Jahnsart's Journey with Invasive, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma > Invasive

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 56, Stage III

  1. 1
    • Jahnsart
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    about 5 years ago
    Jahnsart's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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

    0 Comments
  2. 2
    • Jahnsart
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    about 5 years ago
    Jahnsart's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    During the first six months after treatment it was rough, since then, I have progressed wonderfully

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  3. 3
    • Jahnsart
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    about 5 years ago
    Jahnsart's Avatar

    Pain

    Side Effects

    Horrible pain, couldn't use my left shoulder for a while constant jaw pain which still persists.

    0 Comments
  4. 4
    • Jahnsart
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    about 5 years ago
    Jahnsart's Avatar

    Remission

    Celebration

    One year anniversary an N.E.D what a great burden lifted.

    0 Comments
  5. 5
    • Jahnsart
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    almost 5 years ago
    Jahnsart's Avatar

    First Bite Syndrome, Severely dry throat, Jaw pain, Water coming through my nose

    Side Effects

    I was diagnosed less than a month from my fiftieth birthday. I thought I was as healthy as I could be, I played 15 hours of Sand Volleyball a week and don't smoke or drink. Of all the possible outcomes, mine are minor...I wasn't used to being in pain, it was an odd experience. I didn't complain much but eating was really a chore... I couldn't really do anything with my left arm for a while and was very frustrated by my limited range of movement, however, it got better with time. I went to the doctor for my constant jaw pain and the doctor gave me Botox injections which helped a great deal. Now that I am 15 months out from my ordeal I have a little reflecting to do. If I could have done things differently I would have worked out more, I would have seen a counselor much sooner, and I would have meditated more often...I am now able to function to a high degree and most people have no idea that I have had surgery. I have a new purpose in life from my experience, I am committed to working with children in the Foster Care System. I workout daily and am getting more fit than I have in years, I am committed to leaving a mark in the lives of people of this earth, before I depart. What I will always remember is that, at the depths of my pain and fear, during all of the times I would despair about my condition. I knew that this state wasn't permanent. I knew that this condition, like all others will pass and be replaced with a new one...Everything is impermanent and that is such a wonderful thing for me to remember...

    0 Comments