I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but I am a cancer survivor. I had stage-4 throat cancer. In July of 2007 I underwent a 14-hour operation (I entered the operating room at 0930 and came out at 2330.) to remove a tumor that was 6cmx2cm. However, they cut outside the border so probably 8x4cm was removed. As a consequence of this surgery I was left without the ability to swallow. No swallow means not eating or drinking by mouth. I have had a feeding tube since then. In July 18 of this year I went for what I thought would be my last check up. Normally the doctor would insert a probe through my nose down to the throat area and look for new or residual cancer. This time he did not use the probe which surprised me. He just looked at my throat, felt around the neck and said, "that's it." I said, "aren't you going to probe?" He said, "no". I said, "well, does that mean I'm in remission?" "No" he answered. My heart stopped for a second. He continued, "you're cured." "What does that mean?" I asked. He said, "it's better than remission."
So, after five years and one day after the operation I find out that I AM CURED!
Here is a pic of my food supply for 5 days. Total weight is exactly 15lbs. I do need about 10 bottles of water as I have to mix the two. If I take a drive to Houston I plan to take about 4 days so I'll have enough. Before my trip I'll ship via UPS a 10 day supply which will be enough for my duration and for my return trip. I use a gravity bag at home and while traveling I use a six-ounce syringe. I will need to stop every 5 to 6 hrs for a feeding. Of course there will be stops for rest, pictures, bathroom, etc.
So folks, you can see I have a slight handicap, both in eating and speech. But my body and mind are strong and at age 74 I still plan to ride my LT to Houston to visit with my mom and sister. It's a dream I've had for many years.
ps, I never smoked in my life. I was told that I "may" have been a victim of second-hand smoke. 98% of throat cancer victims contracted cancer due to smoking and drinking. I did neither. Ok, a shot of tequila now and then, but not a heavy drinker.