My cancer journey with Stage IVc Carcinoma Ex Pleomorphic Adenoma began on March 10, 2010. For six horrific months, I endured 3 surgeries, daily head and neck radiation treatments, and weekly chemotherapy. Wow, a lot has happened over the past seven years and most significantly regarding my health, I now have an update to share. After finally reaching the annual follow-up schedule with my oncologist and surgeon, I continue to be cancer-free! A lot of “parts”, muscles, glands, nerves and lymph nodes were surgically removed from my face, neck, and shoulder. I have left facial paralysis, limited strength, and range of motion issues in my arm and neck, my body is compensating and continuing to heal. Adjusting to the new, ‘normal’ is strange, but getting better.
I have launched a website called CXPA Cancer Foundation. Its goal is to distill and provide relevant information, encouragement and hope to cancer patients and their caregivers. Please check it out and let us know what you think: www.cxpacancer.com. I’m beginning to add a passionate, medical advisory board to the Foundation. Thankfully, I’ve connected with dozens of amazing people who’ve been impacted by carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma and related cancers.
My three sons are doing great; Chandler is working and completing his Associates’ degree this semester, Mitchell started his first full-time job as a mechanic at a great dealership and plans to start Technical College in a few weeks, and Tristan started fifth grade and looks forward to his science class.
Thankfully, my incredibly talented team at Digital Lightbridge continues to be blessed with many new and exciting organizations to serve, brand and guide towards success. Last April, Digital Lightbridge celebrated its 16th anniversary.
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and my boys during this strange, horrible, wonderful and incredible journey.
Love and press on, Rich