Feb 23, 2004 - 4:52 pm
Hello, I had my operation on 09-012-03 and followed with 35 radiation treatments ending 12-31-03. They removed the right tonsil and the l3 lymph nodes in my neck and throat area plus other tissue in the area. The operation was called a radical neck dissectomy. My throat and mouth are dry requiring me to carry a water bottle at all times. the 6-7 in scar area on my neck is very stiff and I feel inward pressure and some pain still. The radiation was done with a somewhat new technigue call IMRT. This means the radiation is more directed to the target areas and is suppose to spare to some degree the salvia glands. The jury is still out on that part. My right arm and shoulder are stiff and lack strength during certain movements and mobility in other reaching movements. I am told this is due to surgical effects to the spinal nerve cluster in the neck area. Iam being checked every 30 days to be sure there is no reoccurence.
My wife and I are both now eating only organic foods, are taking various herbs & herb teas and vitimins. I will gladly share the information on the natural items above if anyone is interested. I feel much better since we started the nutrition program.
I am going through the fear stage now that it might come back-but I realize one must have faith and stay posisitive.
I Would like to hear from others who have the same cancer history as to how they are doing and any suggestions/ideas/treatment options we may share on a mutual basis...
Thank you & stay well