Ok, I know this flies by harmless self-absorbtion and lands squarely in exhibitionism, but come on! You know you wanted to see it.
This is a photo from the PET scan I took. That black thing is not my heart, that black thing is the problem.
UPDATE: See also, PET Scan Before and After Photos
My friend Katie is a nursing assistant in a hospital’s radiation department and teaches patients to knit hats for their cold heads. She sent me two of her finest creations. Thanks Katie!
Now that I’m diagnosed, and now that I’ve put on a little weight, some friends are starting to shyly admit that, actually, I wasn’t looking all that good in the past few months. Well, I guess it’s more like “You’re looking much better!” This caught me by surprise the first time few times, as I hadn’t realized I was looking that bad before. But I guess you can see from these pictures that I had started to wither quite a bit. They call cancer a “wasting” disease.
The first picture is a healthy picture from awhile ago; the second, a not-so-healthy shot from June, 2005 – one month prior to diagnosis. I guess I enjoyed being Hollywood skinny, but not weak and pale and tired and cancerous.
My hair is just not going to fall out. I’ve mentioned before how totally unlikely this scenario is, considering the fact that my hair started to jump ship around age 15, but somehow I’ve managed to be the Richard Gere of chemotherapy and keep what was left of my hair.
Damn! I was really looking forward to seeing what I looked like without any hair. I’ve never had the guts to skin my own head, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to see what it would look like – and then if it looked really bad, I could just blame it on chemotherapy and triple the sympathy!
As that didn’t work out, I decided just to take matters into my own hands. While I used to be shy, or scared, of doing something as caustic as shaving my head, I am no longer scared of such silly things.
Tito was the big black thing on left that’s not there anymore on the right. Good riddance you worthless freeloader.