I'm emotionally overwhelmed by the support of my family, friends, the basketball community and everyone at ESPN. I was absolutely elated after surgery when John Saunders and Sandy Montag gave me a thumbs up. That was a pre-arranged sign to indicate a positive report if the lesion was benign.
By the way, it is a riot running around with a pad in my hand, writing notes so that my wife Lorraine can communicate for me. This is one of the toughest things I have ever had to face -- not talking for three weeks as my throat heals. Imagine me not speaking for three weeks! I guess that is my penance for driving basketball fans crazy for almost 30 years!
I'm so lucky as many are not as fortunate in this situation. That is why, in the last chapter of my life, I'm so obsessed with following Jimmy V's dream of finding a cure for the dreaded disease, cancer.
Please don't forget to help us. Call (800)-4-JIMMYV. Make a donation in the name of Payton Wright to help find a cure for kids with cancer.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.