On May 24, 2019, I received the kind of news that makes your heart jump out of your chest. I have cancer. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the left ventral tongue. I had been suffering with a blister on tongue that turned into a painful mass. I had a biopsy on May 17, 2019 and received the results the following week. Fast forward a month later to June 18, 2019. I checked into MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to undergo massive surgery. I underwent a Partial Glossectomy of 1/4 of my tongue, a selective neck dissection with the removal of 26 lymph nodes, and had my tongue rebuilt with an Invega graft. What was supposed to be a four hour surgery turned into eight hours and when I was in recovery I had three seizures. So, needless to say it was a long day, but the best sleep I've had in years. Thankfully, on June 23, I received the results from my team at MD Anderson. All margins were clear, no sign of cancer in any of the 26 lymph nodes removed. I was cancer free.
One year cancer free! With Covid-19 putting a damper on public gatherings, I decided to join the August Virtual Moth, where you can walk, run, bike, swim, hike, skip, jump, whatever floats your boat to raise Oral Cancer Awareness.
Please join my Squad and lets bring awareness to this deadly disease and have fun doing it.