Pimples. Blemishes. Zits. Spots. We call them by different names, but the result is the same. Everyone battles acne at one time or another. It’s part of the process of growing up, our biological changes having actual effects on our mind and bodies. Of course, we can miss more dangerous signs when it comes to our skin. Not every mark is a white head or blackhead. In fact, they could be something deadly.
This Was Marisha Before Cancer
When Marisha Dotson showed up to a local health service with something on the end of her nose, the staff there dismissed it as a mere pimple. They sent her home, telling her to treat it like you would any other acne. But when the bump got bigger, and she started feeling bad, she sought the advice of a dermatologist. It was there where she got the devastating news. Marisha had an aggressive form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.
And This Was Her Afterward
Immediately rushed to the hospital, a 15 hour operation resulted in the 28-year-old losing most of her nose Surgeons also discovered that the disease has spread. In the end, she lost two-thirds of her nose. She underwent a complicated reconstruction procedure to give her back her face. Then more cancer cells appeared. On her cheek. On her newly recreated nose. Marisha was devastated, but she was also determined to fight.
Now She Has To Wear A Prosthetic To Eat And Talk
It took over 30 operations, resulting in the loss of some of her jawline and several teeth, but now she’s completely cancer free. Marisha requires a mouth appliance to talk and eat, but that’s a small price to pay for being alive. In an interview, she detailed her struggle:
“I still feel sad sometimes but I always remind myself of what I’ve overcome, I had the choice from surgeons to keep fighting or give up and die, but I chose to fight.
I try really hard to be positive and even though I’m cancer free now, I’ve had to sacrifice a lot to get to this point.”
She is currently raising money to pay off her medical bills and to get a permanent mouth implant.