Welcome, reader(s)! Today, as promised, I'll be discussing my medical issues, which were most prominent back during high school. Buckle in, cause it's a long story!
I covered my thoughts on high school in general in the last post. But, I realized that I failed to mention that I was an alcoholic for my last two years before graduation. Before I get put into a stereotype, no, I didn't drink because it was fun, and I certainly wasn't pressured into it, as most of my drinking was done alone. I drank to forget, and here's why:
It was junior year of high school. I hadn't been to the dentist in roughly 4 years, and my parent decided that I was way past due for a cleaning. So I went during the afternoon, to a college dental program- because it was free, apparently. The cleaning itself went well, but they found a lump in my jaw that could be felt through my cheek. I had noticed it before then, but hadn't thought anything of it. They decided to do some X-rays, and that's where my story begins.
As it turns out, the lump was actually a cyst in my jaw. The X-rays also found two more: one in the center of my lower jaw, and one up in my right sinus. My dad knew an excellent oral surgeon, so I met with him and we all decided that I should have surgery to essentially see what we were really dealing with. The surgery went well, but the surgeon found that the cysts, while too large to operate on at the time, were both benign and special. The types of cysts that were in my head only really materialized for certain people. My dad brought me to a geneticist for some tests, and after a while, they found exactly what was wrong with me.
Nevoid basal-cell carcinoma syndrome, more commonly known as "Gorlin-Goltz" Syndrome,
was evidently my issue. It is an uncommon syndrome, and not many people have even heard of it. There are lots of possible symptoms for it, and I was lucky enough to not have all of them. For now, my symptoms include:
- Far greater chance of developing cysts in my body compared to other people.
- Far greater physical reaction to sunlight (I get a certain type of skin cancer very easily)
- Abnormal height compared to others (I've been over 6 feet tall for 7 years)
- Children I have will have 80% chance of dying within a year, or may be severely disabled.
While these may seem harsh, I got off easy compared to some other people who have the same syndrome. The majority of people who have it are mentally or physically impaired, if they live past childhood. My only symptom until the cysts were discovered was my abnormal height, so I consider myself relatively lucky. Anyways, the cysts were shrunken, mostly by the oral surgeon injecting a syringe of saline into my mouth and flushing each cyst multiple times a week. I won't go into detail of it, but it was traumatic, and was part of the reason I drank. The other reason was knowing I had the syndrome. The second surgery, where the cysts were removed, went well too. I started visiting a dermatologist to check for skin cancer while all this was going on. During my junior year, I had three spots of skin cancer removed. Senior year, there were two.
So that is why my sponsor name on here, as well as my gamertag on Xbox, is Gorlin Goltz. My syndrome doesn't define me, and I do not let it effect my quality of life, but it is still something I have to live with. I suppose I could use my gamertag to raise awareness for the syndrome, or something along those lines, but I do not believe that would change things.
So that's my story! I'll have to think of what to talk about for my third entree.
Maybe my horrible love life? Probably!