Samantha’s Story

September 2, 2009

I do not smoke, and I only consume alcohol socially, for example, at weddings, or special occasions, or maybe for a relaxing weekend with my husband. Yet, I was diagnosed with Tongue Cancer on February 6th, 2009.

I am an oral cancer survivor.

About 4 years ago I noticed a sore spot on the back, left side of my tongue. I had an oral surgeon biopsy it and it came up pre-cancerous. I went to follow up appointments with the Visalite Solution and there found another spot and had another biopsy, but it turned out to be nothing. Since then I do not depend on Visalite, because I honestly don’t believe it is accurate.

This past December I noticed another sore spot but waited to make sure it wasn’t a cold sore (that’s what it felt like). Sure enough it popped up into a “white spot” and within one week it doubled in size. In three weeks it was 3 times as big! I had a biopsy on January 25, 2009 and a week later I was told I had cancer! Those words made the world feel like it had frozen around me… I was numb. Four days later I had a PET CT Scan to see if the cancer had spread anywhere, and thankfully it had not.

I had the cancer removed on February 16th by an ENT doctor. It took a good 2 weeks before I could eat again. I lived off of Jello and that’s pretty much it. My family (husband and two kids) took such good care of me and were so supportive. My husband even stayed home from work during the first week and took care of me and the kids so they could go to school. Some people think that because my cancer was “small” and did not spread, that it wasn’t a big deal. But I believe any type of cancer no matter what size is very serious!

Thankfully after my surgery, I did not need any other treatments because it had not spread. However, my doctor is saving radiation in case this ever comes back because a person can only have radiation once on the head/neck area.

~ Samantha


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