May 20, 2006 - 3:40 pm
I was diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer, the end of February 2006. Unfortunately it was four days after I had the remainder of my lower teeth removed and implants put in. Two of the implants failed shortly after the first chemo, the other two are strong and healthy, but because they are on the same side, I cannot have a working lower denture made, I will need the other implants put back in and await their healing.
I have finished four sessions of chemo at three week intervals and will have a CT and some other tests done shortly. If they are good, they will remove the upper left lobe of my lung along with the tumor and affected lympth node. From what I hear, this is not a surgical procedure to look forward to, but it can lead to a cure, so I will "suck it up".
Besides, not being able to chew any solid food, I find that almost everything tastes terrible. I* am particularly upset that liquids such as water, juice and soda taste to bad. I am wondering if anyone can give me a clue on when I might expect the altered taste to return to normal. Forty plus years of smoking and as a now non-smoker, I am looking forward to getting my sense of taste and smell back. Meanwhile, I will eat and drink what is necessary to sustain life and support recovery.