By Jay Skurski
As of today, Jim Kelly is cancer free.
The Buffalo Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback made that uplifting announcement this morning as his 26th annual football camp got underway inside the team's fieldhouse.
Kelly learned last week that he will not have to go through radiation treatment or chemotherapy following surgery on June 7 to remove cancer in his upper jaw bone.
"Which to me, is a blessing
because what I’ve been told about all the stuff that they did in surgery, that
if I had to do radiation or chemo, it would put me way back," said the 53-year-old Kelly, whose speech was perhaps a little slower than usual, but otherwise clear and strong in making his first public appearance since the surgery.
Kelly said he was experiencing some expected soreness in his jaw, but otherwise his recovery is right on track.
"Big-time relief," he said. "Trust me, prayers definitely
had a big part in it, there’s no doubt. Not just with my family, but all across
the country. And I’ve received so many letters and emails from people that have
had similar circumstances as I did, and some of them were not very good, and
some of them were very good.
encouraged on one hand, and then discouraged on the other, but to find out
where they’ve been, and the prognosis of where I’m going, I’m very excited. I’m
happy. Never thought I’d be saying the word cancer … but it’s part of what has
happened to me in the ups and downs of life."
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