I wasn’t lying when I said the hard bit was yet to come

I had to go in today for photos so they could build some 3D models of my jaw for surgery. Super cool.

The photo guy was really nice. Though he confirmed a few of my worries to be true.

The surgery recovery will be huge. Really huge.

It will be at least a year before I have any teeth. Just a nice gummy gap in the meantime. Talking will be difficult. Living will be difficult.

What do you do with that information?

I went and got coffee. Seemed a good place to start…

12 thoughts on “I wasn’t lying when I said the hard bit was yet to come

  1. John Kirby

    Hi Jen, see my comment on your blog. I wait anxiously as you do for the outcome of your checkup on 23rd. Good luck with that. I Will call you before I travel toSYD/CNB. I am hoping that my own hip op will take place this summer. Take good care, and Courage, as they say in France. Love.

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  2. Ali Campbell

    Hi Jen. I had a major op last April for head and neck cancer. I had my upper jaw left reconstructed from my left shoulder.
    I lost half my upper teeth left side.
    My tastebuds are all over the place and I have the sweet tooth from hell.
    Some things I used to love eating I now hate and I have to eat a soft food diet, but it’s better than the feeding tube I had!
    I did have a plate made for me before Xmas so I had my front teeth until my implants, but I hate wearing it.
    I talk funny with it.
    I talk funny without it and there are some words that I really struggle with pronouncing, sometimes to frustration but mostly to fits of laughter, so think positive!!

    I’m still without teeth.

    Hopefully implants will be done very soon but it’s fine. You learn to cope.

    Think positive hun xx

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    1. I thought of you when I wrote this! I know you had slightly prepared me for this eventuality but I was in hope that I would be different! But no.

      You’re right. It will be ok. It’s just that after 6 months of being useless and tapped out of my usual life because of chemo, it feels like a big blow to now have to face at least another year until I might be getting some semblance of normal life back.

      Omg feeding tube… I’d rather go hungry! Argh I can’t wait for it to be over.

      You’re doing so well. You’re an inspiration to me. Thank you. Hard road ahead but I guess it will end eventually! xx

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  3. Andrew Taylor

    I think a Coffee was a good idea, Jen.

    Lot’s to take in but you are a winner. You will succeed with this even if it takes a little time and has it’s ups and downs.

    Of this I’m sure.

    Love
    Da.

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  4. Ashlea Ross

    It’s going to be massive but you will hit it ‘head on’ like you have done everything. Taking each day at a time. I’m really glad that you’ve been writing this blog so we can follow you and support from Aus 🙂

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