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    Big "C"...

    Debated on whether or not I wanted to post anything and decided to because not wanting to walk this myself.

    A year ago I felt some pain in my upper teeth, right side, in my maxilla. Dentist said I was grinding my teeth so he prescribed a 'night guard' to wear at night. It didn't work so I stopped wearing it. This summer increased pain on same side, went back, he said it was a parotid gland (salivary gland) infection, prescribed antibiotics. I talked with a friend who is an ENT, who prescribed different antibiotics and steroids. Got a little better, then worse again. I saw him in clinic, he ordered a CT. Ct scheduled a week later. I said "no bueno," and since I work at that hospital and have some relationships, I walked my fat ass to radiology and they put me on the table, showed a 'mass' or 'cyst'. My buddy showed scans to a OMF doc (oral-maxofacial), said it looked like a 'dentginous cyst' and planned to see me in clinic a week later for eval and removal in the OR. In the meantime, another friend, a neuroradiologist, said he thought I needed a MRI, so I got one. Not a cyst, but a tumor, "likely a schwannoma." Cool, referred to different surgeon, surgery for this past Thursday.

    So...this past Thursday I go for surgery, they go in ad it turns out to be a malignant tumor. They were shocked, so they sent out frozen pathology, twice to confirm. Ruling in for tumor, they closed me back up. Now I get a PET scan and will need to wait "one to two weeks" to get final path results back. Then surgical referral for "a big surgery," chemo and radiation.

    My kids are OK, my wife is trying to be OK. Me, I vacillate between being Ok and saying "what the actual f***??". My face is very swollen and I look like I had a stroke because they were working so close to some nerves. Honestly I have felt better.

    Better to have this off my chest.....

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    My heart goes out to you. Keep your head up and try to stay in a positive frame of mind. You’re friends and family will definitely be a good support structure to get you through this. All of anonymous gun nuts are here for you too!

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    Glad you have an answer at least. That's half the battle. Good luck.

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    Wow. Best of luck in your treatment.
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    Big "C"...

    Gosh dang it… Sorry to hear this. Try and keep a positive outlook. Wishes and prayers through your recovery.


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    Last edited by arptsprt; 09-11-21 at 13:37.

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    I have a family member who is alive because of proton radiation. Much cleaner than standard radiation. Might be worth asking your doctor about this. Good luck
    Last edited by signal4l; 09-11-21 at 13:50.

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    Chuck, I am sorry buddy. I hate you are going through it. My father had a mass On his pituitary gland. He had it removed and went through radiation. He is now 80 years old and has been tumor free for 19 years. I will tell you that radiation will Usually weaken your immune system.
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    Sending good vibes.
    At times it is difficult not to ask; “what the Hell, there are endless numbers of dirtbags more deserving of this than him?!?”
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    Chuck, I’m sorry to hear this. I’m hitting you up by PM.
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    I think we're all prayin' for ya, amigo.
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