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Hi Chris,

It is so lovely to hear that. So encouraging to know, very worrying to try and imagine what life will be like post treatment. These are the questions that Paul has asked and never seems to be any satisfactory answer. Obviously everyone different but does anyone get their saliva and taste back to normal.


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Hi Chris,

That is really wonderful news, gives me hope and I need that right now. Had my second check up on Monday and was given the OK.

I am 3 months past treatment and trying to get back to work. Had a couple of interviews, waiting for feedback which is doing my head in! Maybe the wait is meant to be and I am getting a little stronger everyday, although those "jet lag" moments are still hard to get through.

Best wishes


I had a checkup this morning and passed all the tests - Woohoo! I'm only seven months out after treatment though so I've got a long way to go. My life is back to normal as well.

Thanks so much for posting. Please be sure to keep it up whenever you have another anniversary or milestone. It's important for others, particularly newbies, to know that we can get through this and that there is life after cancer diagnosis and treatment. I think that when patients get good test results and no recurrence, they go on with life and don't come back to the board to report how they're doing. We're a very busy society!

Reading any of Haag's still kicking it posts was always inspirational to me and I admire him for continuing to show interest and share information with everyone.

Well done Chris!

Hi Joan, Winnie, Ken, Mimi and Chloe. Joan, unfortunately my saliva is not back to normal and I have to go everywhere with a bottle of water, but it doesn't stop me from doing anything. I've recently started using salagen on prescription and am hoping it will improve matters. My taste is absolutely fine, but I can no longer eat spicy foods or drink wine. Still, who needs them!! I'm a lot healthier, lost two stone in weight and am back in size 12 clothes for the first time since I was about 18. A student commented on how young I was looking the other day!!

Winnie, my diagnosis was as a result of a visit to the doctor with ear ache. I thought I needed to have my ear syringed, as I this had been necessary in the past.Instead, I was told that my tonsil was greatly enlarged and was referred to a specialist. The doctor spotted the problem only two days after I had been to the dentist. Needless to say I have changed my dentist!

Ken - good luck with the job applications. I was lucky that I managed to get by without ever going on to a peg and had somebody cover my job on a temporary basis.

Mimi - I'm looking forward to announcing my second anniversary. I've celebrated the first anniversary three times this week. I've now moved to two monthly checks now.

Good luck everybody. It can be done.

Best wishes

Originally posted by suedebottom:
My taste is absolutely fine, but I can no longer eat spicy foods or drink wine.

Chris, i too lost my ability to eat spicey foods during or after my radiation. i still remember when i ate a regular hot dog with nothing but mustard and it was too spicey for me.

however, after about 6 months i was back to eating the same spicey foods i ate before my rads. got my taste buds back and most of my saliva.

it was a real break for me since i love spicey foods -- not the tear making ones though.....
Hi! Chris,
Boy how time does fly 12 months and apart from the inability to "spit" your life goe on and on, good on yah girl.
I still don't have saliva and it's amaxing how you get on without it, not being able to eat over spicy foods is a downer but it is improving.
Keep up the good news and everyday is a new and better day.
"I'll be back"

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