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    If anyone is going through a similar cancer situation as I went through, please feel free to drop me a line. Will be more than happy to discuss what happened to me.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I play music and sing in a local band. During the treatments I lost my voice completely. Was only able to whisper. I was more worried about not being able to sing again than I was about losing my hair. The Drs were 100% sucessful, and not too long after my surgery, I was able to start singing again. My voice isn't as strong as it was when I was 30...a little deeper maybe... but then I am now 57 and even without the cancer, my vocal skills woiuld normally be fading at this point in my life.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I have a small "chunk" missing out of my neck, but most folks say they don't notice it unless I point it out. Things went well and I have had no problems to date.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): For the most part I felt pretty good throughpout the treatments, even to the point of being able to ride my motorcycle in to take the treatments on days that rain wasn't forecast. The radiation physically burned my tonsils out, so my throat was very raw. Towards the end the only thing I found I could eat regularly was the old style Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup with the skinny noodles. Drank LOTS of water. Lost 75 pounds. The Drs threatened to put a feeding tube in me but I told them losing the weight was the silver lining behind this dark cloud.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I did 32 treatment days of chemo once a day and radiation twice a day. Great news is I lost a lot of weight and didn't lose much hair. Still can't grow my beard back properly. My worst days/nights were Tuesdays and Fridays. One of the two chemo meds I was taking acted like "speed". It kept me awake on the two nights a week that I had doses of it earlier that day ( Mondays and Thursdays ), so I wouldn't get much sleep those nights. So the next day I was OK most of the day but got very tired by nightfall and just wanted to be left alone.