May 26, 2013 - 6:36 pm
Those two words ROCKED my world back in January. I ignored what my dentist said was an abscess tooth and ended up having a 4cm tumor IN my lower left jaw. They did surgery (5 hours) on March 6th to remove a large portion of my jaw and the tumor. I had drainage tubes, feeding tube, 50 staples, IVs everywhere they could find a willing vein, and felt like I had hit by a very large truck. One week later, with all tubes removed and looking/feeling much more human, my pathology report came back that my margins were not clear. They went back in March 15th and removed my left "hinge" and the rest of my lower left jaw. 40 more staples, more drainage tubes, Ivs, etc...I did finally receive clear margins...praise God! However, with the first surgery not resulting with good results, they wanted me to have 30 rounds of radiation as a precaution. I'm halfway through the radiation and it has been harder than recovery from surgery! The spit, coughing, gagging, and mouth sores are a LOT more than I had bargained for! I'm very thankful to be alive, very thankful to have a loving family and awesome friends that have supported me, and now very thankful to have found this site. I hate, hate, hate going to the dentist and that's why this went so long without being detected. I urge everyone I know to GO to the doctor and dentist regularly and to NOT smoke. I smoked and liked it off and on for 10 years. The worst part is my husband and I both work but our employers do not offer ANY benefits. So, I'm sitting at about $110k in medical bills right now (before radiology's bill). It's been a CRAZY year so far!! God has certainly used this to work in my life and He has brought me through a lot of pain and humility.
Anyone else had MEC?