Cartoons (aka Tattoos) cause trauma in breast cancer, please…

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To say that tattoo markers are a daily reminder for breast cancer sufferers and that it’s traumatic, frankly, is very insulting to head and neck cancer patients who struggle with all manner of daily reminders on their cancer journey.

Before every one gets on their high horse, I have a family member going through breast cancer and a number of friends. I don’t begrudge anyone that the journey is hard and life altering – radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery …etc

Spare a thought for HNC patients who suffer loss of voice (yes the ability to speak), loss of the ability to eat or drink anything orally (ever again), the social impacts of this, not being able to swallow your own saliva, not being able to taste food, wine, anything, altering your smile, your speech. Major surgery on face, neck, jaw, teeth, resulting in severe scaring, appendages that have muscle / flesh removed to rebuild tongues and none of this can be hidden under jumpers, tops, kaftans, hats, sunglasses.

You want to talk about distressing impact – talk about that, Head & Neck Cancer patients can’t avoid permanent reminders, it’s in their face and mirrors every single day. One of the least known cancers, this story just put me in the “pissed right off” category.

World Head and Neck Cancer Day is July 27th – Perhaps some of the media outlets can do a story on that and raise some awareness of the cancer that causes millions of people worldwide more than a little distress and some reminders caused by bigger issues than some permanent ink spots. Rant over ….

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I am a life explorer, food forager, choice crusader, eco educator, leader, teacher and head and neck cancer survivor. I've loved food all my life, my mum taught me good eating habits and how to cook nutritious food with loads of flavour. As a little girl I lived next door to a wonderful cook Pat Heidrich, I watched as she rolled pastry, filled cupcakes and prepared light as a feather sponges. My love of licking bowls and beaters started early. I grew up and explored my passion by studying cooking, trawling food markets, buying good equipment and experimenting with the tastes and cuisines I love. This blog is intended to share my passion, inspire you to try ...and fail, provide tips and every day good advice about cooking, shopping for ingredients, and planning menus for you, your family and friends. What's your food manifesto? talk to me about how I can help you.

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