I just spent two amazing days in Las Vegas where I was the Key Note speaker for Immunize Nevada's Silver Syringe Awards.
Peloton's 2018 Home Rider Invasion (HRI) is May 4 - 6 at the studio in Chelsea, New York. If you are not familiar with Peloton, please visit www.OnePeloton.com. I am not an employee of Peloton, although I am a Peloton enthusiast, promoting it to all of my family and friends since buying the home spinning bike back in December 2015. Last year's HRI was awesome, and I'm confident that this year will blow last year out of the water.
Dr. David Diamond is my radiation oncologist and my friend. He is smart, very well respected and has tremendous bedside manner. Back in May 2014 when I was initially diagnosed with HPV-related tonsil cancer, also knows as squamous cell carcinoma and oropharyngeal cancer, he was one of my first phone calls after calling my family. It was an emotional call for me, as I was reaching out to a doctor I knew from social events to share that I was likely becoming his patient. My life would now be in his hands.
This blog will be short, sweet and to the point. As I deal with those diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer, many appreciate this simple suggestion: "Write down you questions ahead of time. Type them up and print them or type them into your Notes app on your cell phone."
2018 New Staging for HPV-related Oropharyngeal Cancer - I am excited to share that as of January 2018 New Staging was released for those diagnosed with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. When I first learned about this new staging I was concerned that somehow my story would be less meaningful and important for those who heard it, and that it would have less of an impact in creating awareness and saving lives worldwide. I have since changed my mind, and am more enthusiastic than ever to share my story. I believe this new staging will give people hope and confidence to fight to survive.
This has been an awesome week for HPV awareness. I must thank Maggie Fox, Senior Writer for NBC News for contacting me on Monday evening interested in learning more about my stage IV HPV-related oral cancer story.
Dr. Henry Ho is my ENT & and as far as I'm concerned a Superhero. He diagnosed my cancer back in May 2014, did my surgery, and saved my life.
Happy Birthday to me - My office places sticky notes on my door to my office - Sharing what they love most about me - What a surprise!
What an awesome weekend. I flew to Dallas with my 16 year old son Ryan to meet Jay, a fellow cancer survivor with my same diagnosis, and Julie, his best friend of ten years.