Cancer Updates

 

Well where to start. It's been a long fight and a lot to go through. I have no one to blame for it other than myself though. I always figured that it couldn't happen to me because my family doesn't have it in the genetics but I found out that wasn't a guarantee. I had my first operation on 8/16/06 to remove the first sign of cancer. It was a little white bump on my tongue was all. It hurt but not real bad though. The bump that is, the surgery hurt like hell. They were not able to get it all and they were worried that it had gone to other areas of my body other than my tongue. I was sent to the Huntsman Cancer Research Hospital. Let me just say there is a reason they are the number one treatment center in the world. After lots of tests it was found that my lymph nods in my neck may have been affected as well. I went through surgery again on 09/12/06. This time they took out more of my tongue and some of my lymph nods. I didn't get to leave the hospital that time because of the severity of the surgery and how my body was reacting to it but I did get le leave the next day. Had to go into the emergency room on 09/14/06 because of my tongue swelling and they wanted to make sure it didn't cut off my airway.  Lots of drugs and a little time late I was doing OK. Now the tests are back any I am officially cancer free at the time.  I still run a high risk of it coming back because of the type so I get to be monitored very closely for the next 5 years. after that I will run the same risk as anyone else as long as I don't have another outbreak of it before then. So YES cancer is genetics but drinking and using tobacco can still cause it even if you are not genetically predisposed to have it. Don't think you have nothing to worry about because if you do either you run a higher risk that others. Below are a few photo's as a reminder to me why using tobacco and drinking is not a smart thing to do. FYI... not for the squeamish. They are photos of me and the aftermath of what I went through.

My second surgery before I had my stitches taken out. My second surgery before I had my stitches taken out. My tongue after the second surgery. My second surgery after I had my stitches taken out. My second surgery after I had my stitches taken out.
         
My second surgery before I had my stitches taken out. My second surgery before I had my stitches taken out. My tongue after the second surgery. My second surgery after I had my stitches taken out.