Having been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in late October 2013 and undergoing the subsequent treatment plan of 30 sessions of radiotherapy during the December and January following this, all seemed to be going well – physically and emotionally, my voice was getting stronger, I was once again performing on a regular basis and generally, the world was a good place to be, that is, until February of this year.
I thought I had an ear infection, but I had started to feel as I had pre-diagnosis – lethargic, nauseous, light-headed, cold, incredibly tired and generally unwell. Added to this was the pain that you associate with an infection of the ear.
After eventually getting an appointment with my GP, it was quickly noted that there was no infection, rather than that, there was a mass in my neck.
So on Monday the 10th of June, after having had 3 different sets of biopsies done at 3 different hospitals, my cancer specialist confirmed that I now had “squamous cell carcinoma of the lymph nodes”.
Next Tuesday (16th of June), I shall be going into hospital and having a neck dissection.
I am scheduled to be hospitalised for 5 – 7 days, followed by a week of convalescence in the countryside (if all goes according to plan). If all doesn’t go well, well, we won’t go there … just yet.
If you have faith, please remember me in your prayers.
With the greatest of love and respect … SJ Alexanderson.