I am so thankful simply to be still alive, but coping with the effects of surgery and radiotherapy is not easy. I am surprised that I have so much on-going pain in all areas: face/neck, arm/wrist/hand, thigh. I am also frustrated with my physical restrictions and fatigue. I want to do lots of things but need to rest after doing basic things like household chores.
I was originally concerned with facial disfigurement but that is the least of my concerns, allowing for the fact that my mouth no longer closes in the left corner, I need to drink with a straw, cover my mouth with a serviette when eating in company and can often dribble. Excessively dry mouth when sleeping is also a problem.
I have a strong faith in God and know I don't walk this path alone.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.