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Patty,

I'm so sorry to hear the latest news. I will certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and remember miracles do happen!

Just remember not to overdo it and enjoy each day, and like Christine said smell the flowers, enjoy a rainbow, and play with your dogs. And dont forget to stop in here to say hello also!


Susan

SCC R-Lateral tongue, T1N0M0
Age 47 at Dx, non-smoker, casual drinker, HPV-
Surgery: June 2005
RT: Feb-Apr 2006
HBOT: 45 in 2008; 30 in 2013
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Surgery 4/2011: Mild dysplasia
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Hi Patty- I am amazed by your strength.... So sorry to hear about the scan. I'm so glad that you have such a strong support system. It must be of great comfort to have such wonderful people surrounding you and helping you deal with all of this. Try and rest and just everyone pitch in to tie up loose ends for you....Everything will fall into place.

You are a very loved woman. I wish there were better words or things to say that were more uplifting or hopeful in some way.

Just know that your attitude and fighting invincible spirit are an inspiration to many many people. LOVE kate


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Total Glossectomy Due to Location of Tumor

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I sure am glad that I have the well wishes of you all. I am lonesome and not have as good of a day today. The hospice nurse will be here soon so I can meet her. Maybe I will feel better then.?

Patty


48
SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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Did you get my message Patty? I will be =here for you anytime you need me.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here
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Hey there. It's funny how you can be lonesome-sometimes even when you're surrounded by people. When you feel lonesome just remember we are all here surrounding you with love and hugs and wishing you all good things. I'm glad the hospice nurse is coming today - she may end up being your best friend and ally. I think being the oldest person is hospice is an awesome goal - go for it!!! Hope your day improves. Sounds like you've got a lot going on - git 'er done and take care.

Love - Nancy T



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Hi Patty,

I wish I was close to you I would give you a big hug.. then I would pick up Christine and we would come and paint with you. We would understand when you feel cranky and don't want to talk:)

How was the hospice nurse? I have heard wonderful things about hospice. My uncle and my husbands aunt both had hospice care and had wonderful experiences.

Love,
Suzanne


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T1 SCC on right side of tongue
Age 31...27 when diagnosed
4 partial glossectomies
No chemo or radiation
Biopsy on 2/2/10-Clear
Surgery needed again...no later than April 2011
Loving life and just became a mother on 11/25/10
It's not what we CAN'T do..it's what we CAN do:)
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Patty, I wish I was closer so I could help and visit with you. It would be alot of fun having a painting party. Im a lousy painter but sure do put my all into it. Suzanne and I would help you and we would cheer you up. Especially Suzanne, she is very cheery and peppy too smile

Just remember anytime you are feeling low, you have a whole group here in your corner.



Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
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10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
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Patty - I'm too tired to read all of the posts...what kind of dog do you have that you've not been able to find a home for?

Paula


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Christine..you are sweet as pie. My husband saya my painting skills aren't too hot but I think they are ok!!

Patty, Christine is right...we are here to support you morning,noon and night. Whatever you need.

xoxo

Last edited by suzanne98; 05-24-2009 01:38 PM. Reason: forgot a word..as usual

Suzanne
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T1 SCC on right side of tongue
Age 31...27 when diagnosed
4 partial glossectomies
No chemo or radiation
Biopsy on 2/2/10-Clear
Surgery needed again...no later than April 2011
Loving life and just became a mother on 11/25/10
It's not what we CAN'T do..it's what we CAN do:)
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Patty

I might be thousands of miles away, but I am always thinking of you and wishing I was able to be there to help support you in whatever way I can.

Karen ((hugs))


46 yrs:
Apr 07-SCC 80% entire tongue removed,T4N1M0
Neck/D,Jaw Split, Trache 2 ops,PEG 3.5yrs
30 x rad,6 x Cisplatin,
30 x HBO
Apr'08- flap Recon + ORN Mandibulectomy
(hip bone to reconstruct jaw)
Oct'08 1 Plate out-jaw
Mar'09 Debulk flap
Sep'09/Jan&Nov'10/Feb&Jun'11/Jan&Jul'12/Oct'13/April'14-More surgery
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