About this Blog

Hi my name is Dan.

MY STORY

If you have just been told that you have cancer, that is bad enough, if you have been told you will lose a facial feature, and be disfigured then I have been there.

This blog site starts with my story from the first symptoms, to diagnosis and then pretty much every surgery since.

Finding out that you are going to be a Dad on the same day you are shown a  picture of a huge tumour growing behind your face is something most of the planet will never encounter, it happened to me!

I could never imagine what a journey this life changing condition would set into motion. I have tried to make it informative and entertaining. Here you will read and see pictures of  specific plastic surgery procedures, and my opinions and experience.

Start by reading from the beginning by clicking here

If you are affected by cancer, especially facial, and you are worried, or have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in to touch, I am here, and have written this for you.

I run a group on Facebook. It is a closed group and is a great place to share your story, get advice and support from fellow sufferers and survivors. Search for “lets face it facial cancer and disfigurement friends”

New for 2017

The Daniel Jackson Foundation 

I am crowdfunding for a new charity based in the UK. I believe that not enough is done to help people affected by cancer, and I am raising money to give direct help, support or something to look forward to  Every penny donated will go direct to a great cause, I take nothing for myself.

PLEASE DONATE

YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT THEDANIELJACKSONFOUNDATION@GMAIL.COM

I am an ambassador for the major charities that deal with facial cancer, disfigurement and research.

 

LETS FACE IT

I am an ambassador to the fantastic charity Lets Face It who specialise in the support of people and families that have had the horror of facial disfigurement and head and neck cancer. I work closely with Christine Piff the CEO to help people find us and give them the support and information they need.

CHANGING FACES

We aim to transform public attitudes towards people with an unusual appearance. Our goal is ‘face equality’ and we promote  fair treatment and equal opportunities for all, irrespective of how they look. We campaign for social change: lobbying for integrated health services; influencing schools and workplaces to create more inclusive environments; and pushing for anti-discrimination protection and enforcement.

THE SCAR FREE FOUNDATION

The Scar Free Foundation is a UK charity dedicated to leading transformational research into scarring and raising the money to fund that research. “We believe we can achieve scar free healing within our lifetime”

Dan is an ambassador for the charity “To be an object of interest can be hard to deal with. Just raising awareness of scarring and disfigurement would be a major breakthrough. Very often in the media, in films, on TV, disfigured or scarred people are portrayed as ‘scary’. I think it’s time for that to change. Scar free to me is an incredibly powerful statement. It says that a child might be able to undergo surgery, and then not have to feel sad when they look in the mirror. It says that they’ll be able to have the confidence that any young child should have. I think that’s a beautiful idea.”

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6 comments

  1. Wow, so similar to our story! It’s the first I have seen where someone else developed the “new” hole in their face after the fact! Happy to see how well you are doing, gives us more hope than ever! Thank you.

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    • Hi monique,
      Thanks for commenting, hope you are well. I’ve now had the hole filled up, have you? I should be able to release this procedure onto the blog next month when it gets shown on tv in England…

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  2. Hi Dan
    I have just watched Embarrassing Bodies. It was like a flashback to the past 7 years of my life and brought back so many memories (as many good as bad) that I just had to contact you. I had an eye cancer, underwent the exenteration and had the nose/socket communication (sneezing and snot flying out of your ‘hole’ etc), radiotherapy etc, and had an unsuccessful graft from the top of the skull before a two-stage forehead flap. I have a very similar philosophy in that i love my scars, and am just relieved to be cancer-free and not have a hole in my head any more. I think I might be able to help you with better eyepatches. My mum managed to create something amazing and she even made a special one for my wedding day. I would love to talk to you – I’ve never met anyone who has had such a similar experience! My email is ithinknot10@hotmail.com and I am on Facebook.
    Best wishes to you and your family
    Anna Rowley

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  3. What an easy and descriptive piece of writing! Of course, it was not easy for you to write everything down (I know it from my own experience). I am sure that many people in this world had or having the similar experiences, but all of us are so different! By writing and many of your deeds in helping others you have demonstrated to some of us that we should not crawl into the corners or hide behind the doors, but face it with a smile….

    Sincerely Natasha Reid

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