About Mike Coy
My father told me right before he passed away, “Make a Difference Son”. And that is what I strive to do each and every single day of my life!
On July 12th, 2013 the ENT doctor walked into my examination room and said the three words you never want to hear come out of a doctor’s mouth; “You Have Cancer.” He then preceded to talk about the 97% survival rate with this kind of throat cancer; how the tumor shrinks with chemo and radiation; how we needed to get started this coming Sunday with the chemo, etc…. I’m not sure I heard a word he said. All I could process at the time were those three horrible words; “You Have Cancer!”
There’s no way I had cancer…right? Please understand, I’ve never been sick a day in my life. I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I believed those coaches when they said do not drink or smoke. They stressed us to stay away from tobacco, drugs, sex, rock and roll!! Well, I stayed away from the tobacco and drugs at least….How could I have throat cancer? I was told for weeks by my primary physician I had a bad sinus infection when, instead, I had a tumor the size of your fist at the base of my tongue growing by the day.
12 weeks of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. I refused to have a feeding tube inserted, and lost over 70 pounds. I knew I needed to swallow to keep my throat strong but eating was not my friend. Chocolate milk, that was my savior during some really tough times. My cancer is noted for being a rough one.
When I see some of the cancer victims in and out of the oncology department in different hospitals and clinics, I am grateful I did not have to go through months, even years, of chemo and radiation like some people have to do. Once you go through what many of us have gone through with this horrible disease, you stop sweating the small stuff. God is good. Life is precious. Stop and smell the coffee because we are all just renting time on this earth. What are you going to do to make it a better place? For me, I decided to write a book.
When you go through treatment, you will have good days and you will have some bad days. One “bad day” I was flipping through the TV and found a movie I had not seen in 20+ years: Shawshank Redemption. There was a scene in the movie where the two main characters were talking about life in prison. One guy asked the other how he could live all these years in this hell-hole of a place. The other just smiled and said; “You have a choice…either get busy living or get busy dying!” That line hit me like a ton of bricks. I turned the TV off and starting writing my book that very day. I decided to write this book about my battle with cancer and how I am winning the battle. Doing research for my book, I spent a lot of time at the Aflac Children’s Cancer Clinic in Atlanta, GA. I remember one morning walking down a hallway and passing a room where a beautiful 9 year old young lady was going through her chemo drip. She was bald and very sick. Outside her room was a sign that said; “I have Cancer…but Cancer doesn’t have me!” How great is that? Life is about choices. You can either get busy living or get busy dying. I Chose…Live.
My message to each and everyone of you is this; “You are not alone. Stress is the silent killer. And please go get checked!” As I outlined in my book, men’s death rate is 58% higher than women’s because men don’t get checked. Period. Do anything you can do to catch cancer early. Your life expectancy rate goes up the quicker you find out and get treatment. That is my mission now, to spread the word to men and women about my battle with cancer and how I am winning the war.
I hope you find my book interesting; inspiring; educational; and motivational. I have no doubt it was great therapy for me to write but if I can save one life out there because of my words…this has all been worth it.
“Make a Difference Son!” That’s what I’m trying to do Pop….every single day of my life. Remember: There’s no cheating cancer and we all have a choice to make. I hope and pray you make the same choice I made. “I Chose…Live!”
Mike Coy is a much sought after inspirational speaker and author. You can purchase his book, I Chose…Live, and other products here on the website.
In the book, Mike Coy recounts his battle with cancer, raises awareness for cancer prevention and early detection, discusses modern advances in cancer treatment and research, and reminds the reader to keep smiling no matter how many curveballs come their way. A percentage of all proceeds will go to the Aflac Children’s Cancer Center in Atlanta, GA.
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