Once I’d been diagnosed with throat cancer and treatments were about to start, a good friend of mine passed along a valuable piece of advice to us: get organized before treatment starts.
I’m very glad we listened to her. There were a great deal of appointments to keep track of and medications that needed to be taken on various schedules. I had no idea of just how much of both there would be. Neither one of us was in the proper frame of mind to remember all that needed to be done, so we used common tools to help us stay on top of everything. Continue reading Get organized before you begin your treatments!→
It’s bad enough to experience a number of misfires during diagnosis as I had, but once cancer was confirmed I was very anxious to have treatments start immediately. Unfortunately I ended up on the receiving end of a treatment runaround and a few setbacks, and it was enough to drive us crazy. Continue reading The treatment runaround→
We’ve all been told about the importance of getting a second opinion (or even a third). I’ve never felt I needed to before but now I will. Thanks to an unlikely chain of events, my cancer was eventually detected but not before some mistakes were made along the way.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer, then you know that dealing with the emotional aspects of cancer can be a roller coaster ride during the diagnostic stage, or even sooner when symptoms first appear. I experienced many different emotions and a myriad of “what ifs.”
When people learned of my cancer diagnosis, they were naturally curious and wanted to know more. The one question I was asked most frequently was “When did I suspect throat cancer and what were my symptoms?”
The truth of it is, cancer was the last thing I suspected, at least at first.
Nothing contained on this website should be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The symptoms, treatments, and any other aspects described in any post here are depictions of experiences that are unique to me. They should not be construed as the only possible symptoms of cancer nor as any positive indication of the presence of cancer.
I can’t answer any medical questions about any case but my own — I’m a survivor, not a cancer professional, and any symptoms or concerns should be brought to the attention of your own health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.