kristineingrid's Journey with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Female, Age: 64

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    This was my third time around the block, I was originally diagnosed at age 34 though I didn't have any of the risk factors that often lead to this type of cancer. I had a seperate occurence of the same type of cancer in 2001 & an actual recurrence in 2003. All presented in the same way in the same spot of my upper maxilla.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    It altered my facial features pretty significantly.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation in my jaw in 1987 caused little damage.The radiation in 2003 led to a very hard to treat case of trismus which led to another surgery to release the jaw. I have recently started a newer form of physical therapy that is very time consuming, but is working very well to maintain my jaw mobility.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    going on with life

    Celebration

    For me, helping others & raising awareness is something I try to pass on. I'm involved with Relay for Life & raising funds to win the war against cancer is very important to me.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my sister-in-law, Pam to breast cancer. Pam's loss was so difficult, we had been walking together on this journey for 7 years when she lost her battle .The things that I do for cancer causes is in memory of her. In my heart, she still walks beside me.

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    severe trismus

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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