Last July I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. I had none of the risk factors associated with this cancer – never smoked or used smokeless tobacco. At that time, I was working out at the gym, eating healthy and enjoying life. My daughter was married in June, 2010, and it was one of the happiest days of my life. My world was changed overnight. After several biopsies, it was determined that I had stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma. They had found cancer in two lymph nodes and could not find the primary cancer. Because of this, it required a very extensive treatment plan. Over the next 5 months, I had 4 surgeries (which included a feeding tube), 3 extensive chemo treatments and 7 weeks (35 treatments) of radiation treatments to my neck area.
The effects of radiation treatment are difficult and very challenging. It has affected my sense of taste and my salivary glands, which has caused severe dry mouth. I always have to make sure that I have available a bottle of water or some form of hydration to moisten my mouth. After talking for not even 5 minutes, my mouth is extremely dry.
My wife had heard about your product from a co-worker. She thought maybe it might help with my dry mouth. Your wife sent us some samples and to my surprise, it made a difference. Even though most everything tastes bad or very bland, NIP ICE had a pleasant taste. But more importantly, it also provided moisture to my dry mouth for an extended period of time. I put a very small amount under my tongue and when it gets kind of dry I simply drink a sip of water periodically and it helped extend it as much as an hour. I also like the idea of providing much needed energy from the B12 and caffeine. Anyone that has gone thru chemo or radiation knows that your energy levels can be zapped at times.
I have tried several different products over the last several months for dry mouth, but your product has really made a difference. I work out at the gym 3 times a week and make sure that I have NIP ICE with me. Lee, I hope my story can help others that are facing the challenges that I have and they too find some relief with your product. Without a doubt, I feel that your product can help head and neck cancer patients. I am blessed to say that after my last CT Scan, the cancer was gone. Thank you for sharing your product with me. ~ John Yow