Throat cancer survivor: The good, the bad and the ugly of treatment

After seven chemotherapy cycles and 35 days of radiation, I sat in my bedroom thinking about what words best described my seven-week treatment journey for throat cancer. I decided the movie title “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” summed it up best.   Here’s why. The bad of my throat cancer treatment There are absolutely no words that can describe being diagnosed with cancer. Shocked, scared, angry — none of these can explain that feeling of finding out you have cancer. So many thoughts race through your mind that you really need days to process it all. I cried, laughed and allowed my family and friends to support me. This made a huge difference for me, so do whatever you need to do to gear up for the fight. The ugly of my throat cancer treatment Make no mistake: cancer treatment can be rough, and it can be both a physical and emotional rollercoaster. It can drain you. I know it drained me. But that’s not the only ugly part. The side effects are, too. I was initially really afraid of doing chemo. But through my seven chemo treatments, I had very few side effects. The only ones I noticed were the slight nausea and the metallic taste that chemo can leave in your mouth. The radiation had a cumulative effect on my body. I didn’t experience any side effects until about the fourth week of treatment when I began having trouble swallowing. Then came the sore throat, and shortly after that, the radiation began to break down my skin in the treatment area. Not to mention, I lost...