Marty's Journey

Week 2 - Trying to Keep Things Normal Gets Harder

Side effects mean it's becoming almost impossible to eat normally. But Marty's trying to keep life as normal as possible, while his doctors use cutting-edge science to fight his cancer.

As Marty finished up his second week of cancer treatment, he was starting to feel the side-effects. While he was trying to keep things normal at home and at work, Marty was also having a lot of trouble eating. Regular food literally made him gag. "Honestly it tastes like you're eating leaves from the yard and it makes me a little bit nauseous," said Marty as he tried to force down some chicken at dinner with the family. At this point he was subsisting mostly on high-protein shakes that wife Kristine was making for him.

On the flip side, there were some encouraging moments. Doctors told Marty that the tumor at the base of his tongue is shrinking. "This is great, great news. And I'm thrilled to death to hear it," said Marty. And he still has enough energy to join his kids in their hobbies, watching Chloe practice soccer, and Vince practice his viola with a special musical surprise for his "dad."

Marty's friend from Sarris Candies, Norm "The Candyman" Candelore also showed up at the hospital, while the Sparkt cameras were rolling, bringing Marty and the staff a sweet surprise.

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