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The Complaining Patient: Tumor or Trauma

In the 1996 “Seinfeld” episode called “The Package,” Elaine is blackballed from being seen in medical offices and tries to steal her own medical records to erase her “difficult patient” status. I had a similar experience. I had been seen by one doctor in an Oral & Maxillofacial office for the non-healing sore on my tongue that was becoming more painful. The …

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Tongue Tasting Sectors

When I tell people I have had 1/3 of my tongue reconstructed, the treatment for late stage oral cancer, the first question they ask is if I can taste everything. fortunately, taste is bilateral so I taste everything on the one side. Ed Merrell who has had his entire tongue removed, says there are taste buds in the little bit …

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“Dear Eva” – A letter from Yolanda

Hi Eva, I write to you because I’m desperate. I’m a 31 years old mother of two, and my oral cancer is back for the third time. Well, this time around there is no treatment since I have been radiated before. Everyone on the tumor board agrees no treatment should be given, however my radiation oncologist tells me we can …

Support During Oral Cancer Makes a Big Difference

  Eva, I am writing to say that your confidence and encouragement during my recent trauma was a very important source of stability in my outlook as matters developed. For this reassurance I am truly grateful for your swift and gracious response to the contact made by my daughter-in-law, Anne. Your statement, and I quote “rest assured that your cancer …

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Feeding Tube after Oral Cancer Surgery Necessary?

Dear Eva, After your surgery did you feel like you would never be normal again? I’m really struggling with that part. I have to go back in tomorrow to remove a small part in the back of my tongue to make margins clean. I’m starting 37 days of radiation after the holidays. The feeding tube I have is the most …