I hope this blog encourages you to shoot for the stars, to accomplish your dreams. My hope is that you believe anything is possible, and that you can overcome any challenges that come your way. As a stage IV HPV throat cancer survivor, staying positive is key to serving as a role model for other survivors, caregivers and those currently battling cancer. Being positive was critical as I was battling cancer back in 2014.
As a stage IV HPV throat cancer survivor, listening to music really helped me when I was struggling through chemo and radiation treatments back in 2014. When I think about how different life could have been for my wife, kids, family and friends had I not beaten cancer, music inspires me to be strong and remain positive so that I can share my story to protect others from HPV related cancers.
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.