TBT: My Nose & Me

Seven years ago, my face underwent a rearrangement due to Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma. If the surgery had been on my leg or arm I think I could have handled it better, but having my cancer right smack dab in the middle of my face was hard. Very hard.

The picture below was taken well after the initial surgery. That is somehow too gruesome to reshare. You can go back to March 2013 if you’d like. I posted pictures back then because I was really struggling with the horrific image that met me in the mirror each morning. It took me well over 7 months of additional surgery to get to where I am today.

May 14 13 022Below as I look today. Scars have faded and after extensive reconstruction, this is the face that greets me now. I can handle this. I think it’s not so bad.

20200616_082747 copySavannah asked me about this one time. I explained that I felt ugly back then and she was the only one who never noticed. She smiled and said, “That’s because I see your heart, Oma.”


Out of the mouths of babes.


5 thoughts on “TBT: My Nose & Me”

  1. I well remember this time ! But the doctors did a good job on you !! I am still half alive with my move ! With this lockdown it was not easy because all charity shops etc where I could get rid of old stuff were closed and are just open since a week ! There are so many things still in the house because of these dammit moving companyy !

  2. There is no nice way to say it, you did not look good post surgery. But your plastic surgery was so good, there is nothing noticeable in photos. What a sweet thing for Savannah to say.

  3. Yes I remember it being about a challenging time for you and hoping that your reconstructive surgery worked. Which now you can’t even tell Your granddaughter is so sweet ❤️❤️

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