annie2012's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 43

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    • annie2012
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Last summer (2011) my voice began to get real hoarse. I went to a doctor in September and he said it was either allergies or acid reflux. He gave me some acid reflux pills and said to give it about 3 months to see if I saw any difference. Then life got a little crazy - big stressful move (with small kids) and mother in law was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. So the holidays came and went and still hoarse - even getting worse. So I *finally* made an appointment with an ENT and she said it was a small cyst and swelling. She said she could remove it and everything would be fine. The day after the surgery she called and wanted to see me in her office the following day. I knew it was bad. Even though I have never touched a cigarette in my life and I don't fit any of the risk factors - not over 60, male, heavy smoker, heavy drinker, etc - the biopsy came back cancer. We were all shocked. Now I am weighing out all the pros and cons of radiation and surgery. After much consideration, research and prayer - I have decided to go with surgery (partial laryngectomy) Would love to connect with other people who have had this procedure or facing similar situation. Thanks for reading about my journey (so far) and may God Bless you on yours.

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    • annie2012
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    2/1/12 had a partial laryngectomy done. Doctor removed a tumor from my left vocal chord. Most of my vocal chord was spared so my voice should be ok and no complications swallowing. Very pleased with the outcome. Just waiting for final biopsy report to see if all the cancer is gone. Praying hard right now.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • annie2012
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Cancer is gone!

    Celebration

    2/7/2012 doctor was able to get all the tumor, plus clear margins, and all biopies came back clear - NO CANCER! 3/7/2012 one month later and my voice has just about fully recovered!! I can talk again!! and no need for speech therapy. so very thankful.

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