Ricky Head and Grandmother Faherty Cancer article pt @
Cancer Tragedy Strikes Double BltiivAtArea Fatiiily C_x •/ , »/ (Continued From Page One) 57,000 for the first t«t> operations. As for Ricky, he understands little about \vhai is happening to him. "He understands that the doctor cut on his head," his mother said. "We. toid him he has a tumor, which he doesn't understand. He doe.s know it's something like his grandmother has." His grandmother,: Mrs. Paher- iy, has had six tumors removed from her bo/iy in the past 1 five veal's. Her cancer, melanoma, was originally diagnosed as benign in .1968. '...'• But Jast year- Mrs. Fahorly's doctor tpld her to go to the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston for .further testing and treatment alter tumors continued to develop. it.was during her third visit to : <he cancer research center when she received the call to come home because Ricky was in- critical condition following his first, operation. Mrs. Faheriy has decided; against further treatment for her cancer because of the adverse side effects. .'•'."! can't expect «: euro. Tho tumors can return, but 1 feel I'd rather Jive what time I have left in a parUy normal Way than to take vhemoiherapy and to so terribly sjck and bedridden the !*« of my life," nick- y's grandmother said,. Mrs. Ftthwty, like Ricky, "could go at any time," she said,, if a tumor strikes anv of her• internal organs. Both mother and grandmother have tried to respond philosophically to tlie plight the family is facing. "My outlook, especially «o- waj-d my baby, is thai God save us these children. Jlo loaned them to us. If Ho takes Ricky or Mother, it's because he wanted them. God want them for some reason," Mrs. Head said. And Mrs. Faherty, wiio -may soon be facing the death of a grandchild ns well as her own, has adopted a special fortitude. "I'm still in there; fight* ins," she said, "I'm not giving tip."