Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a scheduled follow-up surgery in New York on Thursday.
Kelly’s wife Jill posted a pre-op photo of Kelly via Instagram with the accompanying message:
“Back in the Big Apple for more surgery today. Another step forward in the healing process. If all goes well, we will be back home by the weekend. Other than God’s Grace and a whole lot of praying… I don’t know how he does it.
“Like Hunter’s life, Jim’s struggles are a constant reminder that this life is not the end of the story. God’s plans are eternal. And He’s just getting started. We have so much to look forward to! There is immeasurably more waiting… P.S. Thank you for praying!”
Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 — a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly’s upper jaw was entirely reconstructed.
Kelly said before his golf outing that during this operation, doctors will continue reconstructing the upper portion of his mouth.
Kelly is scheduled to be recognized at the ESPY Awards but is uncertain whether he can attend the ceremony.
“As people out there know, when you have cancer, you never know what tomorrow holds,” he said earlier this month. “When I was diagnosed for the first time, it scared you. The second time, even more and going into the third time, I don’t even worry anymore. It is what it is.”
Since 2007, the V Foundation has presented the award to “a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination.”
–Field Level Media