This is the beginning of Nicky’s story which was published on stuff.co.nz in 2020.
Hearing the very sad news that the legendary Eddie Van Halen passed away from throat cancer, I thought it timely to tell my story.
In August, 2017 I developed a painful ulcer on the side of my tongue. No big deal, I’d had a few before and was feeling a bit run down. I dutifully trotted off to the doctor and he diagnosed a fungal infection and prescribed a one-week course of lozenges.