May 25, 2010 - 6:40 pm
Hi everyone! I have been lurking for a bit and find these posts encouraging and very informative so thank you. In 2006 I noticed something growing in my neck and was told it was just a swollen lymphnode and not to worry about it. So fast forward to 2010 my "swollen lymph" had grown to the size of about a ping pong ball from the side of my neck. So I started going to a hospital to try and figure out how I could get it removed, because honestly it was embarrasing. They did a biopsy on it and found out it was a malignant tumor. So they jumped on the ball and did surgery May 5. I just felt like it was so weird, I'm only 23 it just seems like the "wrong" age range. I know that sounds bad to say, but it just felt like someone threw a book at my head. I was dazed and just couldn't even believe it was true. They removed the tumor, 20 lymphnodes, and my tonsils. Recovery was not easy, but I'm doing better. I'm still numb from my left ear, the back of my head, my left cheek and under my chin. It is the oddest feeling. They said it's Squamous Cell Carcinoma and the tumor is the secondary with an unknown primary. I'm also pregnant, so now they are inducing my labor so they can start me on radiation quickly. I'm bummed that I'm going to have to be doing radiation with a new born baby at home, but I know it's just what I have to do for the time being. Can anyone tell me the effects they had with radiation? I have read it is possible to lose your hair while receiving radiation on your head and neck. Is that very unlikely? Anything anyone would like to share I would love to hear. Thank you in advance!