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.