Category Archives: Nick’s Progress


Nick continues to have good check-ups with his doctors. This past week he had no medical appointments at all, and this coming week, he has only one. This is quit a change from previous weeks! We anticipate continued good results.

I will post the link to Nick’s photos from Italy as soon as he is done editing them. On this trip, in addition to  still photos he shot a video. Continue reading December

Recovery, Week Three

On Wednesday August 6, Nick had his first post-radiation appointment with his radiologist. Dr. P.  was very pleased with his progress! Nick’s neck is healing, so much so that there are just three areas that require ointments 2x each day.   Dr. P. expected that in addition to food  and water tasting metallic, Nick would have regained his taste buds for saltiness, which is exactly where Nick is now. Continue reading Recovery, Week Three


In the home stretch: Each day this week  Nick has  had to cope with  a different side effect. On one day he had no voice above a whisper. On another, the nausea bothered him so much that he requested a different prescription.  His throat feels very “tight.” He was not able to consume anything other than Boost on some days. On the positive side, he had enough energy to go for a walk around the block  with me on two evenings. Continue reading 10-9-8-7-6

The Care Giver

Several friends and family members have written to tell me that as a care giver, I must remember to take care of myself.  Of course they are right, and I thought I was doing well at that.  I’ve been  eating properly, and I’ve been walking. I’ve been sleeping better. Writing this blog is a release for me. But yesterday I developed an awful sore throat, and my lips and tongue  are covered with white, painful bumps. Continue reading The Care Giver

“Managing cancer is a full time job.”

Nick began a new consulting job at the same time that he started his cancer treatments.  I  am grateful to his employer for allowing him to take a leave of absence until he is able to work again. I applaud Shelly’s employer for doing that as well. But there are  many of us who don’t or can’t take time off from our jobs, for a variety of reasons. Continue reading “Managing cancer is a full time job.”


Knowing what was ahead, we tried to add fun things to  our calendar whenever we could. They included:

• A road trip to North Carolina during Spring Break in April. We enjoyed a visit with my cousin Janet in Raleigh, and a visit with Nick’s cousin Nick in Winston-Salem. Lots of details and photos are at Continue reading Fun

How It Began

Back in December, Nick discovered a lump in his neck while he was shaving. He pointed it out to his internist at his next check-up. Doctor H.  was not alarmed. He suggested that it might be  just an infection reaction.

However, come February, the lump remained.  Doctor H. said it was good that Nick returned to him to have  it rechecked.  He arranged for Nick to have an ultrasound of his neck area. The results were that the lump  was either a swollen  lymph node caused by either infection,  or lymphoma, or squamous cell carcinoma. Infection, please let it be you! Continue reading How It Began

Video of a Radiation Treatment

Here is a video of Nick receiving a radiation treatment.

A treatment session at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk Connecticut. This is a speed up. The actual session took about 15 minutes.

Nick is being treated for a Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the back of the tongue. His prospects are excellent.

P.S. Like something out of a science fiction movie.