Oct 08, 2010 - 1:12 am
My name is Cheryl in California. I was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in March of this year after 1 1/2 years of laryngitis and a little surgery to remove what my doc thought was a nodule. Pathology came back cancer. 2 weeks later my throat colapsed and I literally died. I woke up 4 days later out of a medically induced coma. They put in a trach and a GT. It seemed to take forever to get out of the hospital. I was there for almost a month. When I was discharged I went to a friends house where I had round the clock supervision by my friend, her daughter, my husband, and my mother. It was like this until I finished treatment at the end of June. I had 7 chemo (Cisplatin) and 35 radiation treatments. I was lucky and had very little side effects with the exception of overwhelming fatigue. I then moved back in with my spouse the second week of July. I have gotten my strength back little by little very day. I had my follow-up PET approx. 2 weeks ago. Report is that there is no cancer present now where there was cancer before. Still some evidence of inflamation that is residual from the radiation probably. I should be happy but I am still stunned by it all. I am still waiting for the reversal of the trach so I can go back to work. I want my life back. Today they changed my trach from a 6 to a 4 in progression to have the trach removed. I have to wear the plug on the trach for 72 hours before the doc will remove it. I still can't swallow anything so I am still completely on tube feedings. Can't reverse GT until I am completely on oral feeding for 30 days. That is a long way off. Just turned 50 in September but these circumstances have made me feel old before my time. I have been blessed with good doctors and great response to treatment, family and friends that have been super supportive, and coworkers that have donated time to keep my income coming in. Shouldn't I feel happy? I am really interested in how others have dealt with this situation. I welcome any input. Thanks.