Fitting the mask

The moulding of my face mask at Waikato Hospital 13 March 2024 Like many people, I have always suffered from claustrophobia, and I attended my mask fitting with a heightened degree of anxiety and apprehension. I was so wrong. The two young ladies welcomed my wife and...

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Susan’s Story

“I knew I had to keep trying” In  November  2016 I had just finished seven weeks of chemo-radiotherapy for HPV oropharyngeal cancer following tonsillectomy. The treatment was brutal. I felt terrible and completely weak and wiped-out, on morphine, could barely swallow...

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Difficult path to diagnosis

My story is that for around a year before my diagnosis in May 2017, my upper mouth was painful, reddened and despite visits to dentists and specialist dentist (and a biopsy in 2015) the answer was “candida, and you need to clean better behind that bridge”…. I pushed...

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Cancer vet muses on complementary therapies

Our policy as a charity is to stick to tried and true cancer treatment but there are complementary therapies that might provide comfort and enhance health. Here is a personal attempt to clarify the somewhat murky field of alternative and complementary treatments....

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Surviving after head and neck recurrences

Feb 28, 2023 - anticipating 6th cancer surgery Tomorrow I go into the hospital for my 5th head and neck cancer op. It will be one of my smallest ops but I’m old now and I’ve had one huge surgery and three smaller head and neck ones (for non-cancer purposes)  since...

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A New Normal

A New Normal An interesting term I have run into during my cancer journey is the term ‘a new normal’. I have heard many times that things will ‘return to normal’ after MOHS surgery or similar dermatological procedures. A ‘new normal’ was a little different. Things...

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