April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Now, having said this, the clock is ticking. This month will soon be a goner. It is of utmost importance, that I remind everyone who has taken the time to read this far, of one thing – Get your butt into the tooth fairy’s chair and have your head and neck checked. If you have recently had your dentist poking and prodding and physically touching your neck to see if there is any swelling, then good. I hope that all is well in that respect. 

April is also the month of my birthday. Before cancer, birthdays were just another day of the year, but after my diagnosis, I wasn’t so sure that I would see another stage of life, but… I am, now, fifty-six. To most folks, it’s just a number, but not to me. You see, I was told in the summer of 2016, that I would probably not make it to 49 – let alone, 50. So, having reached these milestones, the day that I was born is very special to me. Another day? Another year? 

Yes, please…

Let us take a quick and compact trip back in time. We are only reverting back to a couple of months ago. I had an appointment with Dr. K, my primary care physician. He, matter of factly, stated that my cancer is more than likely going to be a chronic issue. Well, duh. I, pretty much, had this one ascertained. Once I really allowed this bit of information to sink into my brain, however, I began to think about a show called ‘Pushing Daisies’. Wait just one minute, though – Dr. K did not say it like I’d be departed by summertime. 

This was more of a ‘word on the street is’…

I fully understand what the term chronic implies. I am a type I diabetic. I have been for almost forty-six years. I have had my ups and downs with this pain in the ‘A’ and I’m not just speaking of the blood sugar numbers, but I would need to compose another story on this at another time. The point is that I will take any of these chronic issues as they come. God will carry me through, as is always the case. Blessed? You better believe it…

Now, why not clink our glasses to April and remember – Please get your check-up. It could save your life…

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