That’s just one reason chemotherapy really sucks for him. Of course, the real reason chemotherapy sucks is the cancer: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
One of our best designers, Henry, started feeling a little “off” earlier this summer. Headaches, dizziness, other various non-specific symptoms. Finally, though, he’d had enough and decided to visit his doctor to get it all checked out. The result: a cancer diagnosis.
His doctor immediately got him set up with specialists and they devised a treatment plan for him: several rounds of chemotherapy along with even more radiation treatments. The treatments started a few weeks ago in late August/early September. His first round of chemo really knocked Henry for a loop – he was in the hospital more than a week recovering. Radiation treatments have continued.
It’s now just after the middle of September and Henry’s just finished his second round of chemo over the weekend. He’ll be out again recovering from this round for a few days. His radiation treatments are taking a toll. From Henry: “I have falling hair at the back of my head, the area affected by RT, sores in my mouth, and I can’t swallow properly.” And he’s still got 18 more radiation sessions to go.
Since he began to work with BLM he’s always had a fantastic attitude and amazing positive outlook about everything – just a real contagious personality. He’s carried that outlook into this battle and from the start said he was going to kick cancer’s ass. His doctors are giving him a good prognosis, and despite the toll it’s taking on him right now, the chemo and radiation treatments are doing their job and hitting the cancer hard. As the treatments drag on he’s beginning to get tired and show cracks in that positive outlook, but he remains committed to winning.
Stay strong, Henry, and keep fighting. I know your family is rooting for you – so is your family here at BLM.
And just like I would tell my own family: stop being such a wimp with the needles. Love ya, man – take care of yourself.