Michelle Caterson

Cycle for Cancer 2022

My experience

I am sharing my experience with treatments for cancer because my desire is that this improves for people in the future. 
I’m Nov 2019 I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. The tumour on the left side of my throat was about 5 1/2 cm long and had spread to my tongue and the surrounding lymph nodes. It was a very serious diagnosis and I was told I needed to urgently start a very aggressive treatment process. 
When treatment started I had a tube inserted into my stomach for when I would no longer be able to eat. I did 7 weeks of Chemo and radiation. The treatment both saved my life and nearly killed me. 
I spent many days in hospital and lost 25kgs over the course of the treatment and the proceeding months. I was not able to have the last dose of chemo because I was too weak and my body would have likely not survived it. I could not eat, could barely breath, spent hours on the ventilator every day and pretty much every time I tried to inject liquid food into my stomach, I would vomit it up, causing more pain to my throat. I was on extreme levels of pain killers and was still experiencing pain beyond anything I thought possible. 
That treatment took me about 12 months to recover from. Ongoing I have very few working saliva glands, my thyroid is damaged and my throat and mouth is highly sensitive to spices.
In Nov 2021 I was diagnosed with a metastasised lung cancer from the original tumour. This cancer was picked up during a routine ct scan. The treatment this time was surgery. During the craziness of everything opening up a covid running rampant around me, I was having a third of my right lung removed. 
This treatment was a lot less traumatic than the first one but still pretty bad. I am still young and fit however so I was back training and could run 5kms again 6 weeks after surgery. 
Now I use fitness as my anchor for keeping my physical and mental health well. The trauma my body has undergone has changed me and I know that if I have to face any treatment in the future, my best chance of survival is by being as fit and well physically and emotionally before I need it. 
Thank you for reading and thank you for your support. Any improvement to treatment means less trauma and a better quality of life for patients in the future 💋

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