I was diagnosed with a left tonsillar squamous cell carcinonoma, Stage 4a, with some spreading to my right lymph nodes. I received 35 radiation treatments, and 3 Cysplatin chemo treatments; no surgery. This was in Feb/Mar of 2009. I am a bird biologist. I have worked in State Govt as one for 24 years. I used to skydive a lot. I used to play acoustic guitar a lot, and am re-learning to to that. I garden a lot, for birds and butterflies. I love Bouvier des Flandres dogs, although ours was just diagnosed with a Mast cell tumor.