GREENFIELD — After cancer claimed his right leg, you’d think Mike Pyle would be devastated now that he’s found out the disease has returned and is now in both of his lungs.
But it’s hard to crack this optimist.
“I kicked its butt once, and I don’t see why I can’t do it again,” he said.
In fact, it doesn’t take much anymore to shock the Pyle family after three life-altering years. Five doctors have documented his cancer is a result of his exposure to toxins during his military service in the Persian Gulf War 23 years ago.
In his Virginia drawl, Mike re-assures wife Krysty and his kids that they’ll make it through each struggle, and his upbeat demeanor is contagious.
Still, as the Greenfield family of four struggles financially waiting for veterans benefits to kick in – a delay prolonged now by the partial government shutdown – Mike acknowledges the wait is frustrating. And he knows the extensive chemotherapy awaiting him starting next week will be strenuous.