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Jan 22, 2018 · Meet others living with Head & Neck Cancer - Come introduce yourself in Head & Neck Cancer

Hi Everyone,
My name is Bobbielynn from Sunny California. A wonderful 59 year old I ‘ve had Head and neck cancer since 2008. Thought it was a canker sore on my tongue but turned out to be cancer. Recurrence on the day of my five year anniversay I had surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy both times. i have a flap sewn to the bottom of my mouth and a huge scar from the graft on my right arm. I say its a cancer awareness tattoo. I had to learn to speak and eat again however the side effects are the ones hitting me now. My speech and eating was affected but i have adjusted and actually doing well. I had to rethink how I was going to see this as a problem or an adventure (mindfulness) Its been an adventure learning to puree foods to chew hits and misses there. I found out I will be losing my teeth from the radiontherapy bummed sounds swallow but it bothers me.
Hoping healing no pain would be nice, and thinking okay going to have to practice a different smile hmm maybe an Olsen twin smirk. LOL

Anyone have any helpful tips for puree foods or experice tooth loss after treatments?