Our Support Group really came about by accident! I had had a 14 hour operation to remove cancer from the bottom jaw of my mouth which involved taking away my bottom teeth, underneath of my tongue, jaw bone and lymph glands followed by 6 weeks of radiotherapy. I met Maureen S. while we were both waiting to see our surgeon at Kingston on Thames Hospital. We both recognised the condition of our arms from which skin, bone and artery had been taken for rebuilding our mouths! We have encouraged each other ever since and that was nearly 8 years ago.
Lawrence was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in 2010. Three years later doctors found another cancer on his tongue. Now 3 weeks after his most recent operation, Lawrence is recovering well and staying positive.
August 2003: most people think of the very hot summer when London hit 40°C, but I missed the horrors of sweltering in the Tube because I was out cold in intensive care after my second operation for a recurrence of jaw cancer.