John Snyder quit smoking 15 years prior to getting throat cancer, but Doctors said smoking was the cause of his diagnosis.
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I was diagnosed five years today with throat cancer. And though I had been quit smoking for 15 years, they still blamed it on smoking. So I want to just -- nobody ought to do that. But I am a five year survivor, so other than the fact that I have a pretty dry throat, I am okay. When I was first diagnosed, my wife had already had cancer and I came out of the surgery and when they told me, really, it's malignant. I felt, well, I am going to lose my voice box and everything, fortunately he had found that the forehead got down that far and I went through radiation and chemotherapy and I am just very thankful to wake up everyday and be glad to have another day. My faith and my wife and my children and that's my pastor standing over there and he helped a lot, indeed. So we made it five years today, this is sort of a monumental way to me.