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- I was Diagnosed with:
- Tonsilar Squamous Cell Carcinoma reoccurence
- Date of Diagnosis:
- November 29, 2012
- Employment Status:
- Unemployed but looking
- Type and Description of Treatments:
- I finished treatment March 2013. I have been working through some serious weight loss and trying to get back to work. Over the past couple months I have had a persistent scratchy and sore throat. My Doctors thought I should have a CT Scan because I haven't had one in quite a while. The CT Scan showed a "spot", subsequent biopsy came back positive for a reoccurrence of my tonsil cancer.
- How do you feel today?
Angry, confused, worried. The first time around was hard. We are praying this will be a surgery and no more radiation/chemotherapy.
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
I'm not sleeping again, I'm thinking of all the things I need to get done before my summer is abruptly cut short.
- What is going well for you right now?
My energy level is high. I'm able to get a lot of the things on my daily to-do list done.
- What is not going well for you right now?
Fatigue sets in about mid-afternoon, so I'm fighting the urge to nap. I don't want to nap and then not be able to sleep. It's such a vicious cycle, hard to explain.
- What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Staying focused. Balancing what I need to do with appointments. Getting started on anything. Once I get underway, I'm fine, just the procrastinating stinks.
- When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
My rock, my wife.
- What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
Unemployed and looking.
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
My contract work ended, so I have been "reinventing" myself hopfully to become employable in the current workforce.
- If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
Lean forward and try to guide yourself, and not be guided.