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Jim Kelly starts chemotherapy Monday

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The cancer of Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has returned.  On Monday, he’s scheduled to start a round of chemotherapy.  Peter King of paints a picture that is both grim and inspirational.

As King explains it, Kelly has “countless microscopic tumors” in his head.  A recurrence of the large tumor removed from his jaw in 2013, the new cancer was difficult to diagnose as Kelly experienced migraines that couldn’t be explained.  Now, the cancer is spreading deeper into his head, along nerves and arteries.  But even though the situation feels bleak, there is plenty of hope.

Dr. Peter Costantino said Kelly’s condition “very treatable and potentially curable.”

“If he’s saying it, I hope so,” Kelly told King.  “I just know there’s a lot of work to do, to shrink the cancer.  I just pray it works.  If you hear I’m about to have surgery, then you know it’s working.  That’s the goal.  But it won’t be an easy operation.”

Nothing has been easy for Kelly.

“It’s been such a roller coaster,” he told King.  “So many things.  The Super Bowl losses, the fabulous career, my son born sick, making the Hall of Fame, my son dying, two plates and 10 screws in my back after major surgery, one plate and six screws in my neck after another surgery, a double hernia, the cancer, surgery on my jaw, the cancer coming back, now what I’m facing.”

What he’s facing so bravely potentially gives the thousands of cancer patients who fight the disease in anonymity a shining example of the mindset they should have, whatever the type of cancer and whatever the treatment.  We continue to wish him well, and we hope that everyone facing cancer — both the patients and their family members — find a way to muster the will to keep pushing back, regardless of the circumstances.

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20 Responses to “Jim Kelly starts chemotherapy Monday”
  1. 69finfan says: Mar 31, 2014 8:24 AM

    A Human Being here praying for another Human Being to get well and beat this. God Bless Jim Kelly and his family.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 31, 2014 8:24 AM

    Keep moving the chains and you will be happy with the results. Success is inevitable that way.

  3. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Mar 31, 2014 8:31 AM

    Heros get remembered, but Legends never die.

  4. giantsfan82 says: Mar 31, 2014 8:36 AM

    A true Warrior… Get well Soon Jim!

  5. mastershake31 says: Mar 31, 2014 8:37 AM

    Good luck and God bless Jimbo

  6. shackdelrio says: Mar 31, 2014 8:45 AM

    We`re pulling for you Jim.

  7. accipiterq says: Mar 31, 2014 8:49 AM

    Get well Jim; sounds like there was a delay in spotting it, but they found it before it got too out of hand.

  8. truebuffalo says: Mar 31, 2014 8:51 AM

    Your in our thoughts and prays Jimbo, you’ll get through this and Bills Nation will be here fighting with you. We are your soldiers on the front line against this damming disease.

  9. bvolke says: Mar 31, 2014 8:55 AM

    God Bless the Kelly family. If any family deserves a Hail Mary pass to win a game late in the 4th, it’s them. After all they’ve been through with family illness, something tells me one of the toughest players to ever don an nfl helmet will beat this.

  10. huskersrock1 says: Mar 31, 2014 9:03 AM

    I chewed tobacco until I saw a picture of a man with half a jaw on “outside the lines”. I quit that moment..

  11. fabquarrymen says: Mar 31, 2014 9:13 AM

    It’s such an inspiration to hear how Jim is trusting God through all this and his spirits are good! Many prayers going up for you, Jim, and your family! Please keep the faith that you’ll beat this!

  12. itsjustmyopinionbut says: Mar 31, 2014 9:20 AM

    @huntersrock1 – Not a correction but rather a clarification for other people. Jim Kelly’s cancer did not stem from chewing or smoking tobacco. Congrats on quitting. As soon as my kids are of age they’ll be getting the Google Pictures tour of Tobacco & Alcohol related conditions as well as all the STD’s. Scare ‘em straight.

  13. rrhess1529 says: Mar 31, 2014 9:43 AM

    God Bless the Kelly family..

  14. jkindler429 says: Mar 31, 2014 9:45 AM

    I have terminal cancer myself and have gone through a operation and now chemo doesn’t work so I know his strife ,good luck Jim and keep your hopes up ,that is all you can do .

  15. jerrygogo says: Mar 31, 2014 10:06 AM

    Good luck to you Mr. Kelly!

  16. bradygirl12 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:14 AM

    How can you not admire the guy for keeping up the fight? Many others would have just given in by now. God bless you,Jim Kelly,and may your fight be successful. Don’t ever give up!

  17. mikecarter1135 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:42 AM

    And we be complaining about back pains. I need to think about Jim Kelly before I ever complain again. Praying for you Jim

  18. melikefootball says: Mar 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    Jim you and your family stay strong, beat this thing.

  19. jdphx says: Mar 31, 2014 1:54 PM

    All the best Jim… Hang tough.

  20. mjw9326mjw9326 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:16 AM

    You have a ton of people praying for you JK. We can only hope God hears the prayers and says, “Yes, I will heal you”.

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