Jul 05, 2013 - 5:25 am
It is hard to think that it has been one full year since I rang the bell at the end of rads!
I recall how bad I felt, how much pain, the nasty skin burns, the loss of saliva, no sense of taste, fatigue and the overall crappy feeling and now it is amazing to see how good I feel!
I am back to work full time, saliva is about 50%, taste is almost 100% (sour is somewhat unpleasant) I can eat just about anything, there are even some things (fresh produce) that I can eat without my glass of water! My old energy is back, I'm able to play 18 holes, walk all 18, and my scores are improving - not that they were anything to write home about before C. It won't be long before I will be able to lose the baby-buggy golf cart and start carrying the clubs again.
At a recent RO appointment, he was incredulous when I told him that I wasn't taking any medications of any kind. My ENT said "you don't look like a cancer patient". I feel good!
I read the posts of the new and current patients here and I feel a little guilty that I feel so good. I hope all of you know that this is beatable despite the dire predictions - I was stage IVa, and the first medical oncologist said that I had a 30% 5 year survival chance. The RO and ENT disagreed, they're saying 90%.
I hope all of you will feel as good as I do at your 1 year anniversaries.
now just 4 more to go!!!