Since today is my son Paul's 7 year anniversary being cancer-free, I asked him if he had anything memorable that he wanted me to pass on to others, here. He said he had nothing inspirational . . . just lots of gripes which I quote here:
"1- teeth brushing makes me gag
2- shaving is horrendously inconvenient around scars and with stubble that grows in different directions.
3 - teeth damaged by enamel loss are wrong shape to bite your nails with.
4 - you'll always wonder if the cx or the treatment are the cause of any health issue that you deal with later in life."
I can think of some answers to the above, but I think it might be better if it comes from someone who has had similar issues or the CG of a long-term survivor.
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)