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[ Story 1 - Jeff Pittman, 18 ]
[ Story 2 - Ronald ]
[ Story 3 - Lisa G. ]
[ Story 4 - Kathy M. ]
[ Story 5 - Jacob, 7 ]
[ Story 6 - Miranda ]
[ Story 7 - Mason ]
[ Story 8 - Kim D. ]
[ Story 9 - Tiffany ]
[ Story 10 - Samantha B. ]
[ Story 11 - Elizabeth ]
[ Story 12 - Erin H. ]
[ Story 13 - Sandy J. ]
[ Story 14 - Danielle ]
[ Story 15 - Micheal ]
[ Story 16 - Janice ]
[ Story 17 - Kari ]
[ Story 18 - Audrey ]
[ Story 19 - Vinny ]
[ Story 20 - Angie & Cody ]
[ Story 21 - Dave, 39 ]
[ Story 22 - David, 53 ]
[ Story 23 - Jason W, 18 ]
[ Story 24 - Kayla S, 23 ]
[ Story 25 - Melissa C., 35 ]
[ Story 26 - Matt K, 21 ]
[ Story 27 - Patricia N ]
[ Story 28 - Alan B, 19 ]
[ Story 29 - Jonathan, 20 ]
[ Story 30 - Joel M, 38 ]
[ Story 31 - Jacki C, 21 ]
[ Story 32 - Elizabeth Oliver, 61 ]
[ Story 33 - Ryan T, 24 ]
[ Story 34 - Carolyn S, 55 ]
[ Story 35 - Lisa A, 26 ]
[ Story 36 - Steve M, 33 ]
[ Story 37 - Melissa M, 40 ]
[ Story 38 - Adam V, 20 ]
[ Story 39 - Michele C, 28 ]
[ Story 40 - Kevin Davidson, 55 ]
[ Story 41 - Kelsea F., 14 ]
[ Story 42 - Michele M, 62 ]
[ Story 43 - Cherie H, 30 ]
[ Story 44 - Cheryl York ]
[ Story 45 - Leslie B ]
[ Story 46 - Elisha D, 16 ]
[ Story 47 - Ashley M, 22 ]
[ Story 48 - Ryan L, 17 ]
[ Story 49 - Robert H, 50 ]
[ Story 50 - Jame M, 28 ]
[ Story 51 - Sally B ]
[ Story 52 - Mike Coleman, 18 ]
[ Story 53 - Luz R, 44 ]
[ Story 54 - Mela C, 46 ]
[ Story 55 - Tyler S, 19 ]
[ Story 56 - Matt Marsteller, 46 ]
[ Story 57 - Emma-Louise M, 13 ]
[ Story 58 - Steffanie E., 49 ]
[ Story 59 - Umi H, 20 ]
[ Story 60 - Pam M, 44 ]
[ Story 61 - Lorna P, 41 ]
[ Story 62 - Kerri M, 31 ]
[ Story 63 - Bev I, 35 ]
[ Story 64 - Angela H, 17 ]
[ Story 65 - Curtis H, 32 ]
[ Story 66 - Georiga K-H, 17 ]
[ Story 67 - Kara, 21 ]
[ Story 68 - Hanes B, 8 ]
[ Story 69 - Nikki C, 15 ]
[ Story 70 - Amanda O, 21 ]
[ Story 71 - Leah S, 23 ]
[ Story 72 - Carol F, 43 ]
[ Story 73 - Kira H, 16 ]
[ Story 74 - Deborah G, 54 ]
[ Story 75 - Ollie F, 54 ]
[ Story 76 - Erik N, 23 ]
[ Story 77 - Rus W, 43 ]
[ Story 78 - Arlene U, 30 ]
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[ Story 81 - Melaine B, 20 ]
[ Story 82 - Tim S, 26 ]
[ Story 83 - Steven M, 28 ]
[ Story 84 - Paul R, 24 ]
[ Story 85 - Jonathan V, 15 ]
[ Story 86 - Allison S, 21 ]
[ Story 87 - Mark S, 49 ]
[ Story 88 - Rita B, 59 ]
[ Story 89 - Chris K, 27 ]
[ Story 90 - Gary L, 58 ]
[ Story 91 - Brendon W, 15 ]
[ Story 92 - Rich J ]
[ Story 93 - Kalli B, 15 ]
[ Story 94 - Eliza B, 26 ]
[ Story 95 - J.C. Main, 23 ]
[ Story 96 - Kristine P ]
[ Story 97 - Catalin F, 30 ]
[ Story 98 - Nell Canton ]

Audrey

My surgery for removal of cholesteatoma was a surprise. Not in such that operation but the actual discovery that this was what was wrong with me. I had suffered ear problems for about four years prior. When finally admitted to the hospital I was of the impression I had a condition described by my son's ENT as "glue ear". I expected to have maybe two stitches and simply have my eustachian tube cleaned out! When I awoke from the op and spoke to the specialist it was the first I had ever heard of cholesteatoma. To explain further...I was visiting an ENT with my son who was suffering with repeated infections of both ears. He was 2 years old then. We lived in a tropical city (Australia) Darwin. It was not uncommon for children to have ear infections with all the swimming and humidity. I had been suffering ear problems myself. Although having it syringed and treatment with antibiotics it never seemed to clear. I also felt like it was blocked and had started experiencing hearing loss. I worked on a switchboard & it was becoming quite obvious. Anyway, during one visit with my son to the ENT I mentioned my problem. He looked in my ear and said "My God you have glue ear!" (apparently what my son had...blocked tubes). He referred me to have a CT scan which apparently showed nothing but he recommended surgery to explore. This I took as meaning it was not serious and actually did not bother about seeking an operation for three years later. My husband and I had moved twice due to changes in his employment, so we arrived in Broome (Western Australia) which is a small town on the north coast. Specialists visit every three months from the city and appointments sometimes take six months. I eventually was given an appointment and on examination admitted for what I thought was to be draining of my eustachian tubes...i.e. fixing the "glue ear"! As I said earlier this was not the case. I awoke with bandages around my head and the worst headache of my life!! They had discovered the cholesteatoma and my operation had lasted four hours. Due to the extent of the damage my ear drum and bones had all been destroyed.. and removed. They also "drilled" my mastoid to clear any sign of infection. The "tumor" was as big as a man's thumb (specialist's description)...I didn't get to take it home in a jar!! Well, that was almost 8 years ago now. I have since had a second op to insert prosthesis (plastic bones) and of course check for further infection. During my first op they enlarged my ear cavity so as to allow "easy access" for further ops. My third op was just a check up again for any sign of infection. My fourth coming up soon to try again with some bones as the previous one was unsuccessful. I am not concerned as I am now aware I have to keep a check on this for the rest of my life. If I regain any hearing it will be a bonus. I miss swimming under water as I find now my balance is zilch and go into a complete spin when submerged! I have tried a hearing aide which was really a microphone on my left ear leading sound to my right. I found this uncomfortable and the cord between both ears was a pain! Kept getting unhooked. So now I find the best advantage of all this is...if I sleep on my "good ear" not much can wake me!!! On another note my son continued to have ear problems...grommets twice, myringoplasty on both ears twice, and finally this year should have a C tube removed from his right ear. Amazingly his hearing is OK. I also keep a careful eye on him and I will mention the doctors have NEVER even mentioned that he could develop C-toma. I know he could and pray he never will. My father also suffered ear problems but as far as I am aware was never diagnosed as cholesteatoma. So having said all that!!! I wish you all well and would be happy to share more with anyone. I find it can be a "lonely" disease as nobody really understands. I have been through times of severe pain since the ops...pain like a knife in my head through my ear...but no sign of infection. The latest treatment they have tried is anti-inflammatory drugs as they say I have arthritis in my jaw! (not from talking) and this in turn causes pain to my ear. It seems to be working. Well, take care and stay positive...at least we are all here to tell the story!