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8 weeks on from op

a week after op

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The photo s are taken 8 weeks apart I took the latest today.

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can make.....You look wonderful!!  Laughing 

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Thank you phrannie, I feel wonderful at present can eat solids, drink OK, have no pain. I have to get through the radiation therapy next. I dont feel I need it but for peace of mind I'll go through it. I'm usually a positive thinker I got myself back to normal. I will be positive about the rad, hopefully I wont need the chem, nothings been mentioned. I still have an app't with the head of my team to discuss all thats happened and why. Most important to me at the moment is why is my mouth so droopy I thought by now it would have some muscle reaction but I can only smile with half a mouth, when I talk I looked as if I've had a stroke it doesn't show too much in the photo and my daughter said I'm over sensitive about it, I used to have a huge smile but now I can only manage half. I guess thats petty to say this after all they've done to save my life. I was told about 6 months before it comes back and it will hardly be noticable.  After reading about rad I'm not looking forward to it. I've been trying to put the weight back on that I lost while I was on liquid food I've managed a few pounds by eating fresh cream belguim buns, chunky choc kitkats, fruit smoothies etc. I have a PEG tube fitted 24th. Thats my belt and braces. I feel if theres an easier way to keep my weight up I'll take it. If I start to lose weight again I'll up the complan replacement shakes. I was on Ensure from the hospital but once they had gone my doc said they are too expensive and prescribed complan. It's pretty much like ensure but you mix a powder with milk in a blender, I throw in some fresh fruit as well. I dont need them at present but have at least one a day to boost up the weight. I'm not skinny I'm 10st now was 11st  before op so could have done with the weight loss in normal circumstances. I put my pictures on the forum so any newbies awaiting 'the op' will see how quick you can recover. I was never in any pain even during the hospital treatment. Immediately after the op they gave me a bulb to press and I got a morphine shot but they stopped that the day after and gave me soluble paracetamol through the feeding tube. I was fine. So don't be scared anyone waiting for a neck dissection it looks worse in my photo than it is......

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JF22,

You looked a little under the weather, but now you look great.  I spent an unplanned 12 days in the hospital to start my journey (what a nightmare).  Looking back, the rads are just a part of the whole.

You might want to check the must have list in the Super thread prior to starting your treatment sequence.

Good luck girl, you will do fine.

Matt

Quark
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Very impressive.  Good for you for sharing.

katenorwood
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The healing of our bodies after major surgery is simply amazing.  I wish I would have thought about pictures before and after....to show others the hope of healing after.  I was cut from ear to ear.  And 21 months out....the incision lines are barely noticable.  My ENT surgeon put in many, many tiny little stitches.  I remember looking at them the first few weeks wondering how the heck he did this.  I do needle point and sew alot.....so of coarse I notice dumb little things like this.  Lol !  Thanks for the positive post !  Katie

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I think I could give my surgeon some sewing lessons, he stapled me together with what looked exactly like paper clips, The ridge was ugly and knarled but after spending everyday while watching TV I massage Bio oil in and before I went to bed I applied Aloe Vera. Something worked as most of my scar has flattened and is normal skin colour just the throat needs to fade down but its a fraction of what it was. When they took the staples out the tool looked just like a paper staple remover, there was a student watching and I said she could take them out if she was allowed she was thrilled to bits and didn't hurt me once. 

katenorwood
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I had alot of inside stitches also....and stitches in my mouth as they extracted all my teeth at the same time.  I was very surprised they didn't use the staples....most others have had them.  I kinda looked like a voodoo doll for a few months.  My surgeons technique was precise....and I was very blessed he did such an amazing job.  I remember looking in the mirror in hospital, of coarse I was on a IV drip of morphine at the time......but I just marvled at the tiny stitches....and of coarse giggled at the drain tubes coming out of my neck on both sides.  These dissolved on their own....and I could take showers with them in.  I think the worst for me was the stitches in the gums top and bottom.  I felt like I was constantly pulling thick string out forever as they healed and came loose.  Ick ! 

I'm very impressed with how well you've healed.  All my best to you !  Katie

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Oh Man! That gave me the heebie jeebies! That brings back the memory of seeing myself for the first time after surgery. I freaked out! The tubes, staples etc. I was sure I'd never perform publicly again. But like your after pic, unless I said I had surgery, no one would ever know. 

You look great! it's amazing what our bodies can do. 

"T"

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and I am not the one with cancer. Rob had no disection so not sure about the muscle and nerves but I work in a doctors office and it will take a little more time for them to recouperate. Nerves and muscles heal in a longer peiod of time than skin. 

give it more time but know that you look amazing now

Also remember these are scars of battle and your are winning.

I was always bothered by my c-section scar and horrible stretch marks, but hubby says you body went to battle to give us our kids and he doesn't even notice them. I am really lucky in this world to be married to the almost perfect man.

Sandy

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