Update on Cut Throat Jo…‏

Some of you may have noticed a scar in the middle of my neck, or you may have followed my story over the past two years. This is just an update.

Tuesday, for me, was a great day. It saw the end of my six month treatment with the dreaded steroid injections. Firstly I’m a massive wuss and hate needles, so to have between two and four stabbed directly into my scar every month was not fun. The immense pain the day after was horrific and the grumpiness didn’t make it easier. At work we dubbed it my ‘roid rage.

You see, if you don’t know the story, two years ago I found a big lump growing in my throat. It got so big it started to put pressure on my wind pipe which made it painful to swallow and made me heave a lot. I had test after test, scan after scan with no one knowing exactly what it was. The best bet was that it was a mass of blood vessels that had grown around my thyroid. The plan was to remove it as soon as possible.

From this we learnt that I had a tumour, luckily benign, growing on half of my thyroid. It was a slow and painful recovery where neck movement was extremely restricted.

Unfortunately for me we found that I was a hyperthrophic healer. My scar had become raised, lumpy and very angry looking. I was also left with a massive amount of hard scar tissue which still put pressure on my throat.  Last August I went back for more surgery to have the scar and tissue cut out and resown. This all went smoothly (more smoothly than the scar) but It still didn’t heal as well as it could of.

Five months on and it’s still red and angry looking but the lumpiness has gone, thanks to the steroids. The only downside is the steroids thinned my skin under the scar so you can now see every blood vessel and if lifted, you can see the tendon in my neck. Gross.

Anyway, the steroids have finished, the frequency of my hospital appointments has decreased and I have a silicone gel which is helping with the appearance.

I don’t think it will ever fade completely BUT I am healthy and I am happy.



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