I got meet Kristy this summer when she came to my home and gave me a short video interview. We had a really nice visit. It always feels extra special when I get to interview a survivor in person. Kristy wrote down her survivors story and I'm happy to share it with you.
Kristy Bachmann Pickett
Several months before I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Larynx Carcinoma, my voice became very hoarse. My primary care doctor blamed it on the side effects of another medication I was prescribed. A couple more months passed and I started having extreme sore throats that caused trouble swallowing. Next was a deep inner ear pain. Fear was building inside my head as none of the anti-biotics being prescribed were working.
October 1, 2015 was my first appointment with the ear, nose and throat doctor where I was introduced to the scope, a devise that detects abnormalities. With this first procedure, the tube going down my nose while I try to say “E”, I was ready to run for the hills. The doctor detected a mass and that my right vocal cord was paralyzed. He told me treatment would “maim” me, but not kill me. A Cat Scan was ordered for the 8th. On October 23, 2015 I heard the words I dreaded. Stage 3 throat cancer. I felt devastated. To me, it felt like I was given my death sentence. I left the office with my biopsy scheduled for the 26th. Depression set in immediately. One daughter was with me when I heard the news, but telling my other three children broke my heart. Here I was, a 54 year old single mom ready to be unemployed and on the fight of my life.