Paul Davis and I met and fell in love in the spring of 1981. Later that year, Paul was diagnosed with an aggressive non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Three years of radiation and chemotherapy later, Paul was in remission, but our relationship had come apart. It took twelve years for us to find our way back together; we married in 1998.
In 2002, Paul developed congestive heart failure, a long-term side effect of the high dose of Adriamycin he received during his lymphoma treatment. But he was basically a healthy 43-year-old man, and responded well to medications, so his heart failure symptoms were well controlled for over a decade.
In January, 2004, Paul was diagnosed with his second cancer, an oral squamous cell carcinoma at the base of his tongue. We wrote about his treatment and recovery at Paul vs. the Squamous Monster. (Sadly, the many wonderful comments from friends and family were lost when Blogger made changes to their comment system.)
In April, 2013, Paul was diagnosed with his third cancer, another oral squamous cell carcinoma, this time in the tonsil area. Like the second cancer, this tumor was most likely caused by the radiation that Paul received in the the early 1980’s. Paul and I started this blog to document his treatment and what we were sure would again be a successful recovery. This time, though, we weren’t so lucky. Paul died on January 10, 2014, of complications following surgery to remove the tumor.
Paul was a brilliant, witty, kind man, wise beyond his years, who battled his illnesses with bravery, humor and heart. I miss him terribly.