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    I haven't posted for years but try to follow the MNCC when I can.

    At 55yo I'm 3 years out from concluding treatment for T2N2bM0 oral (lingual tonsil) cancer with local metastasis to the submandibular lymph nodes. Although I was a smoker (promptly quit), I was female, slightly younger and had never been a big drinker, so I was somewhat outside the lines for the "typical" oral cancer patient. However, I was positive for HPV 16 which I was told made my cancer more treatable.

    Ordinarily I believe in knowledge being power and my hat's off to all of you who have done so much research. My intentions originally were to stay very informed and my oncologists provided me with information about what kind of results they'd had with treatment. However, when it came down to the treadmill of going for treatment with no family or social support system to rely on save my partner of many years, it was a matter of putting one foot in front of another to get through it.

    According to my oncologists I have an 80-90% chance of remaining cancer free. Right now, I'm not paying a lot of attention to statistics (my brain fog never entirely lifted), but am more focussed on finding out what my new normal might be, especially psychologically and mentally.

    Hello again and I wish everyone here the best.

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