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Reblog: Post treatment update

I thought you would be interested to hear how Lanthie is doing, following her treatment for throat cancer, so here’s her latest update…

Lump, what lump?

So here I am 3 months after my treatment.  I have my follow-up PET scan next week and I am nervous as hell.

For the first scan, I knew I had cancer.  It was a matter of finding out where it was. It was pretty routine for me at that point as I was being pocked and prodded daily by some or other specialist.  This scan is a bit more serious for me.  It tells me if the HELL I have gone through has been worth it and will tell me if I am clear or not.

I am reluctant to go for this scan as I’m worried I may not be clear – even if I’m told that the prognosis is very good and I have nothing to worry about.  “Oh and by the way if anything is left we will operate and remove it. ”  I’m told by…

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Blogging, Personal anecdote

 

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Reblog: Time heals all wounds

Lanthie had a tough Christmas, but she’s determined to make it a good New Year and it’d be great if you could click over to her blog and show her some support. Thanks.

Lump, what lump?

Found myself very dehydrated again on Wedesday last week.  Went to the oncology centre for my second last radiation treatment.  My last treatment was not quite a celebration.  On the way home I said to my boyfriend I think I need to be in hospital.  He was not thrilled by the idea but knew I was right.

I was a wreck.  I could not stand for more than a minute at a time.   I was pale and had no energy.  Still not being able to eat or drink anything.  Hadn’t done either in days as nothing stays down.  Something sets off a gag reflex and I just bring anything up, filled with mucous.

So I was admitted on Wedneday afternoon by my oncologist. It is now a week later and am still here in hospital.  Yes, I spent Christmas in hospital.  And it’s not nearly as much fun as…

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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in Blogging, Personal anecdote

 

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Reblog: Riding the Wave

Lanthie is starting to feel the toll of her cancer treatment, please go over to her blog and show your support. Thank you.

Lump, what lump?

I have written this post in my head for about 3 days now.  It has also had 3 different titles.

The first was “Pearls of Wisdom“, hoping I could impart some form of advice for other’s with throat cancer.

I deliberated much about this.  But quickly realised that I have no advice to give.

When I started this blog, it was my intent to do a day by day journal of my journey starting with discovery to finalising treatment. I did loads of research, read many many articles and many forums.  I thought I had it all figured out and I knew what to expect.

The reality has been that my experience has been totally different to what I expected.  In every way and the reality that getting up each day has been a challenge, and there is no way I had the strength or energy to maintain…

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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Blogging, Personal anecdote

 

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Reblog: Darling, Do I have spinach in my teeth?

A recipe for recovery on Lanthie’s blog, “Lump, what lump?”

Lump, what lump?

The last week has seen me asking this question many times.

I keep feeling like I have something stuck inbetween my teeth but food is never the cuprit.  The culprit rather is the many stitches I still have.  They are starting to disolve and  I am more aware of them now that my mouth isnt as swollen anymore.

It is a little strange having stitches in places where no teeth were removed (front 6 upper and lower) but apparently it is all part of how they take your mouth apart to remove teeth.

I had another dental appointment today.  This time with the dental hygienist.  She gave my 12 original teeth a good cleaning and doesnt need to see me again until the end of the second week of my treatment.

They all seem happy with my recovery.

I still have a big bruise on the left side of my…

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