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7/10/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this difficult time when it matters most. Thank you for visiting.
On March 1, 2017 Dad went to his primary doctor with ear and jaw pain on the right side. He was referred to an ENT and diagnosed with TMJ. (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) After having conversations with friends that had suffered from TMJ he decided to try a couple of different types of treatments. Mainly seeing a chiropractor and doing physical therapy. No relief by mid-March so he went to his dentist. His regular dentist referred him to another dentist in Atlanta that was very knowledgeable with TMJ. After a couple of weeks of therapy using different mouthguards~ still no relief, so the "TMJ dentist" requested that the ENT do a biopsy. (end of March) Dad went to his ENT the very next day thinking he was having a biopsy in his ear but his ENT said that was not necessary. For the next month and a half Dad was in and out of the TMJ dentist, physical therapy, chiropractor and the ENT. During this time he was diagnosed by the ENT with an outer ear infection. Still no relief with the treatment he was providing for the infection. Finally towards the end of May dad insisted with the ENT that they get to the bottom of his health issues and pushed for a biopsy. With that we learned that Dad has Squamous Cell Carcinoma in his ear canal~ and so the journey begins.... Cancer~ it's the word you never want to hear!!!
Mid June~ Dad went in for a PET scan. Results from that showed Stage 4 Squamous cell carcinoma in the right ear canal, that has broken through the ear canal bone and is in the jaw joint. August 14th is the date we are scheduled for surgery. It is a 10-12 hour surgery. One doctor will remove the cancer and the other will do reconstruction on Dad's ear and jaw.
We need your prayers!! This is going to be a tough road for our family but we will get through it. We are fortunate to have lots of loving, caring and praying friends and family that will help carry us through.