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Hello all. What a huge bummer but yes, I have been diagnosed with cancer. I have a golfball sized tumor affecting my tonsil, tongue and soft palate. It has been deemed inoperable so we are starting with a treatment of radiation for the next couple months. It has become a new and sometimes scary world, but it has brought me literally closer to all of you already. To respect our relationships and be able to share when I need to, I will be writing here when I can and Mari will as well when she needs to, or I cannot. My plan is to keep it simple, I don't see myself reaching out often but I know it is important to share with you what the heck is going on as things move along, change, and get a little crazy.
The "Desert Kid" photo I included was sent to me by my worried and funny aunt Debbie. It reminds me of a time that was not just "BC," but free. I have been bolted to a radiation table this week working my way back to the innocence found for me in this photograph. Thankfully it has given me an enormous amount of peace in a time that seems to goad you to panic... so far so good. Thanks Deb.
I have been handed a thing and it can be overwhelming. It is not unfair or unjust, it just is, and it happens to rest with me for now. I haven't been shaking my fist, but certainly my head at times. I am loved and love many. I am blessed far beyond what I deserve and I feel ready. My first week has left me wearing a lead jacket, fatigued, headache and some nausea. All manageable for now. I am thankful for you all. The helpful, prayerful, thoughtful bunch that mingles with the Mountsier clan. Thank you.
Texts, emails, calls and whatever else may not be returned, but know that we hear you and need them. Jason