The joy of ongoing appointments

I was talking to someone the other day who was saying that going back to the Macmillan Cancer Centre for appointments is something she fears and finds upsetting. And I get it, there can be a certain sense of PTSD with these things, and constant reminders of the trauma isn’t necessarily what you want. But…

Monday Monday Monday

And not just any Monday, but one that had the potential to hold news about small white things that go in your mouth and help with things like talking, eating and generally living. Yes. Teeth. After weeks (months overall!!! 7 in fact!) of waiting and chasing, I finally got the call I had been waiting…

What the experts say…

There’s a lot of terminology used when it comes to cancer and I think a lot of us are left to piece together the jargon with the help of Google in order to try and make sense of our condition…

Happy 70th birthday NHS

It is the 70th birthday of the NHS. Where to start? I suppose with something that’s obviously close to me. Looking at cancer alone – 50% of people get cancer. That means you, and your mum. Or your partner and your dad. Or your sister and your best friend. I know of people in the…

Trachy tales

While a lot of the point of this post is really to say ‘Kat the Physio is amazing’, because I definitely haven’t given her enough time yet, I feel I also need to talk a little bit more about the Tracheostomy. The concept is great. Hole in the neck to breathe through, so no matter…

Woah hey look, she lives!

I can only apologise for my radio silence. I know none of you would blame me for a moment, but I’m sure you have all been concerned, intrigued, interested… Some combination of all of the above, maybe some other things too. I have not been up to writing at all, and I’m still not. But…

Last minute thoughts on this surgery

I’m not like… Worrying about this surgery. I mean… I know the risks. I know it’s huge. I know it could end up being even bigger than they expect. I know things could go wrong. But I’m not lying awake at night worrying. There’s no good in me worrying about it. It’s not like a…

Surgeon meeting take 2

So I met with the surgeon today. We’re aiming for surgery on the 5th of March. That’s soon. When will I find out if that’s going ahead? Hopefully Tuesday. 5 days before I would be going to hospital. Plenty of time for my parents to book tickets to come over, right? Found out I’ll be…

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…