Thursday 2nd December 2021

Note To Denyse Before Head & Neck Cancer From Denyse Now. 53/2021.

Note To Denyse Before Head & Neck Cancer From Denyse Now. 53/2021.
Dear Denyse of 4 years ago,
It sure was a worrying time. I know you had to be very courageous & have the teeth & upper bridge removed 3 weeks ago.
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You sure needed to know WHAT lurked under there to cause that pain & overgrowth.
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But still you don’t know and this is your face trying best self-care you knew then.
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Being kind but also very worried… what WAS the issue because it sure was still growing & this new temporary denture was very uncomfortable….
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It will still be another couple of weeks before you show your former GP what it looks like under that denture & you will be shocked that she threw her hands to her face in reaction to what she saw.
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You know then, it IS serious & thank goodness your dentist is finally back from holidays & he sees the gums – the smelly, flappy, sore gums & says:
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The oral surgeon needs to biopsy this & you get that done: despite your intense anxiety & IBS because you are also getting CT of face & OPG done then too….
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And then the results are initially OK but you ARE puzzled on how on earth your gums can heal/improve.
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And on Wed 17 May 2017 at 9.25 a.m. your oral surgeon rings to say further testing shows it’s Squamous Cell Carcinoma….and you cry but with a sense of knowing what IT is.
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And four years from this photo, you will know as I tell you, you are WELL & you can overcome more than you EVER thought possible.
❤️from 4 years on
Denyse.
My stories and photos along with suggested links and websites must not be seen as medical advice. I write this blog from my experience as a head and neck cancer patient. Words from others are accordingly from their personal experience and not to be taken as nutritional advice. Seek what you might need from qualified health professional  who understand the needs of cancer patients.  Denyse Whelan. 2021.
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