July 31, 2009
Sept 23, 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer in my right tonsil. After the initial shock wore off and my husband and I were able to think, the first thing we did were to hit the internet. At this point all we had were words we didn't understand and appointments we did not know what they were for. I found OCF within the first couple of minutes of surfing the internet. What I had found was a reliable source of information. A forum where anytime day or night, weekday or weekend there was someone there to answer my questions and calm my nerves. I found pages and pages of information. I had found questions to ask my doctors and answers to expect from my doctors, and what to expect at this appointments. From reading the material offered at this website, I understood the things the doctors told me. The information is up to date and timely. I found a community of people that knew what I was going through every step of the way. The online forum was a constant companion during my treatment. When I had a panic attack because of my radiation treatment, the other members were there to walk me through it. They gave me suggestion to make the claustrophobic conditions more bearable. To help me relax and to help me make the best out of the worst situation ever imagine. When I was too weak from the treatment to type, I would prop my head up and read. Just reading what others were/or had gone through made what I was going through more tolerable, if only a little. Knowing that others had traveled through where I had now found myself. I have made it through my treatment and surgery. I am getting stronger every day. I am relearning to do things I once took for granite. Now it is my turn to give back to people that unfortunately find they are battling this horrible disease. OCF gives me the ability to help others in the community that I would not have otherwise.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Help get the word out to doctors and dentist so that less people would be misdiagnosed.
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