Mar 02, 2004 - 12:48 am
Symptoms began with a lump in the roof of my mouth. Started out the size of my thumb nail and then started growing. This began around September, 2003. Went to the doctor in early October to an ENT specialist; who did a biopsy of the lump and then it really got aggrevated and filled up the whole top of my mouth. Of course it was malignant and I had no insurance. This diagnosis was made in Texas where I lived and I could not get anyone to touch it due to no insurance. I recently got married in November, 2003 and my stepdaughter, who lives in Pennsylvania contacted UPMC hospital there and told them the situation. They told her to get us here and they would take care of me. So, me and my new wife packed up everything and drove over 1400 miles to have surgery. I am currently still having radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. In the meantime, I have lost lots of weight due to not being able to eat. I no longer have a roof of the mouth and everything is all exposed in my mouth and sinus area up to my eyes. I am in hopes of someone else out there that can talk with me that has had anything simular. I am depressed and very weak.