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Jim Kelly
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly gestures during a press conference in Batavia, N.Y. , Monday June 3, 2013. Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Kelly Responds to Checkup Results

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he's encouraged by the positive news he got from doctors at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, but notes he's not out of the woods yet.

Reacting to the news on Thursday, Kelly was cautiously optimistic. “The pain from the cancer is gone, and I’m improving on a daily basis. I’m eating more, and my strength is returning slowly but surely. I’m not a very patient person by nature, so I get frustrated, but I’m very blessed.” Kelly told ESPN’s Mike & Mike, "There are some areas...that they could not tell right away. I have to, unfortunately, go back to NYC next week and they've got to take biopsies."

He emphasized that, while the news is positive, it’s not an all-­‐clear. "I'm not completely out of the woods yet. It's always something. I have my faith, I continue to pray, I continue to get well-­‐wishes from everybody across
the country. Words cannot tell you how much
it means to me."

Kelly remains determined to continue healing, adding “I’ve got a lot left to accomplish, so I’m going to be around for a while, no matter what.”

Yesterday, doctors said there were no signs of cancer in Kelly, and Kelly had no pain.

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