Saturday, September 25, 2010

Aaron-Carl Discusses Recent Cancer Diagnosis

Hello everyone:

I'm sure by now you've heard the news, but I wanted to make sure you heard it from me.  After having to cancel my European tour and going in and out of the hospital for the past couple weeks, we now know why.  Thursday, September 23, 2010, I was officially diagnosed with cancer. 

They found the cancer cells in the fluid they drew from around my lung, which is consistent with lymphoma.  In the next few days, I'll return to the hospital to get a bone marrow biopsy to determine exactly which type of lymphoma I have, what stage, etc, so we can figure out how to best treat it.

I convinced them to let me come home from the hospital.  I wanted to spend time with my family and friends, in my own territory.  I'm not gonna overwork myself -- I will focus on getting better, but I just couldn't stand laying up in that hospital bed.  Mentally, it only made things worse for me.  People came to see me, yes.  But when everyone was gone, and it was just me -- I was terrified.  So terrified, I now have to take blood pressure medication.

For those who know me, you know I'm a fighter.  I've fought all of my life, for everything.  I'm not gonna stop now.  I admit, this is one of the scariest things to admit or to even face.  Me.  Cancer.  Wow... 

I've tried my best to keep you updated via my facebook page, Twitter, etc.  And I must thank you ALL for all of your words of encouragement and support.  For years, I've noticed I was "hated."  Now at this time in my life, I realize that I'm actually loved. 

We'll talk more, as I know more.  Thanks, and much love...

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