"Take today to let your emotions out, but when tomorrow comes it's time to lace those mother fu****'s up and fight."
My name is Derek and I am a young oral cancer warrior. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue at the ripe age of 39. All of the medical professionals that we met with would always mention that I was too young to be here for this. My response was "Hey, I like to break the curve and stand out!"
I didn't know much about this type of cancer and I couldn't find many people that had personal experience with it. I felt isolated, frustrated, and scared with all of the unknowns that I continued to encounter throughout this process. Yes, the doctors will tell you what to expect, but it's not like hearing it from someone that has actually been or is currently going through it.
In creating Don't Flap With Me, I am here to be real and candid with everyone on what a terrible disease this type of cancer is. My life, as we know, will never be normal, but I have accepted what this "new normal" will be. I know people do not like the saying "new normal", but I am using it as a positive motivator. A "new normal" should by no means have a negative connotation. We truly are living and navigating a slightly different life than it ever was before.
I hope everyone enjoys this site and uses it as a place to collaborate and share the experiences you have encountered. I am hoping that I can help educate, share my experience, help change lives, and continue my fight against this terrible disease. I appreciate you visiting the site and if you have any questions, please reach out to us.
Don't Flap With Me was born to help fill a void, to give people a place to support each other, share their experiences, and KICK CANCER'S ASS.
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We are all told, “live your life to the fullest”; I am here to do just that. Don't Flap With Me - DB's Cancer Journey serves as a vessel to talk about oral cancer, support, living with a new tongue, and my journey through this crazy madness. Also, I want this to be a place where people can support each other through their own journey. So, sit back, relax, and read on.