A layman’s look at the disease of cancer and its treatment from a 2 time cancer survivor. L. J. Martin has beaten both prostate and throat cancer and attributes both modern medical science and herbal, homeopathic, exercise, and mental attitude toward that success. A frank, candid look at treatment and its effects.
It started, this time, with a knot not much larger than half a child’s marble, just beneath the jaw on the left side of my neck. An infected lymph node…I hoped…however already being a cancer survivor I was not one to wait to see what transpired. Even though an infected lymph node is often associated with a fever blister, and I was just getting over my first blister in several years, I wanted to know for sure.
A call to a local head and neck medical center resulted in the typical: “The doctor can see you in five weeks.” I laughed, if a bit sardonically, not only thinking, but saying, “I could be dead in five weeks!” Didn’t help. Was I being a hypochondriac? I hoped so, but I was more than happy to be thought one for the piece of mind. But more so, I was convinced I had to be proven one by a thoughtful, professional, diagnostician.
If this journal helps you in any way, I hope it convinces you to be proactive about your health. It’s not some smiling receptionist at the doctor’s office who’ll have to go through the long, lonely, and oft times rocky road of your cancer. It’s you, and in the final analysis, only you, who’ll have to deal with it. If you take no for an answer, then you can only blame yourself if you don’t stop the monster in it’s tracks. And even if you get in to see the doc, be skeptical. I can’t begin to tell you how many stories I have of misdiagnosis. Medicine is a science, but it’s not a perfect science. It’s oft times an art as well. You want your doctor’s best educated guess, but you want it backed up with hard science if he/she, or you, have any doubt.
Doctor’s won’t be my primary audience for this journal as docs hate patients to self-diagnose and particularly to insist on tests docs think unnecessary. The internet has to be the bane of their existence, for too much information is spread so easily…of course much of it is erroneous.