Procedure went smoothly but apparently when I came to I was loud/distressed and confused. I was sedated and then made the mistake of eating too quickly and suffered extremely painful cramps. I was admitted overnight and suffered through the night with more painkillers. I was discharged the next afternoon but still could hardly walk and was distressed/confused. The nurses downstairs thought I was some escapee . I wasn't making much sense and looked like I should still be on the ward. I am only today looking at the tube but I made the mistake of asking the oncologist what stage I was. She didn't want to tell me but finally told me Stage 4. She stressed that in head/neck cancers stage 4 is treatable but it will take a high dosage of chemo. She told me I am P16+. Fun times ahead.
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.