In December, 2012, after two years, a nagging, but tolerable pain in my right ear, jaw and neck began to get worse and I began to complain louder to my doctors who kept brushing it off. In January, 2014, I began to have episodes where the pain was excruciating and my lymph nodes would swell and get hard as rocks. Doctors kept assuring me it was nothing and finally diagnosed sialadenitis, inflammation of the sub-lingual salivary gland. Treatment would be surgery to remove. No X-rays or scans were done. This didn’t seem right to me and after a particularly severe episode that landed me in the ER, I was referred to another Ear, Nose, Throat group. After an initial examination, a CT scan and a biopsy, I was told I had laryngeal cancer. In August, 2014, I underwent major surgery followed by chemo- and radiation therapy, and am now on the road to recovery.
On this Thanksgiving Day, 2014, I am thankful to be alive, thankful for all my wonderful family, friends and supporters.