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    NeckCancer asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    In preparing for a feeding tube, I've read about a lot of people that blend all types of foods to push through their feed tubes

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      LiveWithCancer

      Wishing you the best of luck, NeckCancer. I am fortunate enough to not have needed a feeding tube so don't have any practical advice.

      6 days ago
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      This is my second time having a feeding tube. The last time I never tried anything other than the formula. This time it's going to be a longer term with the tube so I've started throwing stuff in a magic bullet blender to see how thin it has to be. So far I've just made a couple of strawberry, banana smoothies. I added some honey for some more calories and some milk to thin it. It worked pretty well. I've been reading about people blending about anything you could eat on a normal diet. Some people get creative.

      3 days ago
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      Rustysmom

      My heart goes out to all of you who need to deal with a feeding tube, either short term or long term. My only experience with a feeding tube was with a lab I had who had one for about 2 1/2 years. I made her food 3 times a day, and it was a blend of her meds, supplements and her kibble. What I learned was that a Vitamix blender was a lifesaver. You can puree gravel in that thing.

      3 days ago
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    I've had a hard time dealing with the reality of a recurrence and the unknown of what's coming next. It's out of my hands, yes. But it's awfully hard to get it out of my mind. How do you do it?

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      LiveWithCancer

      God. I trust Him. When and how I die is in His hands, not mine. For me, it is not a cliche to say, "He's got this ... and whatever outcome is in His plans is the outcome I am good with." And, until the time comes, I live today, this moment, because it is the only time that we have promised to us.

      My son died totally unexpectedly and quite suddenly about 1.5 years ago - from a heart attack. Almost a month ago, I found my husband on the floor after he suffered a stroke (he is still alive but struggling to recover from the effects of the stroke). I have friends who have lost loved ones who weren't sick at all only weeks earlier. With COVID, no one knows if they'll survive an infection. There are many ways to perish besides cancer.

      If we spend our time worrying about what's going to happen tomorrow, we give up our opportunity to live today while we have life. That's my belief anyway and how I live without fear.

      I am waiting to have scans next month that will show whether a new spot that was on my last scan has gone away, grown, or stayed the same. I'm not anxious to have to restart treatment if it ends up that the spot is malignant, but if that's the case, that's what I'll do. Worrying about it between now and then just robs me of my peace and happiness until that time.

      Good luck at finding your peace! I am beyond grateful that it is not my nature to worry.

      10 days ago
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      I'm sorry, NeckCancer. i didn't realize that you are currently facing a recurrence - you're not worrying about having a recurrence. I can't find how to delete my response above, but it is not pertinent to your current situation and I apologize for misunderstanding your initial post.

      Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.

      10 days ago
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      I fully understand how you feel. I am on dx number 5 and that worry has passed being a worry and moved into an expectation. But, even so, there's nothing I can do about the fact that I have had recurrences over and over. I continue to just ask, what's next? What do we do now, what's your plan, when talking to my doctors.

      10 days ago
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    NeckCancer asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    I am going to have to have another throat surgery after a recurrence.

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      Bug

      I'm so sorry to hear this, NeckCancer. When is your surgery?

      10 days ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I am so sorry to read this, @NeckCancer. I've been fortunate enough up until now to not have to deal with a feeding tube. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

      10 days ago
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      Carool

      NeckCancer, I’m so sorry. I wish you all the best with your surgery and feeding tube.

      9 days ago
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