By Christine N. Gordon
Educational Counselor, Writer, Youth Advocate
Alumna of CSU San Bernardino
On April 7, 2009, instead of attending the first class of CSU San Bernardino’s counseling and guidance program, I was in ICU recovering from cancer surgery. The doctors had removed the salivary gland cancer, the surrounding tissues, part of my tongue, my right tonsil, the gums along my lower right molars, thirty lymph nodes, and my submandibular salivary gland. Along with the usual IV, I had a nose tube, and a drain next to the-bride-of-Frankenstein-looking staples that surrounded more than half my neck. And I was lucky. The cancer had not spread. I could talk, smile, swallow, and breathe. And I could go to school.