The latest health news is in. I have type 2 diabetes which was brought on by obesity. I test positive for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Worse, I have squamous cell cancer which is in stage 4.
The good news is that the diabetes will leave when I lose the excess weight. The cancer is treatable by either surgery or a combination of radiation therapy and chemo therapy. Given that the surgery is 12 hours long and leaves permanent damage to my head and neck, I'm opting for radiation and chemo.
The national success rate for this is around 85%; My oncologist, Dr. Steven Rubin, has a success rate in the high 90s. I'll be having 7 weeks of radiation therapy, 5 sessions per week and 7 weeks of chemo therapy, 1 session per week. This translates into four months of misery.
Getting old isn't for sissies.