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I remember how I was feeling just three to four months ago when I found out I had a tumor in my neck that could be cancer. It was truthfully the scariest and most stressful few months of my life. I was visiting doctors offices daily for checkups, biopsys, CT scans, MRIs, blood tests and eventually surgery. The word cancer is never easy to hear, especially when you’re young and THOUGHT you were completely healthy!
To sum it up, I had a 2cm tumor in my neck and had to have bronchial cleft neck surgery. The morning I went under the knife, I didn’t know if the tumor would be cancerous or not and would have to wait about a week to find out after it was sent for testing. Not only was that scary as hell, I was also very worried about how the scar on my neck would heal.
Now it’s been over 2 months since surgery and I wish I had better pictures for you guys for this update. To be completely honest, I am actually pretty disappointed on how it’s healing. I really thought it would be less noticeable by now, but it’s still really REALLY noticeable.
I’m hoping it will get better with time…
Since I haven’t posted many pictures yet, I figured it was about time to show you guys.
Here’s a photo timeline of my scar starting with my car ride home from the hospital…
Gosh I was so drugged up in the above picture haha.
4 days post neck surgery..still bandaged up.
10 days post neck surgery. This was the day I finally got my bandages off. It was the first time I had seen what it looked like…
13 days post neck surgery…
15 days post neck surgery…redness went down a little bit but scaring is very bad.
20 days post neck surgery…
One month post neck surgery…scabs are gone and it’s now just a red scar.
7 weeks post neck surgery…
9 weeks post neck surgery pic….
As you can see, the redness and scaring is still VERY obvious.
I’ve been really trying to OWN my scar and try not to let it bother me too much in public but it’s very obvious when I meet someone new and I can see their eyes looking at it while we talk. It definitely makes me self conscious but I’m getting a little used to it, to be honest.
I’m hoping that with time, my neck scar will get better and I’m sure it will.
More updated pics:
3 months post surgery pic.
8 months post surgery pic.
I had to post an updated pic because it’s been a while. 8 months post surgery and my scar is almost non existent now!!!! Since I moved to Charleston, a lot if my friends say that they never even knew I had a neck scar. I guess it’s healing great, it just took some time. I haven’t used any creams or anything regularly either. I tried Advanced Mederma Scar Cream for a couple of weeks and that may have helped a little but I wasn’t consistent with it. My scar is still there and I can see it but I’m so grateful on how it is starting to slowly disappear!!
Although I’m stuck with this crazy obvious scar for the rest of my life, I’m just so blessed and thankful to know I’m cancer free 🙂 I’d take a scar over cancer ANY day!
Just wanted to give you guys an update because I hate keeping anything from you guys!
Hopefully this may help someone who is researching what to expect post neck surgery or specifically a branchial cleft removal surgery. I searched for weeks upon weeks to find pictures of what the scar may look like, so I hope this is informative to someone, somewhere, some day!
Anyone have any tricks or home remedies to make scars look better or heal faster? Leave me a comment below!