Cancer Survivor

On October 7, 2013, I received a phone call that no one wants to receive:  the tests were back and they showed that I had cancer.  It was a day that bifurcates a life between what came before and what comes after.

My particular cancer was an oropharyngeal cancer – located at the base of the tongue, caused by human papillomarvirus (HPV).  I was very fortunate – my cancer grew slowly and responded well to treatment.  Over about six months, I had surgery to remove my tumor from the base of my tongue, had chemotherapy and had radiation therapy.  I wrote about the experience in my Daily Cancer journal.

On April 25, 2014, I had a full-body PET/CT scan that showed no cancer anywhere in my body.  I no longer consider myself to be a cancer patient, but rather a former cancer patient – I am ready to move on with my life.  I am ready to get back to it.

In a sense, this on-line journal is the continuation of my daily cancer writing, but no longer as a journal of fighting cancer.  Instead, I will be writing about resuming my regular daily life here in Silicon Valley, and the subjects will be all of the things that I find interesting.

2 responses to “Cancer Survivor”

  1. Kerry says :

    You post references an event that took place on October 7, 2014, a date which has not yet occurred as of the date of my reply, 9.18.14. I will assume this is a typo you would want to correct.

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