Kevin's Dead Cat

After surgery sliced off an entire tumor and 1/3 of my tongue, plus six weeks of radiation therapy, I've been re-learning how to eat, drink, and talk with my newly re-constructed tongue and coping with side effects. But the cancer came back and I don't know what's going to happen next.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004


I have a consult appointment with the surgeon, Dr. McNicoll, next Wednesday morning. This is a chance to bring up specifics on whether I or anyone else needs to donate blood before the surgery (type B+), and anything else I should do/expect. I'm going to confirm the short and long-term side effects of radiation treatment, and ask questions about Proton Therapy. The nearest facility is at Loma Linda University Medical Center (Ali mentioned that the original Int'l House of Pancakes is in that area, and that they serve an incredible apple crisp pancake thing).

Bad news is they're booked, and that the soonest I can get scheduled for surgery is Tues., August 31st. Dr. McNicoll is in surgery all day today, but his R.N., Maria, said she's trying to get me in sooner, keeping an eye out for cancellations. This also means I'll have to come in for another chest x-ray.

The tumor is developing a mind of its own. Sometimes the swelling is low, and I can get banana pudding or guacamole down. But then it just inflames for no good reason and I have to put the food away and down a margarita before I pass out from the pain.

A friend of mine mentioned a Spanish version of Cointreau, and I found it: Cuaranta y Tres. Mix 2 oz. Patron, 1 oz. Cuaranta y Tres, 1 oz. lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker, strain into a chilled martini glass, drink. Repeat at least two more times.


Blogger dvmsansue said...

Hi there Marla!

My name is Susan, the wife of Gerry. Gery is your cousin because he is the son of Rafael Esguerra, the brother of your father. I am praying for the success of your operation. Too bad my blood type is not B+. I admire your humor, despite your condition. I hope that Loma Linda University Medical Center does not serve apple crisp pancake. Thank you for the spanish version of cointreau. I told Kuya Dong and Ate Emma Guanlao that you have been diagnosed to be with cancer just this morning before they left for Canada. That is because it is only now that I got to know of your condition (through Gerry, my beloved husband). Anyway, I admire how you carry through. Despite your condition, you still manage to bring out the brighter side of life. I hope you have a more bearable day and may god be with us always.


July 23, 2004 5:07 AM  
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July 26, 2004 2:28 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hi Marla,

I'm your cousin, Gerry. I knew of your condition from your dad's post to Titong, of which I received a copy. I did not know I could post comments on your Blog account, and it was only when I saw Susan's post that I now know this.

I hear you do not want to undergo chemo, and I think that's a very wise choice. I sent a number of references to your dad on approaches we should all have for cancer. Right now, to me, cancer is no different from the flu. I've learned a lot in my recent studies in biochemistry and immunology to know that cancer is easily dealt with by the body.

I hope you could make use of the data I passed on to your dad. Actually, I would rather write my own book on how one should approach cancer.

Right now, I'm exploring an apparently good site,

I hope you are open to other approaches to cancer management. I would not call them "alternative" because to me, I don't think there's anything alternative -- either the treatment is good or it's not. And definitely, chemo is not. And so is radiation.

A simple thing you might like to start is to follow Dr. Budwig's protocol of taking a "supplement" of cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. You can get the details in a lot of websites, including:

I hope you are not offended by my recommendations.

If only I could be there. I'm a B+, and with my 200 lb body weight, I could easily give out 2 liters. ;) It would do me a lot of good to wake up my bone marrow once in a while.

Keep your spirits up. And know that cancer is not some dreaded, hopeless condition. Everyone has it every day, but their bodies cope with it. Therefore, you can also get your body to cope with it if your immune system is brought up to par.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to hear more of my ideas.

Your cousin,

July 29, 2004 3:27 AM  

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