I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer in February 2008. This surfaced as a tumor at the far back of my tongue. I had been experiencing a sore throat for several months, so it was very devastating to discover the diagnosis was cancer.
My chemo and radiation treatments began in April 2008. After two chemo treatments, I was hospitalized for four weeks at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton where my on-going treatments continued. As a result of the radiation being done on the throat area, I couldn’t eat and was tube fed through my nose to my stomach. When treatments were done, I was hospitalized for two weeks at the Sackville Hospital until I could regain enough strength to return home.
The excellent care from the doctors and nurses from both hospitals and the loving care and support from my wife and family were appreciated more than words could ever express. I am truly grateful for the prayers and blessings that I had received and continue to give thanks on a daily basis.
That same year, in October, my wife and I were invited to our first Relay for Life Dinner and were touched by the outpouring of strength and compassion by the survivors of this terrible disease. We have continued to support the yearly Relays and appreciate the hard work and devotion of the volunteers who continue to bring the awareness.
The local Relay for Life event will be held Oct. 18, 2013, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Oct. 19.