Nov 04, 2012 - 5:49 pm
Hello my H&N family! This was posted on facebook (one of the two H&N groups I belong to). She gave me permission to post here since she is not on this site. Her name is Lyn Challands. I hope it encourages someone!!! :)
Not sure if I told you guys about my close friend Pams Husband, Russell. He's not on FB, although they are certainly Warriors..
Russell was diagnosed with STAGE FOUR Oral Cancer in January of 2009. He had a rare tumour in his Sinus Cavity the size of a LEMON. His only symptoms were typical sinus infections and tiredness. Finally, he got a blood nose that he couldn't stop, and was diagnosed. He was given SIX WEEKS to live if they couldn't get it (and they told him it was unlikely they would get it all). He was warned that it was 95% likely he'd lose his sight and his sense of smell....and even if they got it, he'd be in trouble as it had probably spread to lymph nodes etc..
He underwent hours and hours of surgery where they REMOVED his face....his eyes...his nose....and scraped out the tumor. They got it all.
He then went 12 weeks of intensive Chemo and Radiation. He also had to go on anti biotic therapy for 12 months, coz his forehead bone kept getting infected.
3,nearly 4 years later ; He has his full sight, and the cancer is NOWHERE to be found!!! He lost his sense of smell, but not taste. His eyesight is PERFECT, and he has a new job for the past 12 months. The prognosis is EXCELLENT.
They are constantly watching him (of course), but unless you knew, you can't tell by looking at him. He has a fine scar around his hairline, and a small one along his nose. So much for "Stage 4 with 6 weeks to live". HA!