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sunkist 07-14-2017 12:52 PM

Got Some Great (formerly Bad) News
 
Well i have stage 3 throat cancer, in mid May i went to the doctors about a small pain in my jaw on the r/h side when i swollowed.

The doctor put me on a 10 day course of antibiotics after looking in my throat, he's thinking was some kind of infection, after 10 days i still had the pain and a small lump in my neck, called and spoke to the doctor he prescribed another course (10 days) of antibiotics.

So as all this is going on my wife go's to N.Y. to see her brother and comes back with some kind of flu bug, i think i'm cool because i am taking antibiotics, wrong 7 days in to my second 10 day course i am in the doctors office with a face mask feeling like crap.

The doctor does the usual breath in and out while he has a listen to my lungs etc, he then prescribes some killer antibiotics for 7 days (2 a day $25.00 ea) figures i have some kind of bronchitis.

7 days later i am no longer coughing as bad and spitting out a unending supply of phlegm, but still have a irritation in my throat.

So on the Tuesday morning i have a small coughing fit and spit out the phlegm but this time it has blood, and after coughing i feel some thing in my throat, so get a mirror and a flash light and take a look in my throat/mouth :eek:, in the r/h side at side of my mouth blocking 1/2 my air way is a growth of some sort that was not there before the cough.

Wednesday morning i am in the emergency room they look in my throat take me and scan my throat, the doctor comes in and tells me i have a 3cm growth and i need to go see this other doctor and she has called him and he is waiting for my call !, so out side in the car my wife calls and he will see me first thing friday morning.

Friday morning the doctor take a look, this involves sticking some thing up my nose and down my throat, then gives me the cancer news and tells me we have to operate, call monday morning and he will tell me if its tuesday or wednesday he has to find out when the O.R. is available and he can not remove all the cancer because it in my throat i will need radiation and chemo.

Wednesday i have my tonsils and 70 % of the growth removed ( i do not recomend this operation ) the doctor warns me about the recovery from the operation its a real b!tch he did not lie !!!

2 weeks later i go see the oncologist he tells me what to expect chemo, radiation , wants to install a port, have a E.K.G. and a pet scan go see the radiologist and this may take a up to year but this is a survivable condition.

Thursday 2 days later i go see the radiologist, he takes a look in my throat with the up your nose and down your throat tool, then tells me how many radiation treatments he thinks 35.

So on the way to see the radiologist i say to my wife trying to keep the mood light "well at least it won't be bad news i know i have cancer"
WRONG, before we can start the radiation treatment you need to have your teeth removed on the r/h side of your lower jaw, the teeth will not make it through the treatment, so leave there go see the oral surgeon.

Friday morning 7.30 am next day have my teeth removed, felt good till saturday morning :eek: given the choice have your tonsils removed, that was 2 weeks ago today.

Last monday the radiologist made a mask for my face to protect it from the rays, i start my radiation on monday can't wait :laughing:.

I have been on oxy's since the throat operation, 2 every 6 hours it hurts to chew it hurts to swollow, dinner last night mash spuds peas and carrots (frozen kind) gravy and jello no chewing, just suck it off the fork same as breakfast today pancakes floating in syrup.

I hope some one reads this and learns from it, this cancer came on from nowhere, in a little over 2 month period i have gone from a small pain when a i swallowed to where i am to day.

Sorry for the long post but i had to find the energy, it has taken me 3,1/2 hours to write this :thumbsup:.

SmallTownGuy 07-14-2017 12:54 PM

Prayers going out now dude.

MarkJames 07-14-2017 12:54 PM

Prayers heading your way right now.

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Robie 07-14-2017 01:02 PM

What about income while all of this takes place?

overanalyze 07-14-2017 01:09 PM

Oh my gosh! Positive vibes heading your way! Hopefully you are through the worst of it. Were you a smoker or did you chew?

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dayexco 07-14-2017 01:12 PM

So sorry to hear this. I'll be praying for you.

We Fix Houses 07-14-2017 01:21 PM

God bless....they can do amazing things if caught early....I hope that applies to you. (....thought I was having a rough week...?)

I had a cough for 2 years. In the end I had kidney cancer. Tumor gone, cough gone. The tumor secretes an enzyme or something that creates coughing.

My lead man just had a cancer diag 2 weeks ago. Went in for pre-op, blood work, sign the papers. Doctor calls yesterday...can't do the surgery. He would bleed to death on the table or during recovery due to nil liver function. Cirrhosis from Hep C and alcohol from back when....He's going to see his preacher today.

He might want to trade places with you....but really this is some serious sh*t. Thanks for letting us know. I hope the prayers and good wishes from others help you as much as they helped me.

tgeb 07-14-2017 01:24 PM

Very sorry to hear about this.

Leo G 07-14-2017 01:24 PM

Wow.

Prayers out to you buddy. You'll make it.

SouthonBeach 07-14-2017 02:14 PM

Sending a few prayers your way.

griz 07-14-2017 02:21 PM

Thoughts and prayers to you & your family.

Very similar circumstances for a very good GC friend of mine.

Two surgeries, chemo & some kick ass radiation he is doing unbelievably well and working...

JBM 07-14-2017 02:45 PM

Sorry to hear, read this

https://www.cancertutor.com/hydrogenperoxide/
https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/hydr...-curse-or-cure

Windycity 07-14-2017 03:26 PM

Damm, best of luck to you. Good luck! Hoping for a successful procedure


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NYgutterguy 07-14-2017 03:39 PM

Hope it all works out for you. Good luck with everything.


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jlhaslip 07-14-2017 03:41 PM

All the best.

TxElectrician 07-14-2017 04:23 PM

Prayers

B.Johnson 07-14-2017 05:31 PM

Sorry to hear about your throat cancer. My Mom had this, they operated and the prognosis was good. Unfortunately she continued to smoke, and the had to operate again and took her voice box out and she now has a stoma. The good news is that she is doing well today. You can make it through.

The only thing that I can think of that may help you is that every time you use your feeding tube, you will need to flush it out with distilled water. Nobody ever told her that, and she was sick all of the time. We just thought it was the Chemo, but come to find out it was because the food in the external part of the feeding tube was spoiled. She was sick for months until another patient told her to flush the tube.

Good luck, and God bless.

Tinstaafl 07-14-2017 05:51 PM

Holy crap. My sciatica suddenly feels a whole lot better. Prayers for you, man.

Speaking of which, some years back a rough, tough SOB neighbor of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His major complaint when telling me about it was "I guess I need to start going to church now."

Might not hurt, y'know?

Inner10 07-14-2017 06:28 PM

That's just awful. Hope ya pull through!

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hdavis 07-14-2017 06:39 PM

Prayers to you, and good luck!

A buddy of mine had one of these - made it through.:thumbsup:

SectorSecurity 07-14-2017 06:41 PM

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

This makes me realize I'm not having a ****ty day at all compared to others

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Randy Bush 07-14-2017 06:45 PM

sorry to hear this , prayers.

VinylHanger 07-14-2017 07:08 PM

Like others said, prayers going out to you and yours. Keep us in the loop, even if it is to bitch and moan. We're all one happy, and mostly functional family.

KAP 07-14-2017 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sunkist (Post 6106529)
Well i have stage 3 throat cancer, in mid May i went to the doctors about a small pain in my jaw on the r/h side when i swollowed.

2 weeks later i go see the oncologist he tells me what to expect chemo, radiation , wants to install a port, have a E.K.G. and a pet scan go see the radiologist and this may take a up to year but this is a survivable condition.

So sorry to hear the news, but glad to hear that it's a survivable condition... :clap:

Prayers from our family to yours for a year that will conclude cancer-free and combined with your positive outlook and humor, one that brings you all closer together...

Family and friends are always there for you, and thanks for letting your CT friends/family know about your news so we can share in the prayers for you and your family and expected good news in the future... :thumbsup:

NJ Contractor 07-14-2017 07:49 PM

Me and my family will also pray for you Sunkist. I have a lot of friends and family who have been down that same road and are doing really well now. May God bless you in the same way.

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
James 5:15 KJV

rrk 07-14-2017 08:01 PM

So sorry to hear about this, keep your head up and push through

deckman22 07-14-2017 09:17 PM

Very sorry to hear that. Keep a positive attitude for a full recovery.

Deckhead 07-14-2017 09:56 PM

Dude, Sunkist.... You're only a hop skip and a jump away from me in Myakka City. Let's grab lunch. Ole lady already asked what can she make to make life easier?

This sucks. Prayers for sure, but let us help in person too if we can.

Calidecks 07-14-2017 11:22 PM

In today's world cancer isn't what it used to be. They've made great strides! Prayers for you and the family.


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Rio 07-14-2017 11:26 PM

Wow, good luck and prayers for you and your family. A good friend of mine, a contractor, tough old coot, had throat cancer, lost his teeth, got a ton of radiation and lived and worked well up into his eighties. he was the only one who would come out with me to bushwack the property in Ramona; God I miss him!

Joasis 07-15-2017 08:17 AM

Thoughts and prayers from my way. Stay positive.

Joe Pro 07-15-2017 08:57 AM

You're gonna beat this thing's ass! My aunt got stage 2 then stage 4 cancer in about 2 year span. She's been clear for 5 years and life is like it never happened.

Good luck, lots of positive energy being sent your way.

Jonbuild 07-15-2017 02:13 PM

God bless! Thoughts and prayers your way!!

MOC 07-15-2017 05:46 PM

Prayers coming your way! Thank you for sharing this story with us. Its a kick in the ass for me and my bad habits!

TimNJ 07-15-2017 10:25 PM

Hang in there.
I know a guy from back in high school that had throat cancer.

Came through great and just talks with a little bit hoarseness.

Tom M 07-15-2017 10:53 PM

I didnt want to click on the thread cause I knew it was going to be a blind sided scary thing. Sorry to hear about it, really.

We spend our while life looking to tomorrow then BAM something just blows apart your world. I do think there is truth to mind over matter so keep looking to tomorrow and take it serious but not as a sentence. Seriously

sunkist 07-16-2017 02:32 PM

Hey folks, first off thanks to all for the prayers and good wishes, and a shout out to those for the PM's offering help.

I must say this the first PM with a offer of help came before the ink was dry on my post, no names but you never know who's hanging out in the basement with or with out working a/c :whistling.

So thanks to the generosity shown here on CT as the words in the song go "i will hang around as long as you will let me".

Quit smoking 7 years ago never chewed, doc says this cancer is caused by the H.P.V. virus and we all have it, and have no idea what triggers it to go rouge.

Tin, i live next to a church and i mean next, if i wanted to sleep any closer i would be sleeping on a pew :laughing:.

So there is a small chance that i may need a feeding tube, the radiologist tells me my taste buds will get fryed and may or may not return :eek: time will tell.

So because of the tube and taste bud thing, my wife is cooking rack of lamb, roast potatos, i have just taken some pain meds so i can chew and swallow heres hoping.

I will stop by this thread once in a while and give up dates, but i do not wish to turn this into the sunkist cancer blog.

Once again i want to say Thank You to all here on C.T.

aquakbd 07-16-2017 05:01 PM

I hope your treatment goes as painless as possible and works out for you very soon. Stay strong and positive. Good luck and God bless!

Easy Gibson 07-17-2017 11:34 AM

Kick its ass, bud.

Ohio painter 07-17-2017 12:38 PM

You will get through this, stay positve and best of luck.

TimNJ 07-17-2017 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sunkist (Post 6112281)

Quit smoking 7 years ago never chewed, doc says this cancer is caused by the H.P.V. virus and we all have it, and have no idea what triggers it to go rouge.


I believe that's what Michael Douglas' throat cancer was caused by.
He seems to have come through in great shape.

Irishslave 07-17-2017 06:34 PM

I just gave you a kind of snarky post down in HH. Sorry dude, really. Everybody prays and you take care of yourself and you'll pull through. In the meantime if you have the strength do your research. Lots of people have pulled through this. I know of one and he's a fire pisser...but he ended up getting a laryngectomy and speaks through a tube and after that he ended up with mersa...so he had a tough go...but he's still doing business everyday now

bigdaddyrooster 07-17-2017 07:08 PM

Prayers to you, beat it's ass.


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B.D.R. 07-18-2017 12:23 PM

All the best to you.
Hang in there.


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sunkist 11-24-2017 05:58 PM

Hello, its been a while second week of being out of bed.
It has been a long hard battle with a couple of real dark days along the way.
I am 55lbs lighter with no taste buds or saliva glands and have to sip water often (doc says both will get better with time) also the radiation burnt all my hair folicals on my face and ears no more shaving.
As i get sronger i will post more :thumbsup:

Bull Trout 11-24-2017 06:03 PM

glad to hear that you are on the mend

KAP 11-24-2017 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sunkist (Post 6525410)
Hello, its been a while second week of being out of bed.
It has been a long hard battle with a couple of real dark days along the way.
I am 55lbs lighter with no taste buds or saliva glands and have to sip water often (doc says both will get better with time) also the radiation burnt all my hair folicals on my face and ears no more shaving.
As i get sronger i will post more :thumbsup:

That you're posting is a great sign and just shows your strength after going through the dark days and still looking for the bright side of things... :clap:

One great thing about the dark, it has a dawn, and prayers for a continued line of them going forward... :thumbsup:

Let us know if there is anything we can do beyond prayers...

tgeb 11-24-2017 06:12 PM

Good to see you're still kicking around. :thumbsup:

Post when you can, we are all concerned and want to follow your progress.

Thanks for the update.

jlhaslip 11-24-2017 06:16 PM

Do whatever the nice Doctor says you need to do.

Builders Inc. 11-24-2017 06:19 PM

Aw man. So sorry to hear this. I've been out of the loop for a couple of months. Had no idea. We're praying for you and a speedy recovery!


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