Saturday, August 25, 2012

Five years

My final blog and thoughts...

It was five years ago today, August 25, 2007, that I was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. Six doctors said I'd be dead within a year and I'm still here.

I wish Jeff, Sid, Melissa, Gary, Mr. Sherman, Liz and Farrah were still here.

If I told you the number of cancer patients and their loved ones I've talked to over the past five years, you wouldn't believe it. I can hear the panic and confusion in their voices. If I get to meet them, they all have the same look of absolute fear in their eyes.  I had it too.

I tell them all what Farrah said to me in Germany:

"Never, ever stop fighting. Never give up!" 

Then she doubled her fists and held them like a boxer and punched the air.

About five minutes after I was diagnosed and told by the doctor to get my affairs in order, I came out and told my wife I had stage 4 throat cancer. As we took the long walk to the elevators I was very quiet and my wife was crying and asking questions. She finally said, "Say something!" and I said, "It's a bad day for cancer."

I was scared but determined to beat it and we did.

You notice I said, "we" beat it. You can't do it by yourself. I had a great support system of family, friends, the best doctors, God and Charlie. I truly would like to thank everyone for their good thoughts and prayers while I was sick.

I don't really know what to say about my wife, Vinnie, who was by my side every step of the way. Honestly, she saved my life.


  1. Happy anniversary, my friend! We met at the Hollywood Show. I was the volunteer coordinator, and we talked about our experiences, yours with your cancer and mine with breast cancer. But we talked about lots of other things, too, and that's what makes life after cancer so wonderful. There's always more to see, to learn, to live. I'm glad we're both here doing it! Love to you!

  2. Congratulations and a very HAPPY ANNIVERSARY of being cancer free for 5 years!! You have been an inspiration to sooo have touched the lives and hearts of people you will never have been a "listener", even when you were feeling awful have been and continue to be the symbol of HOPE to those that are struggling with this insidious disease.
    I am humbled, yet proud to call you my tears flow freely for you, tears of happiness that you have made it to this "5 year mark". May God continue to shower you with His Blessings and Love.
    You are a hero to are my hero, Mr. Brett Hudson. May we continue this fight for ALL to have the ability to receive traditional and alternative health care.
    I love you, Brett....

  3. Brett; as one of the people who turned to you; I can't thank you enough. I found your blog a few weeks before my hub was diagnosed & while I was freaked; I had an idea of what to expect due to your words. I wish he would have done more vitamin c drips but I believe that what he did have; made that much difference in his quality of life now. He was diagnosed 2 years & 5 days after you.

    Now if only I could find a survivors charity :(

  4. I can't speak for anyone else, but I am definitely grateful that you decided to kick cancer's ass! Brett -1

  5. Fantastic news Brett!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Thank you for being an inspiration and friend.
    Love ya, Brother!!!!

  6. Congratulations, Brett. I'll always be sending you prayers. God Bless you and your family. And thank you so much for kicking cancer's ass--and winning! You are an inspiration. Love to you always, Kathy

  7. Love and good health always Brett!
    Carol 12345

  8. A heartwarming blog post, i can still feel the fire burning in your desire that you used to overcome this. It was indeed a bad day for cancer, they messed with the wrong warrior, much love and respect from alternative treatment for breast cancer.

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