Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week Education and Healing
April 9th – 15th, 2018, is #OHANCAW #OralHeadandNeckCancerAwarenessWeek As a 4-time Oral Cancer Thriver, I went live via video every day this week to share various aspects of this cancer. Below is an overview of each day and a link to each video for more detailed insights.
Oral cancer is unique in that all of our senses can be impacted. We need our mouths to eat and drink. We need our mouths to speak. We need our ears to hear. We need our eyes to see. We need our nose to smell. Oral cancer implications depend on where in the head and neck area the cancer is.
Day 1 – Statistics for Oral Head and Neck Cancer signs and symptoms and when to get to the doctor.
Main symptoms of oral cancer include:
- A sore throat that doesn’t have other cold symptoms and doesn’t go away.
- Mouth pain not related to oral hygiene.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Sinus pain that won’t go away.
- Face swelling, pain and/or inflammation.
- White or red patches inside the mouth.
Here’s the link to the day 1 video for 7 more tips: https://youtu.be/-lxMUDkiFS4
Day 2 – Side effects of Oral Head and Neck Cancer during treatment, causes of oral cancer, and how I healed 4 times through practical means.
8 biggest causes of oral cancer:
- Foods, including salt, sugar and processed foods
- Poor oral hygiene
- Exposure to dangerous airborne substances found around constructions, ceramics, textiles, and metals.
Side effects of radiation include and aren’t limited to:
- Dry mouth
- Skin redness and irritation
- Loss of taste
- Loss of smell
- Tooth loss and bone loss
- Inability to eat
- Sensitivity to spice
Side effects of chemotherapy include:
- Fatigue and body weakness
- Hair loss
- Kidney failure
- Restless leg syndrome
- Heart palpitations
- Chemo brain/brain fog
- Increased risk of infections
- Changes in body temperature
- Changes in skin color
- Weight loss
Day 3 – How I healed Oral Head and Neck Cancer 4 times through mindset, spiritual means, alternative healing, natural medicine, and finding my voice.
Some of the things I covered in this video include:
- The power of prayer
- Visualizations and a real example of how I used this
- Tapping (when I had the strength)
- My journey to self-love
- Essential oils and how they were KEY to my healing and helping with symptoms. My go-to oils included: Frankincense, Myrrh, Peppermint, Lavender, and Turmeric (Curcumin). There have been studies that Turmeric has a special ingredient that specifically helps kill oral cancer cells. HERE’S one of many articles on the subject.
Quality matters when it comes to essential oils. Please please do NOT get essential oils at the grocery store. I’ve used most brands of oils over the decades and find doTERRA to be one of the highest quality oils on the market. Do your own research and find the oils that are best for you and your health.
Here’s the link to the day 3 video where I talk in more detail about how I helped heal myself: https://youtu.be/q72is5gZKRg
Day 4 – What NOT to say to someone with cancer
Here are some of the things to avoid saying to someone with cancer:
- I know how you feel…
- My (insert name) had your kind of cancer and they are totally fine now. NO comparison stories.
- Just think good thoughts and you’ll be fine.
- Just be grateful you don’t have (insert ‘worse’ thing here)
- I know exactly what you should do.
- What caused your cancer?
- I’m sure you’ll be just fine.
- You don’t look sick.
- You’re so strong.
- If there is anything I can do, just let me know.
For a complete list of what TO say, what NOT to say and an overview of the physical and emotional things someone with cancer feels, grab my free Insider’s Guide here: http://www.tandyelisala.com/InsiderGuide/
Here’s the link to the day 4 video where I share more tips; including examples of what TO say: https://youtu.be/IfNLW5cAusQ
Day 5 – 5 Biggest Ways Family Caregivers Can Help Cancer Patients
There are certainly more than 5 ways to help those going through cancer and these are my top 5:
- Meet them where they are at.
- Honor their decisions.
- Honor your OWN self-care needs.
- Exercise patience and compassion.
- Be a strong advocate.
Here’s the link to the day 5 video where I address these 5 areas in greater detail: https://youtu.be/dxgG1oYln44
Day 6 – 2+ years post Oral Head and Neck Cancer treatment side effects
Aside from the physical scars, here’s a list of the side effects I STILL EXPERIENCE after almost 3 years post treatment:
Short-term memory loss and thinking of words I know in my head but can’t speak.
Kidney failure (I reversed this from stage 4 to early stage 3 – YAY)
Tooth loss – Loose teeth
Bone loss – periodontal issues
Oral care – mouth sensitivity
Sensitivity to spice
Spitting some foods out because of the teeth issues and gaps between my teeth
Difficulty eating hard foods
Nausea with certain foods
I drink with a straw
Mouth muscle loss – causing dribbles down the shirt if I don’t drink with a straw
Dizziness when the body gets hot
Wrinkles around my mouth from the top lip down
Here’s the link to the day 6 video where I discuss these areas in more detail:
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HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP ALONG YOUR JOURNEY
- Everyone can use more hope and inspiration! For your free Daily Dose of Hope, click here: http://bit.ly/ddohope
2. For your free Insider’s Guide of what to say (and what NOT to say) to someone with cancer, go here: http://www.tandyelisala.com/InsiderGuide/
3. For more information about essential oils, check out this website: http://www.MyDoterra.com/TandyElisala
4. Check out my Etsy store HERE for caregiving, stress and gratitude products!