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#14477 - 08/10/03 10:39 PM Re: husband with tongue cancer
Katya Offline

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 5
Loc: AZ
Hello All!
I wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time out to respond to my posting with all your words of encouragement. My husband's attitude about his cancer at this time is in tune with what most of you are saying. He believes that this is "just one more thing that I could die from but not necessarily what I will die from"... he was referring to other things like getting a heart attack or getting into a car accident etc.
I need to learn, and perhaps will over time, that he and all of you are right about the statistics and what they do (and mainly don't) mean.
Thanks again for your time and encouragement!!

#14478 - 08/11/03 12:35 AM Re: husband with tongue cancer
Joanna Offline
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 1140
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Katya, I apologize for not once, but twice getting your name wrong. Not good for my credibility (grin). Read Dee's message again, particularly the last paragraph. This is where you want to be, and I am sure you, like she, can get there.
All good things to you and your husband!

#14479 - 08/14/03 01:12 AM Re: husband with tongue cancer
Powerlifter Offline
Contributing Member (25+ posts)

Registered: 05/17/03
Posts: 41
Loc: -
Hi Katya, I had to see several oncologists, before, during and after treatment.
One said "you have a very poor prognosis"
Another said: "less than 30% chance"
Another said: "less than 50% chance"
But my radiation oncologist told me: "Powerlifter, you will be just fine".
I took his prognosis, and haven't looked back.

I do not let the side effects get to me, I find ways around them...overcome...adapt.
I don't dwell on the cancer coming back, I just get on with life.
P.S. what part of AZ are you from?
There is a new Head and Neck support group forming in Tucson.
Head and neck SCC
TXN2bM0 stage IV
Finished treatment 6/02

#14480 - 08/14/03 02:24 PM Re: husband with tongue cancer
Katya Offline

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 5
Loc: AZ
Hi Powerlifter!
You have a great attitude and I hope the best for you!!
My husband and you share that attitude in common, which is great... he only looks at the positive!
We live in Scottsdale, AZ... so that is a bit away from Tucson... know any support groups around here?

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