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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Tongue cancer: Nicky’s story

Nicky's story This is the beginning of Nicky's story which was published on stuff.co.nz in 2020. Hearing the very sad news that the legendary Eddie Van Halen passed away from throat cancer, I thought it timely to tell my story. In August, 2017 I developed a painful...

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Delay in diagnosis: Denyse

Denyse: My Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis. I now live in a New South Wales area called the Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. Before we moved here in 2015, I had been instructed my then dentists to “clean more carefully” around the back of the bridge with 5 teeth...

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Delay in diagnosis: Anne

My HNC misdiagnosis January 2017 developed severe hay fever resulting in sore nostrils. A small lump then developed at end of septum and right nostril. Seen by GP and and prescribed antibiotics. Put on 2 further doses of antibiotics during February. Feb 15th taken by...

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Throat cancer: Liz’s story

Patient Story: Liz Gray  In The Beginning I was born and bred in Invercargill, am 61 years of age, never smoked and didn’t drink. I left high school and worked at a solicitor’s as a legal typist, married at 17 years of age and had three beautiful children, a son and...

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Throat cancer: Michael’s story

In February 2021 I was diagnosed with cancer in a tonsil and nearby lymph nodes. Mid-March I went through 7 weeks of treatment. Almost exactly six months after my diagnosis, in August, I was given the “all clear”. I'm writing this at the end of November and would say...

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Cancer of the larynx: Brian’s story

Cancer of the Larynx: One Patient’s Journey Brian Easton1 Prologue This arises from an invitation by Head and Neck Cancer Support Aotearoa to set down my recent experiences. A writer always asks, who am I writing for? It would be pointless to write for those who have...

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