Kevin's Dead Cat

After surgery sliced off an entire tumor and 1/3 of my tongue, plus six weeks of radiation therapy, I've been re-learning how to eat, drink, and talk with my newly re-constructed tongue and coping with side effects. But the cancer came back and I don't know what's going to happen next.

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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

I suppose I'll be losing more weight

Six months since surgery, 3 months since my last radiation treatment, and I'm in pain. I don't know whether it's because of the electric toothbrush, that I'm talking more often, or if it's the normal healing process. But for nearly two weeks my gums, jaw, and tongue, have been aching.

At first my gums just felt the way they do after flossing, except it was all the time. Then my tongue began aching because I've been forcing the right side from rubbing against my teeth. It feels like the entire muscle is fatigued. Now my jaws and neck are killing me. I took some asprin last night so I could sleep. But this afternoon, it was hurting so much I got a headache.

I want to believe that it's just the healing process; all the nerve endings are waking up finally. I won't know for sure until I talk to whichever radiation specialist examines me on the 11th.

Regardless of my big appetite being back, the pain is keeping me from eating again. I lost two more pounds last week. And just when I thought it was safe to buy some new clothes.


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