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  • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

    Thanks and congrats to you as well Susan!!!

    July 18, 2018 view post
    • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

      PS - I am 58 and finished treatment at 53.  I was a gym rat before getting sick, turned into a skinny frail old man, and am back in great shape again!!

      July 06, 2018 view post
      • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

        2 years? - you're there! I truly like talking to people that have our dreaded illness and helping them however I can.  I also have those bumps and bruises but compared to what we went through, and what the outcome COULD have been......I'll take it! :)

        July 06, 2018 view post
        • Mark06074 has created a new message board discussion

          I hit this milestone in June.  My last radiation was 6/20/2013. I am grateful for my life and also grateful for this site that helped me get through everything I needed to. I wish everyone here great success in their battle and with life.  If there's any questions about feeding tubes, phlegm, chemo, radiation - or BOT / tonsil cancer in general please reach out!

          July 05, 2018 view discussion
          • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

            From what I gather - I was also slow to get back to eating "real" food after my feeding tube was removed. I think it comes down to "learning" tp swallow again after not doing so for so long.  Physically I felt great - but stayed on the liquid / feeding tube for a couple months.  FINALLY, I was able to eat some scrambled eggs - VERY little...but it gave me the confidence to try more, and new foods.  ...

            January 11, 2018 view post
            • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

              Good luck and stay strong! SO many have gone through this here, myself included (I was also Stage 4). Radiation will get worse as it progresses.  I needed the feeding tube.  I had Cisplatin and had a hard time with it. The treatment is rough and you know that.  The good news is - you're going to be alright!!!!!  NOT all cancer patients can say this.  The other good news is that your / ou...

              August 24, 2017 view post
              • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

                I am going to be brutally honest - if your dad has the same chemo (Cisplatin) and radiation (36 on head & neck) many of us have had - it's going to be rough at his age.  It was tough for me and I was 52. The good news is - if it's HPV related it's VERY curable. Mine had spread to lymphnodes as many others here did. Is it HPV related do you know? Best of luck to dad!!

                June 22, 2017 view post
                • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

                  Hi! Many of us started the same way you did - my story is almost identical.  Sore throat for over a month finally decide to go to doctor - and BAM! The best news I have (because cancer is such a scary word) is that if you're not a smoker it's likely HPV.  Why is that good news?  The survival rates are screamingly HIGH!  Like the rest of us - you're (very) likely to beat the darn thing! No...

                  June 22, 2017 view post
                  • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

                    Hey - CONGRATS!  Ain't it great to be alive!? In 3 weeks (6/20) I celebrate my 4th anniversary of my last radiation treatment.  I feel SO good today and will add... THIS board was my savior.  NO place else could I go and talk to people about feeding tubes and phlegm.  The recipes, suggestions and moral support are what I needed to get me through.  I went from 175 lb to 135 lb - but 3+ y...

                    June 01, 2017 view post
                    • Mark06074 has replied to a post on the message board

                      Well, come back now that you have a couple of excellent (recent) replies! :) Hope thinhgs turn the corner for you guys...

                      June 01, 2017 view post
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                      About mark06074

                      Patient, Survivor
                      Head and Neck Cancer
                      Cancer Treatments, Emotional Support

                      I was diagnosed Stage 4a Oropharyngeal Cancer (started on tonsils and spread to throat and tumor in my neck) April 2013 and had Chemo (Cisplatin) and 36 Radiation treatments that ended 6/20/2013.

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