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I’m a third of the way through radiation treatments. The left side of my head hurts constantly. Calling my throat sore would be an understatement. My voice is gone, like a thief in the night. Energy seems like a foreign concept to me right now.

I have my magic mouthwash, MuGard, Rick Simpson oil, Tylenol, and all of the other goodies on hand 24/7. I’m re-watching Seinfeld from the beginning. My ever-watchful wife protects me from the world and listens for my inaudible whispers.

My radiated saliva glands are hyper-active, causing so much build-up in my throat that I’m constantly coughing up excess aspirated saliva.

I am winning this fight. I am pushing on.