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THE DREADED “YOUR NEW NORM” (PART 1)

SCAN0223[Editors note: THE DREADED “YOUR NEW NORM” is a two-part series written by Jim Rose. This is the first part of the series.]

My name is Jim Rose and in 2009, eight months after retiring from a 47 year career in the auto industry, I was diagnosed with stage IV oropharyngeal and pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.  Within 3.5 weeks I was biopsied, scoped and put through 10 hours of radical surgery.

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The Real Life by Carolyn Anderson

On December 4, 2009, my entire life changed forever in a way that I never dreamed. I was a school teacher for 32 years, having retired in June of 2009.  I looked forward to retirement and all that went with it.  Instead, my oncologist at Vanderbilt Hospital diagnosed me with Adenocarcinoma and Squamous-cell carcinoma of the salivary gland. In the removal of the salivary gland, I would lose half of my tongue, my salivary gland, and a lymph node; the result of which would be my inability to eat or drink because I was unable to swallow. Numbed by this massive prognosis, my major thought was, “Would I be able to live through it.”

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Looking Down the Barrel of a Feeding Tube

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Byline: Barbara Blades

January 2005

The last time I can remember eating normally was January 2005. My birthday is on January 5th and I had already planned on eating someplace special. On January 4th I had a biopsy, and following my birthday on the 7th I learned I had stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma.   It was in the lymph nodes of my neck and in the base of my tongue.

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Couldn’t Believe It

Byline: Gloria Hevener

[Editor’s note: The NFOSD would like to thank Gloria for sharing her story. We have posted a few questions for our readers to consider at the bottom this article. We welcome your thoughtful comments and reserve the right to moderate them as needed.]

My name is Gloria Hevener.  I am 76 years old with two daughters, a son, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  My last job was a Program Manager in Network Operations at Sprint.  I loved my work and luckily, as a result of my job at Sprint, I am very technology savvy and can use my computer and iPad to my advantage.  My husband and I did lots of traveling during our first years of retirement – nearly around the world.

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She can’t eat but wants to be a chef

By Frederik Pleitgen and Vivienne Foley, CNN

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(CNN) — Chelsea Wheeler is a 10-year-old girl with a passion and a plan.

“I want to have a diner,” she says, sitting on her bed in her parents’ house in Oxford, Connecticut.

“I’d like to make things that people think are yummy healthier, less fatty, and make it like they’re being cooked for the Queen.”

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