Dec 26, 2012 - 2:15 pm
After a tonsillectomy and a second operation involving a TORS procedure and a radical selectivedeck dissection and 33 radiation treatments I am finally 2 weeks removed from cancer treatment. Before I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer stage 2, I was on the brink of getting a divorce. I subsequently lost my job over the course of the 6 months of treatment. So now I feel like I have a second chance to really be happy. Do other patients experience this? I'm questioning everything - I think I want to stay with my wife and be a better father, find a more rewarding career, build better relationships with friends and family... Basically live and appreciate life as sad and tragic and temporary as it is...and it starts by thanking those who helped me from volunteer drivers to my amazing doctors at Dana Farber to my wife who almost left me but found the courage to forgiveness in her heart to my children who helped me and gave me a reason to fight when it was the hardest to keep going.
For those patients newly diagnosted in my experienced the 6 month journey had some moments of terrific challenge. It's hard. Not being able to taste food, the weight loss, the lack of mucus, the pain... But I finafeel am starting to feel better. God bless.