2020: A Pandemic, A Fish Tattoo & Cancer (Where Have You Been, Jim?)
When the virus hit I dropped into serious mid-life crisis mode so I went out and got my first tattoo. I figured, "Hey, it's time to start living life a little bit more and do some new things."
I didn't want to get cancer as one of those new things to do, but, I did.
At the end of August I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had been having serious digestive issues since before March 2020. I keep writing them off as "covid stress". But they kept ramping up, escalating, every month until I was forced to call a doctor and finally get it figured out.
The colonoscopy revealed a large "fist sized" mass that was, in fact, cancerous. That's when shit got real, real fast. Within the next ten days we were meeting with a surgeon and getting a surgery scheduled (for Monday, Aug 31st) at the Cleveland Clinic.
What's the line from the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off? "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
So where have I been? Recovering from an eight-hour surgery and starting chemotherapy, of which I will do for the next three to six months.
Prognosis? It's all good. The mass is gone. Chemo is a precaution to make sure it never comes back. I am VERY lucky to have caught it early and that it did NOT reach anywhere else in my body.
Now here is where things get really interesting.
Because of this I have had a LOT of time to rethink how I want the rest of my life to go. I had already begun thinking about it before the virus, and then you add a global pandemic and cancer on top of it... well, it's time for a pivot.
So I'm currently working on a complete Jim Kukral rebrand. I'm 90% done with it, and when I have it I'll let you know.
For now though, I just wanted to update you since you were probably wondering where I was. Thanks again for sticking with me and I can't wait to show you what I've been working on soon.
As always, feel free to text me: (216) 236-8294
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