It has been some time since I have written - shame on me. And I do sincerely apologize for my absence. I have worked in education for most of my life, and was working part-time at a for profit university in the Phoenix metro area, when an exciting opportunity presented itself almost 2 years ago to work full-time for this school. I jumped at the opportunity and simply love it! In my effort to excel at my job working with students, I seemed to have allowed the years to just slip by. Today, I attended what the University refers to as a "Brown Bag" presentation about blogging. I was inspired to come back to this page and write.
Next month will be five years since my husband was diagnosed with oralpharyngeal cancer and began his cancer treatment. The "experts" consider him "cured" if the cancer has not yet come back in that time. For us however, we are always waiting for that other shoe to drop. The minute he gets a sore throat or a cough, I think we both hold our breath for just a minute before releasing it and going about our day.
But we are among the more fortunate. So far, so good. My husband feels well and has gone back to eating just about everything he ate prior to treatment. He continues to carry a water bottle around with him everywhere he goes, as the radiation has robbed him of his ability to make saliva. But that is a small price to pay for getting a new lease on life.
April is oral cancer awareness month and I have been speaking at local high schools to bring awareness specifically to this age group in particular. During this month, there are many local dentist offices providing free oral cancer screening. If you haven't been screened for oral cancer this would be the perfect time!
We have our final PET scan next month - fingers crossed it is clear yet again. Five years - wow - the time actually flew by. I will be writing more often thanks to my colleagues.
Bye for now!