Post Surgery: the Journey Continues

“The root of joy is Gratefulness”It’s the end of radiation therapy and what a frustrating and painful cycle. The last month and half has probably been the worst part of this journey thus far.  Every side effect described to me in my initial consultation was experienced throughout this process, it just kept getting worst. I’ve…

Post Surgery: the journey continues

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”. Gone are the days I was able to bite into a ripe banana.  Since the survey, it didn’t occur to me due to the fact I only ate bananas in my smoothies, that I was unable to perform this common function.  It was rare…

 Post Surgery: The Journey Continues

“Life is 10% of what happens to us & 90% of how we react”. Everyday I’m one step closer to getting healthy again and there’s the constant reminder to self that the pain is only temporary. My stick therapy is going great but still very stressful and frustrating. Going outside makes it very painful because…

Post Surgery: The Journey Continues

My first of three days in hospital was spent in the ICU.  Even with all the drugs sleeping was uncomfortable and painful as expected.  Apart of removing the cancer involved removing most of the roof of my mouth, along with my upper right maxillary (teeth&gums). My face was like a blowfish, I was stuffy, and…

Week Five 

The final days before surgery, are moving pretty quickly. There’s not enough hours in a day! Phasing myself out of work, spending more time with the kids, final follow up visits with doctors, preping my home for the best friend’s arrival and my recovery. I don’t talk about my family much, that’s because everyone does…

Week Four

My friends and family all will attest to the fact that I’m stubborn. I’ve been known to build up walls to protect myself from being hurt, so sometimes I tend to loose touch with my true emotions.  I got off the phone with my best friend Jenese and her words played over and over “Jan…

Week three 

Cancer – when we speak of this word, the action or result associated with it is often DEATH. As I often sit and think about my diagnosis and the fact I’ll have to experience minor changes is a blessing. Never being able to speak like I’ve done my whole life and living with an Obturator…

Week Two

Knowing why you’re in pain makes the suffering so much more horrible. Knowing that it’s not just a toothache, knowing that it’s not a headache or knowing that it’s not sinus pressure makes it all that more worst. I am however beginning to accept the fact that my life will forever change. Life’s experiences are…