Jim Kelly and his family have begun to pull back the curtain to reveal what he's up against.
The Kellys allowed Sports Illustrated writer Peter King into his room at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and opened up about the Buffalo Bills legend's cancer. CBS reporter Jeff Glor, a Town of Tonawanda native, interviewed Jill Kelly and Thurman Thomas for a segment that will air on "CBS This Morning."
Kelly's cancer is comprised of "rather countless microscopic" tumors, has spread up his infraorbital nerve and "is dangerously close to the carotid artery in his head," King wrote.
King also reported Kelly is scheduled to have chemotherapy treatments today and Tuesday and radiation treatments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in hopes of stopping the cancer from multiplying.
"I guarantee the normal person wouldn't have been able to take it," Kelly told King of the pain. "Some days, I don't know how I did. I complained about my headaches for months, and for a while I thought it was just part of the healing process from such a serious surgery. But obviously it was more than that. I'd look up to the Lord and say, 'I give. Uncle. You got me.'
"But now, this is just another river to cross. Now we know what it is, and we'll keep fighting. Whatever I did in life I never did alone. So we'll fight. It's in the Lord's hands now."
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