When Sean visited an ear, nose and throat specialist for a persistent sore throat in 2011, he wasn’t expecting a diagnosis of stage IV tonsil and throat cancer. The 42-year-old financial advisor reeled at the diagnosis, but his doctor was optimistic. “You know Sean, there’s life before cancer, with cancer, and after cancer. Yours is treatable.”
The next few months were an odyssey of aggressive radiation and chemotherapy. Sean is a lifelong surfer, so he pounced on his cancer like a competitive athlete. Borrowing a theme from the pop cult antics of Actor Charlie Sheen, Sean said, “I was going to be winning and drinking tiger blood from there on out.” He prevailed with the help of his wife and the experience was the source of profound growth.