Jim Kelly set to come home today to continue his recovery from cancer surgery

April 25, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

A month after heading to New York City for major surgery, Jim Kelly is set to come home to continue his recovery.

Kelly was diagnosed with oral squamous-cell carcinoma in May 2013. He had been cancer-free since September 2014. A biopsy in February revealed the cancer has returned. Kelly issued a statement on March 1st, announcing the news.

Kelly went under the knife one month ago. Doctors removed the cancer, and reconstructed much of Kelly’s upper jaw, which he revealed has caused him massive amounts of pain every day. Doctors called the surgery a success.

Kelly hopes that his quality of life will greatly improve followed the reconstruction surgery.

The Kelly’s have been documenting their journey – sharing photos and asking for continued prayers. Showing how Jim communicated with a white board, support from his family,



A look at the city out his hospital window.


And the day he left the hospital.


In his most recent post on Instagram on Monday, Jim shared this post,



Jim Kelly on his last day in NYC before heading home following cancer surgery via Instagram.
“On final day of being in the big apple, Jill, Erin and Parker took me on a little walk around Central Park. It was awesome just to see trees again and to breathe fresh air. GOD willing we will be heading back home tomorrow. Can’t wait. Till then, don’t stop the prayers. THANK YOU ALL.”




One thing is certain, Jim Kelly has an entire community praying for his recovery. #12.




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