By Alan Pergament
Some leftovers from my conversation with Buffalo Sabres announcing legend Rick Jeanneret that pertain to the reaction from Wednesday's story about his diagnosis with stage 3 throat cancer:
With Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute nearby, the natural question was why wasn't Jeanneret being treated there instead of the cancer clinic in Hamilton, Ont. Naturally, I asked Jeanneret that question:
"That's not the point," said Jeanneret, who is an independent contractor with the Sabres and not technically an employe with insurance. "The point is where you are insured. I am insured in Canada, not in Buffalo. I know that Roswell is world-renowned. That's out of the question at the moment."
I'm sure many Sabre fans wish Jeanneret would get the best treatment in the place that makes him most comfortable no matter which country the hospital or clinic is located in.
About whether he knows the technical term for his cancer:
"That was enough to give me pause right there," said Jeanneret of hearing the words throat cancer. "I didn't pay a whole lot of attention after that."
I imagine that's a plenty common reaction from cancer patients.
About whether he feels sorry for himself because of the location of his cancer in his throat when he makes his living with his voice:
"I didn't choose to have cancer and secondly I didn't choose where it is going to strike," said Jeanneret. "I have every intention of coming back."
In other words, he admirably isn't feeling sorry for himself.
About whether he has reached out to former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, who was treated for throat cancer about 14 years ago and was the focus of at least one story in the local news Wednesday pertaining to Jeanneret's announcement:
"I really haven't had time to think about it," said Jeanneret. "Until this article comes out, nobody knows what my situation is so I haven't heard from anybody. I haven't reached out."
I imagine Giambra or anyone who has gone through what Jeanneret is about to experience would be more than happy to talk to him about it if he wants some comfort.
One more thing: Besides noting the support he has received from his wife, mother, two sons and stepdaughter, Jeanneret also mentioned his sister. It was my oversight and I apologize to her. She was mentioned in a subsequent blog Wednesday.