Results

I’ve just arrived home from the hospital, where I got the results from Friday’s CT scan.  That was an anxious wait, let me tell you!

Apparently, the cancer started in my tonsils and the base of my tongue, and has now spread to the right hand side of my throat. Nowhere else is affected as yet.

The lump is too big for surgery, so I start six week courses (approx.) of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy next week.  I had to have my teeth x-rayed today as any potential dental problems can be worsened by the effects of the chemo and/or radiotherapy.

Who knew?

Now, here comes the fun part…

I’m going to need a feeding tube put directly into my stomach to be able to eat as swallowing will be too painful…

…and a dedicated course of speech therapy afterwards as I’m likely to have trouble talking once my throat has been nuked for six weeks straight.

Yikes!

Those last two points aside, it’s not as bad as I’d feared.  I’ll be honest and admit that I was certain the consultant would tell me that the cancer had reached my brain.  But it hasn’t.  Yet.

And that’s a good thing.

I suppose I’d better start thinking about a style of hat to wear for when my hair goes.  That’s actually trickier than it sounds as there are a lot of hats out there that instantly make me look like a serial killer as soon as I put them on.  I can’t do anything woollen, and the peaked baseball cap just isn’t a good match.

Steampunk hat

Something like this, maybe…?

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27 Comments


  1. I think that hat would be perfect, Tommy xxx

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    1. Very dapper! Glad it hasn’t spread anywhere else – good news. It will be hard but you have the right attitude xxxx

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  2. How about a ‘See you Jimmy Hat’?? I’ve one spare! Xx

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  3. steam punk hats all the way! accessorising is the way to go! a friend of mine had to have a tube, she would chase people and try a freak them out pretending she was a mutant robot, just throwing some dual use purposes in there for you! its scary and its not fair but keep strong and keep moving forward xxx

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  4. Tommy I have a tube in my stomach through which I am fed and have had it for nearly 15 years. It is different yes, but you learn to cope. It hasn’t really stopped me doing anything. Since I had the tube I have got a PhD, written books and become a lecturer. If you want to talk about the tube give me a shout though. Good luck with all the treatment Ness xx

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  5. Tommy, my friend had cancer of the throat and tongue and is now 5 years clear. Loving the hat

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  6. Bring back the bowler hat, Tommy!

    Sending strong positive vibes regarding the upcoming challenges. Knock em down, one by one!

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  7. I am a fan of this chapeau. (I shall be showing it to my son, a top hat enthusiast.) And I’m so glad the news is encouraging, all things considered. Sending big septic love and looking forward to the next installment.

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  8. Glad to know how you are getting on. There are so many people rooting for you. I love your hat

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  9. I think a white cowboy hat is in order. Well, the bad guy’s in the black hat, isn’t he? And we all know who the bad guy is! (Boo, hiss…)

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  10. Thinking of you Tommy. Re: Choice of hat, I would definitely go with the steampunk style, much more stylish

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  11. In your “spare” time just start your own haberdashery! ! That way all your hats would be perfectly YOU 🙂

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  12. Thinking of you and your family Tommy.
    Re: Hats I would definitely go with Steampunk, much more stylish.

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  13. Very glad the news isn’t as bad as you feared. I’ve never met you, but am a fellow northwest-based children’s author, and when I saw your post on FB yesterday, I felt huge sympathy for you. I thought of you at 2pm whilst walking in the Shropshire hills. Keep us all posted, and good luck with the hat!

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  14. Glad for you all that it’s not as bad as you thought it might be …. Loving the hat comment, made me chuckle. Was thinking about you this afternoon. Sending very best wishes your way xxxxx

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  15. Stumbled across your blog just yesterday … sending you some ‘powers’ and lots of best wishes for the next weeks to come. X⚡️X⚡️

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  16. I think you should try wearing a different hat for every day of your treatment lol. You’d look most fetching in a fez 🙂
    I hope all goes well with your treatment. With your sense of humour and positivity, you’ll breeze through it! x x

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  17. This is good news Tommy! Well, it’s shit news on the normal scale of news, but it’s good news on the scale of cancer news. Also, I think you could defo rock a head scarf…

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  18. Great hat. Hope the treatment isn’t too gruelling. Thinking of you.

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  19. All good vibes sent your way, please consider a Caribbean holiday…..I have the hook up

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  20. What everyone said, Tommy. As John said, the whole children’s writing community is behind you. We will need a picture of you with that hat, though!

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  21. Glad they caught it in time, Tommy. Very best of luck. We’ll all be thinking of you. From Paul and the Fiction Express team.

    PS If it’s any consolation, my wife won’t let me wear a hat anywhere but in the garden – the back garden, obviously!

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  22. Last time I worked with you Tommy, you pulled off the golden crown look really well mate! Hahaha
    Me mam’s suggested a bandanna; it was what she used and swor by them…. Just don’t were a patch or you’ll be done for piracy!!! Haha
    Thoughts and love are with you mate.

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  23. I’ve never heard of tonsil cancer before! You are unique. My mom is currently 3 years clean of rectal cancer. It was stage 3 or stage 4 when they found it odds weren’t good. My mom told everyone, “Don’t tell me what it says in the Internet. Don’t tell me my odds.” Knowing she was doing all she could and that the doctor was hopeful helped her keep her spirits up and attitude is extremely important. You’re still here. Your family still needs you. Your fans and coworkers still want you. One day at a time.

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