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Published: 10:25 PM EST November 29, 2021
Updated: 12:01 PM EST November 30, 2021

It’s been just over a year since Randy Boyd was diagnosed with cancer. In July 2020, he felt a bruise on the left side of his neck and went to the doctor. A biopsy revealed it was throat cancer.

“I just couldn't believe it,” Boyd said. “And I'm thinking well, how in the heck, can I get cancer out? You know, don't run my family or nothing.” 

It's been more than a year of trip after trip to the hospital.

“I ended up doing 33 treatments of radiation and six and a half weeks of chemo, and that took care of the left side,” Boyd said.

Then he had to undergo another surgery because cancer appeared on his right side. He just finished another thirty rounds of radiation.

“I'm struggling, and I'm struggling physically, mentally,” Boyd. “I go to church every Sunday. And I think that's what keeps me from losing it. God keeps me from losing it.”

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