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Hi Carolyn, apologies for my delay in replying. I had my husbands family staying and it was pretty intense Sigh I am doing okay thanks. Surgeon was happy with me at my one year anniversary check up. I am still struggling emotionally with it all to be honest, been going through a bit of depression (which isn't me at all) but with my brother's sudden death and then the cancer diagnosis, I am struggling somewhat BUT, know I need to get my act together. It was a particularly awful year at work this past school year which didn't help. Healthwise, I have constant irritation where the scar tissue is - like I burned or bit my tongue and depending what I eat increases the feeling. He advised that I avoid spicy foods but I am being stubborn about eating what I want - my own worse enemy LOL. My neck area still has some nerve damage/numb areas and is tight. But, this is my 'new normal' - I would like my old normal back please! My speech is okay, my tongue gets tired if I am working and singing, reading, talking too much (teacher) and I hear a 'slur', I am not fit and have put on weight but I am working on that - it is frustrating as I was very fit before the diagnosis. Anyway, I know I am lucky and it could have been so much worse and glad to be past the one year mark. I also still read articles - I think it is human nature to be curious but yes, it is upsetting sometimes and I also tell myself not to read them (but then do). I'm trying to just get on with life, travel when I can, spending time with my boys, trying not to stress the little things. Had my 50th birthday in January - yikes! I am now on 4 monthly check ups at UCSF for the next year. Then it will be 5, then 6 etc for up to 5 years. Will be thinking of you for your next check up - try to stay positive - I know how hard that is. I don't know how I would react if my cancer comes back - I hope I never have to find out. I will be thinking of you for your check up, let me know how it goes. Wish we lived closer and I would come with you. Take care of yourself xxx
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