Saturday, February 4, 2012

Turning a Rock into a pebble

Mr. R. is a 72 year male who owned the Bar and Billiards Hall at the end of his street, for almost twenty years.

It was called Rock's Bar and Billiards

His nickname is "Rock."

I saw pictures of him posing, with a son, at his establishment.

He was the picture of health at age 68, muscular, and weighed over 200 pounds.

About 4 years ago, he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and had surgery and extensive radiation therapy.

He was a heavy smoker.

He sold the Bar shortly after being diagnosed.

He's considered cured at this time.

Unfortunately, he was left with the inability to swallow and has been fed through a gastric tube since.

He's had many complications due to aspiration pneumonia, skin breakdown and wounds.

He's now frail, chronically ill appearing and weighs about 120 pounds.

The Rock now feels like a pebble.

Cancer, and the treatment, can often do just that.

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