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  • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

    Susan, I see you are still helping people with their cancer questions. I think I'm going to give you a nick name of Doctor Susan because you are always on the front lines of the battle against cancer. If you were to be paid for your time with the patients, you would be a rich woman. You are a pretty good and decent person Susan, your family and friends are really lucky to have you in their lives. Congratulations on y...

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    • SanDiegophil has updated their status

      Today, I celebrate my eight years of being cancer free. I had treatment for back of tongue cancer stage 4, beginning in 8/23/07 to 11/14/07. It took about six months to get my taste buds and saliva back to normal. I experienced partial hair loss to a certain degree but it's growing back at a slow process. still have a constant ringing in my ears but no pain. Glad to be alive especially now that my two G-KIDS are here

      November 15 at 7:29 AM
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        We all know what radiation does to our bodies while going thru treatment, but it's the price we have to pay for our good health. Sometimes we wonder if the rad bill will ever get paid, and I'm here to announce that for me, at least for now, there's no longer a rad bill collector. That's right, after just seven short years I have hair growing on the back of my neck and the top of my shoulder area. It may be a small vi...

        December 28 at 9:32 AM view discussion
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          • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

            Hi Slowlane, Happy forth year anniversary to ya. Glad to hear of your stories of being helped by your fellow cancer warriors. Keep up with the good news and experiences that you can share with us. San Diego Phil

            November 16, 2014 view post
            • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

              Hi everyone, Just a little note to add to my post to see if anyone else had a similar experience with their food intake. I was instructed to drink eight cans a day each with 250 calories per can and weighing 8.25 ounces for a 2000 calorie diet. I started out at eight cans but after a while my stomach began craving more nourishment, so I increased the number of cans consumed daily until one night at midnight I poured...

              October 31, 2014 view post
              • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

                Hi CeAnn, I am a little ashamed to tell anyone about my experience with my peg tube since I only clean it once in the proper way, however, it got clean to a certain degree everytime I took a shower. Never got infected. The tube moved freely back and forth a few inches while inserted in my stomach during the six months of use. Like Susan stated earlier, I wasn't instructed to rotate the tube, nor did have I have info...

                October 29, 2014 view post
                • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

                  Hi CheyenneMoon, I am about claustrophobia as the next person so my mind was racing as how to approach this mask task. I felt I had to do it to LIVE, and that was my constant thought throught the process. I was more concerned that my body would flinch and therefore we would have to start the process again. I didn't flinch thank God. At one point I had lost too much weight which affected the tight fit of the mask and...

                  October 17, 2014 view post
                  • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

                    Hi Char, Welcome to the five year survivors club, let the celebration begin! I am so happy for you and your husband to have reach this point in your life. We all thought our life couldn't be any tougher and then cancer makes its ugly presense and we are introduced to a new test of our will and strength in fighting this beast. Well, Char you kept your promise to post the great news, now all you two have to do is cele...

                    September 15, 2014 view post
                    • SanDiegophil has replied to a post on the message board

                      Hi songirl, I'm sorry I don't have the answer you would prefer. My cancer was back of tongue and one of my side affects is the ringing in my ears which has been present for seven years now. The good news that I can share with you is it's not a condition that bothers me to any measurable degree, I just accept it as part of my life since it's not loud and so far somewhat easy to ignore. I hope your husband's condition...

                      September 14, 2014 view post
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                      About SanDiegophil

                      Head and Neck Cancer

                      Was told I have base of tongue squamous cell carcinoma in August of 2007. I had a lump on my neck that I ignored for too long and also a minor sore throat, my Doctor told me it was forth stage cancer. Had 33 sessions of radiation and 3 chemo sessions, about 45 days of treatment and about 45 days to recover. I used a feeding tube for all of my nourishment. Taste buds and saliva returned to normal in a relatively short period of time (thank God). I began seeing my Doctors on once a year statis last year. Last Nov.14th, he said my chances for survival was rated at 80 percent so I hoping soon he'll say it's at 90 percent. My life is back to normal as far as I am concerned. On 11/14/14 I can claim a 7 year cancer survival status. I'm totally grateful to my team of Doctors and everyone who has helped me fight my cancer, I can't thank them enough!! If anyone has a question for me, please email me and I'll share whatever information I have experienced with you.

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