supposed to say something riveting here, but nothing comes to mind. I am finding out more and more about throat cancer and it's causes, I was suprised to find out it can be caused by acid reflux, alcohol,( glad I don't drink, still act as a designated driver for freinds) and even mold.
After two biopsies, ct scan, pet/ct scan, an inordinate amount of blood drawn, it was confirmed that I have stage 3 cancer. Treatment will consist of three full doses of chemo, 30 days of radiation, more blood work, and a final pet scan. All told, looking at 4-5 months. If cleared up, I'm good; if not surgery is in the cards. I have found a pretty good support group through my old customers(no longer working, fatigue is running wild right now), and it helps all of us to be able to relate what they went through and what I am going through. One of my best assests has always been a sympathetic ear, and always take the time to hear anothers problems. Some I can help, some I can't. My biggest fear is not of the procedures, but the enormous cost. I can see now how people lose everything, even with minimal insurance. All the day to day expenses still have to be paid. I empathise with them.
So we'll see. I intend to beat this thing, so that I can get to see my grandkids again, but as we live 1200 miles apart, thats going to take a little while.
Well thank you for reading and letting me vent, and as always, any contributions are very much appreciated.
update 7-20-15: well, cancer is in remission. great team of doctors and the will to beat it was the key. Unfortunately, the constant pet scans found other issues, which I am addressing one at a time. In the immediate future is another ultrasound, full spine mri, another ct/pet scan, and a regular ct scan. Geez, docs think I can afford all this. With all the doc visits, hard to get work, and have noticed a real bias against cancer survivors when applying for work. So while I can, and have the time, busy myself with projects around the house, help my freinds out when I can, and blog about my journey with and after effects of having a stage 3 cancer. (throatcancerbob.weebly.com) Thanks for your help in the past, and now the real fun begins, paying for all of this
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