Cancer

Cancer check up No.5

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Well it came and it went - thankfully without incident! I still have a perfect mouth, yeah, ok, missing a few key parts but most importantly no Cancer to be seen in there.

Was a bit worried as my mouth has been quite sore recently, but apparently this has a lot to do with the material that the obturator is made out of (Acrylic) - it's a bit hard and also it's a thrush magnet - not that i have thrush you understand, but if I don't keep on top of cleaning it regularly then bacteria will over run... ewwwww!

Ok - so now onto tomorrow, which has now become MEGA exciting (since my gob is ok) - it is my fitting of the chrome... oh yes... my new mouth...

Updates and a picture of the shiny mouth tomorrow!

Kathy and Greg...

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A week ago I had a lovely email from a lady called Kathy who lives in the US. Her husband Greg, recently had a Maxillectomy due to Cancer.

I firstly never thought that this site would really be found by anyone, not really, yet in three weeks I have had three people contact me - it may not seem like a lot, but actually, given the small amount of people who have a Maxillectomy in the world, I think it is pretty huge.

But this is an important post, as the email was written to me by Kathy, the wife of Greg - it is important to realise that those around you go through just as much as you do, of course they don't suffer the physical pain that you have but they equal it out on the emotional and mental stress they suffer propping us up daily, making sure that we feel like all is ok, even when it might not be. It may not seem that way at times, but believe me it is true!

I remember when I was diagnosed, I went on a roller coaster ride of emotions in the first few weeks. I even remember sitting around our dinner table, with my Wife and two children, listening to them chatting, thinking, you know this could go on without me, life could go on without me - I must admit, I felt very resentful towards them. It didn't last long, mainly because I could see that my wife was in tatters about my situation, which actually wasn't my situation at all, it was OURS.

The importance of loved ones around us when we need it is the whole point of being here I think. I have no doubt how much my family love me and for that I am very very lucky.

Cancer has done two things for me, that have been positive (yeah, it's done a whole host of negatives too):

1. I have made a few new friends from this - not the best way to meet new people, I don't recommend it to anyone!

2. It made me realise just how much I am loved and how much I love those around me.

Greg, although unfortunate to have Cancer, although unfortunate to have had a Maxillectomy, has Kathy, a woman who obviously loves him - and just knowing that may make Greg that little bit stronger and just that little bit more able to cope with things.

I'm thinking of of you Greg and I'm thinking of you too Kathy!

Nearly that time again...

Nearly time for my monthly appointment with Ceri my Consultant. It has started to play on my mind again - this damn cancer shadow, I can't get out from underneath it.

Last night I couldn't get to sleep - that's not strictly true, I fell asleep in front of the TV, quite early actually, it was about 9:00pm. My wife woke me up an hour later and said we should go to bed as we were both obviously tired. 

I went to bed and that was it, wide awake and my mind started churning over events... blah blah blah, I'm bored of it too - don't worry. I eventually did go to sleep and I woke up exactly where I left off, which was annoying, so I decided that I would face the day with positivity... I've done that and I feel much better.

I know that last time i saw Ceri there was nothing, I expect this time will be the same - I must maintain that feeling, I must focus on the fact that I had the cancer removed, that it isn't there anymore - I can't say that I am cancer free, because I doubt I ever will be, what I can say though is that I don't have cancer... I'll leave it at that!

Aspirin - taken for cancer not headaches?

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So, I have read an awful lot about cancer on the internet and one thing that I came across was how Aspirin can potentially have an effect on Cancer.

Here is the general information:

Taking a low dose of aspirin every day may reduce the risk of cancer and slow the spread of the disease, according to a study that followed the health of more than 100,000 patients.

Research by a team at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta found the overall risk of dying from cancer was 16% lower among people who took a daily aspirin pill for up to 11 years, with deaths from gastrointestinal cancers, such as oesophageal, stomach and colorectal cancers, falling by around 40%. Deaths from other cancers fell by 12% on average.

The findings, based on 100,139 men and women with no prior history of cancer, support previous claims that aspirin can protect against some forms of the disease, but suggest the effect is not as strong as those earlier studies found.

Along with the benefits for cancer, of course Aspirin is given to those who have had heart problems, so to me it seems like a very worthy medicine to have in your cabinet!

For me, my largest concern is the return of cancer, so with that in mind and from what I have read and concluded on my own, I have been taking a 75mg pill every day now for the past few months, I'm not saying you should, you need to do your own research, but for me, I see that the positives totally outweigh any negatives! 

I'll do anything to live Cancer free!

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/aug...

Stand up to cancer UK!

Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK have joined forces to launch Stand Up To Cancer in the UK. 

They’re calling on the nation to join the brightest stars in entertainment, to work together to raise money to accelerate cancer research. So we can bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

It’s a critical time. We have the knowhow to make rapid advances in the treatment and prevention of cancer. We just need more money. That’s where Stand Up To Cancer comes in, by raising funds to turn breakthroughs in the lab into breakthroughs in our hospitals.

Friday 19th October live on Channel 4 - save the date.

Watch this video - then visit http://www.standuptocancer.org.uk 

Source: http://www.standuptocancer.org.uk

My MRI

Here is the MRI view that I used for the main site title - technology is amazing, I love it. Obviously this is the MRI I had before the operation! For some this might be a bit weird, but I find it really interesting. You can clearly see the tumour and its location - but more importantly you can actually see that I have a brain!