Jude Children's Hospital. 

You can save a life.

We talk sometimes on the air about kids and chemotherapy.  We talk about how brave the kids are.

I've been doing St Jude Radiothons for alot of years.  I've always talked about the kids and their courage.  Their attitudes.

But I didn't really now what chemo was like until the past year.

A year ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer.   It took me by complete surprise.  I've always been a relatively healthy person and now I was facing cancer.

I had surgery to remove the tumor.  It turned out that the cancer cells had gotten into 4 of my lymph nodes nearest the tumor.  Chemo was the next step to make sure cancer wasn't spreading throughout my body.

Chemo sucks.

Don't get me wrong.  Everyone at the Cancer center were awesome.  Always a smile. Always a positive outlook. 

But chemo itself sucks.

It starts with a surgeon inserting a port inside your chest.  A port is a device that is kind of like a pad that they stick a needle into and it's attached to a vein or artery so the chemo can invade your body.

The needle they stick in you is huge.  It hurts tremendously when they insert it.  Long tubes are from the needle that they hook up to an infusion machine.

For me, I had a long day.   6 hours of sitting in a chair while they pumped all sorts of poison into me.

Chemo is poison by the way.  Poison that kills cancer cells.

For me, I had a bag attached to me for another 2 days with more chemo pumping thru my body.

They gave me anti nausau pills to try and help combate getting sick.  Sometimes they worked.  Sometimes I got violently sick for days after.

I felt drained.  I felt like crud for the most part for several days.   My tastebuds completely changed.  I couldn't eat anything cold for 10 days after chemo.   Cold burned my fingers and my mouth.

I got neuropathy in my feet and fingers.  I had never heard of it.  Basically the nerves in half my feet and my finger tips died.   There's a chance the nerves will regenerate.  There's a chance this will be permanent.

I felt so bad at times that I told my wife more than once I didn't want to do chemo anymore.  She made me promise to continue.   The only reason I did was because I knew the chemo gave me a better chance to live.

It was one of the happiest days of my life when I finished chemo!   I can now say I'm a cancer survivor.

I now have even a better appreciation for the kids we're trying to save.   I'm old.  I understood what I was going through.

Many of the kids we raise money for don't have a clue what they're in for.  They're too young to understand neuropathy or even prounce the diseases they have.  They don't understand why they feel sick or throw up. 

But they are the bravest people I know.

Your money saves lives.  Your donation is your insurance policy for your kids, your grand kids.

St Jude Children's Research Hospital is a wonderful place doing wonderful things.

Someday kids won't have to go through chemo and have poison put in their bodies.

You can be the reason why. 

Call 1-800-411-9898 and become a Partner In Hope now.



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