The bald head, at least at this point, is not from chemotherapy. I decided to try shaving it about a month ago to see what I would look like. It may or may not stay shaved. The beard will definitely go back to gray.

July 14, 2017 Way back near the end of 1991, I developed a bad pneumonia. They kept giving me various antibiotics which didn't help. By the time a doctor recognized I might have AIDS, it had progressed to a critical level. I was placed in the hospital where they determined I had Pneumocystis pneumonia. While they were trying to flush out some of the buildup, I came within a few seconds of dying.

Anyway, after spending 2 weeks in intensive care, and another 2 weeks in a private room, I was ready to go home, but was still very weak. The last few days in the hospital, I was having extreme difficulty achieving a bowel movement. What I didn't realize at the time was because the only thing I had been able to eat the previous 3 weeks was hard boiled eggs and milk, there wasn't anything to excrete. The resulting straining was what caused the beginning of my hemorrhoids. Because of my HIV status, the doctors advice was to leave them alone unless they became a serious problem.

Fast forward 25 years to late 2016, and I began to notice an unusual growth at my rectum.

On May 17, 2017, I had a colonoscopy and was referred to a Colorectal Surgeon to have the hemorrhoids removed and the growth biopsied.

The procedure was done on June 23 and the biopsy results came back on July 11 when I found out the result was positive.

I am now scheduled for my initial chemotherapy and radiation treatment consultation on July 26.

At this point (July 14) the prognosis is very good. The surgery went well, which I am told is the worst of the procedure, and I am healing nicely with no apparent complications.


July 22, 2017 Anatomical Pathology Report (June 23, 2017)

Received in formalin labeled "Harrell, Alfred" and "right anterolateral hemorrhoid" is a 2.5 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm tan-purple wrinkled rubbery excision of skin and mucosa which is inked at the surgical margin, serially sectioned and submitted entirely in OA17 -1000 Al.

Microscopic examination is performed.

Final Diagnosis:

Right Anterolateral Hemorrhoid, Hemorrhoidectomy

  1. Invasive Moderately Differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma arising from High Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion (Carcinoma in SITU/AIN III) encompassing HPV Effect, greatest dimension 1.1 centimeter.
  2. High Grade Dysplasia at peripheral margin.
  3. Margins negative for Invasive Carcinoma, approximately 2 millimeters closest.
  4. Negative for Perineural and Lymphovascular Invasion.

I will update this page as I can over the coming weeks. Next update should be the evening of July 26.