Did you ever wonder what kind of questions oral cancer survivors with reconstruction of their tongues ask each other….well, now you will know:
When you stick out your tongue, does it go off to the side? Can you feel on that side? Do you do tongue exercises….lalalalala, doe, doe, doe….tot,tot,tot….? Does your tongue get stiff…when? Can you drink wine? Can I see yours?
The beautiful women pictured here aren’t afraid to show the world their beautifully reconstructed one third of their tongue, removed because of squamous cell oral cancer, and reconstructed to allow normal swallowing functions.
I would have stuck my tongue out, too, but I was taking the picture! I was honored to meet these women at the David Nasto Oral Cancer Awareness Walk at Perona Farms in Andover NJ on September 22, 2012.