Its been a year…

It was one year ago today that I underwent surgery for an oropharyngeal carcinoma that was located in my right tonsil. What they did:The surgery was one of the ugliest, most invasive procedures that I could have imagined being performed on me. It involved removal of the tumor and a clearance margin of 4 centimeters (or was it 8 centimeters?) around the tumor site, and the reconstruction of that area. There were at least two teams working on me, and the operation lasted almost eight hours. You know, I just realized that I’ve forgotten how much time they actually took. … Continue reading Its been a year…

QOL=Quality of Life

Its now been 5 months since we started active treatment for oropharyngeal carcinoma which included surgery, chemo therapy and radiation therapy. I am ‘back to work’, usually a sign that most things are back to normal, other than the obvious emotional impact that swirls in the wake of any cancer diagnosis. In my case, I am also very disappointed in my current Quality of Life to the point that it is becoming a focus of potential depression. My tongue still doesn’t work the way its supposed to. My tongue still feels swollen, pulls to the right and generally is not … Continue reading QOL=Quality of Life

Quality of Light and Quality of Life

Snow is falling this morning, in big fluffy flakes that remind me of my childhood in Ontario. Unlike most of the snow that we see here in the greater Edmonton area, the snow this morning has a feel like the softness of falling goose down. And being this far north, with the snow, the quality of light is fascinating… but it is exactly that quality of light, and the colour and texture of the sky which makes it so difficult to get a good photograph of the falling snow…The quality of light in the kitchen this morning was not so … Continue reading Quality of Light and Quality of Life