25 years of chronic infection in my submandibular gland resulted in a tumor. Biopsy and CAT scan said benign; it wasn't! Diagnosed stage 1 adenoid cystic carcinoma with nerve invasion. Tumor surgically removed; clear margins. Undergoing radiation at present, 5 times weekly for 6 weeks. Just started into week 3 and feeling side effects. UGH!!
Two years post diagnosis, and year and a half post treatment, I am cancer free. Like many, still lack the ability to taste, have dry mouth, radiation fried my thyroid so on meds BUT even with all that, I am happy, healthy, enjoying each and every day. You are not the same after having cancer. My view on life changed dramatically. Stay positive. Stay focused on the good. Learn to recognize signs that your body sends. My goal is to live to age 86 like each of my parents. By God, I will. We must find a cure for ALL cancers.