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    luvsalldogs asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    It seems as if this journey has been much longer than expected after initial diagnosis. Do you ever feel normal again?

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      Margie

      i have heard that phrase for the last 8 years. I first heard after the death of my son. Then in 2011, my grandson was diagnosed with Leukemia, again the new normal. In 2012 I was dx with Breast cancer. I do not consider any of it to be normal. It is just another hill to climb and try to be happy and survive. I am considered cancer free, but I still hurt at times and my strength has gone to the way side. If I come half back to where I was 8 years, then I'll be normal.

      almost 3 years ago
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      Unfortunately, being normal might be different after your treatments end. Take things one day at a time. The continued weight loss was a big concern for me, too, in addition to mouth sores, facial sensitivity, and severe nausau. My dear friend, keep your head up and don't worry about the weight loss. IT WILL get under control soon, as it did for me but be prepared for weight gain to happen slowly as you get your strength back little by little. I don't know what your circumstances are but again, just take your journey ONE DAY AT A TIME. My treatments have ended and my body has a new phase of "normal" than it had before the illness. It's something I have to accept and I have to advocate for myself since there are people who don't understand why I have such extreme changes in lifestyle and appearance.

      almost 3 years ago
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      I also wonder if "normal" will ever be for me again. Treatment is going on 1 year and counting! Sometimes I think yeah I don't have cancer and other times I think am I ever going to look at myself and be content? Sometimes I feel like I am pretending to be happy so that people around me don't feel bad for me. Very rarely do I ever feel "normal" except around my grandkids. They help me feel like my old self again, who I very much liked!

      almost 3 years ago
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