There are many cases where people are unaware for years that they have serious health issues until they undergo some analysis or visit a doctor. Such was the case with a woman who was given a diagnosis of stage four cancer and had to undergo surgery to have it removed and also have a life-saving transplant of an organ.
But the woman was completely taken aback when she noticed that her transplanted organ had started to grow hair.
Some time after the transplant, Cameron noticed hair in her mouth while eating and attempted to get it out, but quickly became aware that hair was sprouting out of her tongue.
“It was just completely covered in leg hair, like it would be on your forearm or your thigh,” she said.
After discovering a tumor on her tongue, doctors determined that her cancer had progressed to stage four. She said that she was unaware that she had the disease “for the first two years.”
She required surgery, during which muscle and skin were removed from her thigh and used to reconstruct her tongue. As a result, her tongue began to grow hair.
“Which no one told me it was going to do, which I feel like is kind of important,” she said.
Cameron requested an explanation from the medical staff at her next appointment when she asked about the reason her new tongue was growing hair. To her relief, Cameron quickly got over her first shock after being told by her doctors that radiation would “burn it off,” leaving her with a hairless tongue.
Cameron described what life has been like for her since she received her new tongue as a result of her treatment for cancer.
“I cannot taste anything on my new side, but I can taste everything on my normal side, so… you know, mostly taste comes from your nose anyways. I can’t feel a single thing, I can’t… it reverberates from this side [the ‘normal’ side] like, if I brush my tongue with, like, an electric toothbrush, I can feel it vibrating on the other side, like a tremor. But if I were to, let’s say, eat something really hot, I can burn my skin on that side, which I did so many times when I first started eating because I can’t feel it,” Cameron added.
Cameron reported that she regularly woke up with blisters on the transplanted side of her tongue because she couldn’t feel when her meal was too hot.
Cameron had to see a physical therapist as part of her treatment because she couldn’t open her mouth wider than one finger. Most people can open their mouths to the width of three fingers, but Cameron couldn’t.