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March, 2013

In the spring of 2004, returning to the US from our cruise to The Bahamas, I discovered a lump on the left side of my throat. I was eventually diagnosed with metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary.

The prognosis was not especially rosy.

To deal effectively with the disease I needed to remain upbeat. To do so I'd need the support of family and friends. I decided to be extremely open and communicative about my situation to avoid awkward interactions with those folks. What follows are the series of e-mails I sent to friends and family to keep them up-to-date.

The good news ... as of this update, March of 2013, I'm still in complete remission and I feel great!

It is my hope that my story will be read by others in similar situations and that it will help them face the ordeal.

Finally, I want thank my family and friends, my physicians and their staffs and especially my wife, Sandy. Without their support I may not have made it through the ordeal. Their cards, prayers and their understanding support all helped immeasurably.

Bill Stine
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