May 14, 2010 - 6:46 pm
I am a 41 year old mother of two living boys, and one beautiful boy who died 10 months ago at the age of 8. I had an elective tonsillectomy on March 25 and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the left tonsil on March 26. Needless to say, both my surgeon and I were shocked. I am Stage 1, N0, M0 and HPV positive. My margin from surgery was 0.4mm. I have not started treatment yet and I am still uncertain as to what I will do.
I will do radiation, but I don't know if they will irradiate both sides of my throat or just one. Chemotherapy seems to be the biggest question. After reading some of the messages here, I think I will do it. The doctors are saying I am young and healthy so I don't really need it and that radiation should do the trick. Seems like a gamble to me.
Thank you for reading this. I find it sobering to put in words the fact that I HAVE CANCER. It's all so surreal, like some game I have been playing for a few months.
My Best to All,