After you lose more than half of your tongue, much of the upper pallet on the roof of your mouth, and experience life after all things Head Neck Cancer my reality is very different than most.
Recently, I interviewed Doctor Arthur Rosenberg, now retired, but previously a certified Hematologist engaged in practice in Greenwich, CT. He was one of the leading chemotherapists in CT and known around the country for his unique and effective treatment plans.
In the US, a new head and neck cancer case is diagnosed every 10 minutes and a person dies from this disease every 45 minutes
Create a schedule. Keep it flexible but attempt to maintain some structure throughout your day. Having a routine when confined at home is key to fill your time and helps decrease stress.
Less than 1/2 of HNC survivors are able to return to work. Which has led to higher rates of depression, financial bankruptcy, and suicidal rates in this specific demographic.
When I was ill, I stopped watching, reading the newspapers, researching about the bleak statistics of cancer, and/or surrounding myself with anyone who doubted I would not survive. Anything negative was cut out of my life.
Something I made and used, a card size sign one YES and one NO. Tape each to a pencil, pen or popsicle stick. It is an easy way of answering yes and no questions quickly by simply hold up the sign.
After being diagnosed with any cancer, always get a second opinion to verify and get informed about what you have.
Conscientiously maintain a balanced diet. If you are unable to eat solid foods be certain to rely on a certified nutritionist to establish a daily regimen of liquid vitamins, protein shakes, green juices, and fruit smoothies.
Instead of getting a coffee or dinner, this is what I created for myself.