She continued: “After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.”
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In the letter, Chapman vowed to fight the disease “every step of the way” as she leans on her husband and children for support.
“To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life, but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision,” Chapman wrote.
“There is no quick fix and no appealing options for treatment. Yes, cancer sucks. While I know my diagnosis, until I come out of my surgery, I do not yet know my prognosis. If all goes well, my doctors will be able to get the tumor.”