Apr 07, 2013 - 7:27 am
I have been remiss in not visiting this site for several months and realized how easy it is to become self-absorbed. I know that as a throat cancer survivor I can contribute to helping newly diagnosed patients who want to hear from others who had the same experiences.
I completed my treatment in August 2010; it was (as it is for all of us) tough: surgerey to relocate one of my salivary glands thus keeping it out of the line-of-fire of radiation, insertion of a feeding tube, insertion of a chemo port, radiation to my neck twice a day for six weeks (6 hrs apart each day) and chemotherapy once a week for six weeks. Fatigue, chemo-brain and thrush were my biggest side effects during treatment.
Post treatment was somewhat tough with all the coughing and mucous; 60-days post treatment I began solid foods but kept it simple: scrambelled eggs, mashed potatos and the like. My tastebuds didn't fully recover for more than a year. I lost 102 lbs during treatment and learned this was primarily due to a problem with my thyroid caused by radiation. I am on a daily medication that has kept my weight stable for about 18 months now. I work hard at staying healthy and have 3 PET scans showing me to be cancer free. I go to the gym 3 mornings a week and do whole body workouts (about 1.5 hrs) that include cardio, core, upper body, arms, lower body. This month will be 3 years since I was diagnosed and I am currently getting excellent reports from my doctors.
I will answer anyones questions but of course I'm not qualified to provide medical advice. I will say this, keep faith, ask questions, follow doctor's orders and keep family and friends close. You can survive; I'm 68 years old now and I survived. Stay Strong.