Dec 14, 2012 - 6:26 am
I was diagnosed with tip on tongue cancer, underneath and on the left hand side and had surgery on the 14th November. My surgeon took out a big chunk but found that the biopsy had got all of it and lots of healthy tissue was removed, however he wanted to be safe than sorry. I have not had a neck dissection as the tumour was so small (3mm by 4mm) he said it was protocol not to do the invasive neck surgery for such a small tumour.
I am really very grateful that it’s been caught early but I feel like the whole cancer thing has just hit me like a truck and it’s sinking in now, I’m having awful nightmares. It’s now just a month after surgery and I have a lisp that upsets me as I’m a Counsellor/Psychotherapist who was attending interviews for jobs up until this happened. I get so scared when I speak to strangers and can’t ever imagine being given a job speaking like this, especially as the jobs I’m qualified for involves advocacy, public speaking and campaigning.
I’m being referred to a speech therapist and a clinical psychologist by my amazing Macmillan nurse (a UK special cancer support nurse) so I really hope they can both help.
I really don’t want to fall into the victim trap when I’ve been so lucky and others aren’t but I feel so awful. Can anyone give me any hope for my lisp to improve due to a shorter tongue and less of a tongue down the left hand side, and also if any feeling will come back in my tongue? – the doc won’t say either way if the nerves will regenerate or my speech will ever be the same, humph!
Thank you, Kate