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3/2/21 2:02 P

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Thank you all for your prayers:

With my ongoing care and treatment for Cancer, I have lost massive weight, now between 102 to 104 pounds averaging 103lbs. Because of this weight I am being followed up at Cancer Clinic with a Nutritionist, working closely with her so I at least maintain and not lose any more weight. I have been told that with my current situation I won't gain weight for now but they are trying to get me to a place where I am at least maintaining!

All my foods are Boost high protein, juices, high calorie pureed soups, congee, smoothies and milkshakes thin enough for drinking from a straw. I have managed to take in thin applesauce!

No solid foods for now!

This Week's Appointments:

March 5th for follow-up with my Oncologist: he may begin new treatment..

March 6th Follow-up with Surgeon: waiting on surgery, may have more info on how soon?

Thank you for praying for Wisdom, Direction and Guidance for the Specialists as they plan out my care!

Finally for my Complete Healing: God is Good.....God Bless you all... emoticon

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12/1/20 1:03 A

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Up-date: I saw the surgeon on the 5th of November and now have been referred back to the Hospital to see the Head and Neck Surgeon I saw originally...

On December 11th I am back to Cancer Clinic for follow-up with Oncologist...

My next surgery won't happen until sometime in New Year. With the increased cases its too risky for me at this time...Please keep it all in prayer for God's Will to be done.

Thank you all....

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9/19/20 5:56 P

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My updates on my current condition are below.

I need prayer for my appointments on September 24th regarding my ongoing treatment, surgeries and current problem areas that are being watched since last surgery.

I see a Medical Oncologist who is reviewing the current treatment plan and what the next step will be. Later same day I see my Melanoma Oncologist. He will be doing tests and reviewing the next surgery that needs to be done to correct the areas that were damaged during my last cancer surgery!

I have active cancer cells growing thru body that need to be stopped so my healing can take place.

Prayers for wisdom for my Oncologists that correct treatment will be found. And for he best Surgeon found who can do the reconstruction of my lip and mouth. I have nerve and muscle damage in mouth and left upper lip which involves left side of my nose.

The reconstruction will put my lip and side of nose back into right place, right now they are leaning towards left side. Once reconstruction takes place my alignment will be completely normal. My mouth is very painful since surgery, its from nerve damage from cancer surgery.

As result it has impeded my ability to eat solid foods which has put me on a liquid diet, high calorie soups, juices, almond milk, smoothies, thinner milkshakes and Boost nutritional drink.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers..God Bless you all.. emoticon emoticon

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9/4/20 10:02 A

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Updates: Prayer Needed:

Regarding my Cancer Journey: I have 2 appointments this month, one with Medical Oncologist regarding my treatment and possible more tests, and one with my Melanoma Oncologist, have new spots forming that were not there before my last surgery that have to be watched and biopsied,

Waiting to hear from Surgeon regarding another surgery that is for Reconstruction to repair the areas that were damaged from the Cancer surgery 3 months ago. Was told it would take 3 months to recover and areas to heal from the extensive surgery that was done, unfortunately what they expected to heal and recover has not so they have to go back in to surgically repair the area.

Thank you all for your kindness, support and many prayers. I am so thankful for your friendship! emoticon emoticon

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5/24/20 2:50 A

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Prayer Update:

Evening Hello Spark Friend's

This past week has been most challenging still dealing with swelling and mega pain sutures in lip/mouth still dissolving! My BP remains high, this morning 160/96/77 and tonight 160/91/83 and weight is down to 108 pounds:

I admit, it’s hard to remain positive when you are feeling so drained! However, I know God is watching over me and will continue to bring strength and healing! Please pray for my appointment with Cancer Clinic on Friday to meet with my Oncologist.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers. You all are so appreciated! God Bless you all. emoticon emoticon

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5/18/20 12:31 A

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Saturday I met with my Surgeon for follow-up and won't know anything more about treatment until I follow up with cancer clinic when I see my Oncologist!

Surgeon said there was a large area involved where he had to remove the cancerous mass!

He told me unlike the last 2 surgeries this time it will take 3 months to heal the surgical site.

There are sutures that are still dissolving in my mouth and lip which takes time!

There is a lot of swelling on the face, lip and mouth due to the extensive surgery along with the reconstruction surgery that was done same time as the surgery to remove mass.

My surgery involved 3 parts, 1st part to remove scar tissue 2nd part to remove cancerous mass then 3rd part to do the reconstruction surgery!

Once swelling goes down the lip & mouth including nose will be back in proper alignment, he said the nerve damage is from the surgery itself and the fact some of the nerves in the face were removed along with the cancerous mass.

As a result I have further nerve and muscle damage! Surgeon said I will always have numbness basically no feeling or very little feeling on the left side of face and mouth!

I was referred back to Cancer Clinic to see Oncologist who will plan out my treatment. I see him end of May..

Please continue to pray! emoticon emoticon

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5/12/20 11:00 P

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I see my Surgeon on Saturday May 16th at 3:10pm. For the most part have had telephone calls with my specialists but this time he needs to see me in the clinic to check the surgery suture/surgery site and check inside my mouth besides the left side of face nose and lip.

All sutures are dissolvable, I still have issues with pain, swelling and High BP but know this will improve and I will get past this.

My other appointments at Cancer Clinic with both oncologists are scheduled for end of May. Will keep you in the loop and appreciate your prayers! emoticon

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5/6/20 11:07 P

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Good Evening Team,

The following appointments are coming up regarding my cancer journey!

May 15th, see Oncologist and will receive Pathology report and discuss treatment options and plans;

May 25th follow-up with Surgeon to see how surgery site is healing and my ongoing recovery;

May 7th I have a Telephone conference call from my Family Doctor to check up on swelling and High BP issues

You all are such good friend's I value your support more than you will ever know…

Thank you again for your continued prayers for Blood Pressure Issues and Swelling in Face, Mouth and Lip and for a speedy recovery and healing with no further issues! emoticon

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5/5/20 12:37 P

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Thank you for your support & many prayers, the last week has been very challenging, never thought this surgery #3 would be so hard, I so need all the prayers you are pouring out on my behalf as the pain levels & my BP are big issues now.

My face is quite swollen including my mouth & lip which makes it difficult for even taking in the neccessary nutrition. My diet is all liquids..

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5/2/20 6:55 P

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Surgery & Recovery Update

Wednesday and Thursday were intense, my surgery on Wednesday took over an hour and then I spent the remainder in Acute Care Recovery until 5:30pm.

There were issues with oxygen, bleeding, nausea, vomiting and blood pressure being too high!

Wednesday and Thursday I was on oxygen with severe pain, nausea, vomiting, BP very high, however, just before Midnight Thursday my 02 levels returned to normal.

With monitoring me for remainder of Thursday/Friday my surgeon released me to go home this weekend and said I would be better at home away from the environment of potentially getting sick. With current pandemic and conditions this was a wise move especially with my weakened immune system with cancer!

Surgeon ordered mega prescription meds for me and the only med that was covered was my antibiotics, other meds which look after the pain, nausea, vomiting, high BP and wound care, came to a grand total of $85.00.

However and with many thanks the nurse gave me the remainder of the 2 meds that I was using for psoriasis and the polysporin for wound care along with the swab applicators which helped keep my med bill down.

My anti nausea meds used for cancer patients came to a total of $56.92. The other pain meds that were not covered cost me $17.99

So getting the freebies from the nurse really helped! Thankfully I have a Blood Pressure monitor. Because my BP is quite high I am instructed to take my BP twice a day!

I see my surgeon and medical oncologist in 2 weeks. Pathology report will come in at same time they hope!

I so appreciate your ongoing support and prayers.. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: JUDITH316 at: 3/2/2021 (14:02)
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