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WHNCD: sick dad who can’t eat goes viral on tiktok for selfless act

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Watched almost 8 million times on tiktok, Andrew Coles, a survivor of head and neck cancer makes his daughter her favourite dinner – even though he has no ability to eat or swallow any food or liquid

On World Head and Neck Cancer Day, his daughter and news reporter, helps spread the message with his heartbreaking story.

This video has been watched on tiktok almost 8 million times, bringing the total viewing to almost 25,000 hours.

Andrew Coles, a survivor of head and neck cancer makes his daughter her favourite dinner, which is roast salmon and veggies.

The heart felt clip is flooded with comments, hundreds of thousands of people, touched by Andy’s selfless gesture to cook a meal when he can’t eat or drink at all.

TikTok helps millions learn about head and neck cancer

Over 18 million people are huge fans of my dad on tiktok, with my page turning into a dedicated feed of videos to spread awareness.

Meet Andy – hasn’t eaten since 2020 and can not swallow food, liquid or even his own saliva

When looking at pictures from my 21st birthday, I never have imagined how a small detail in a happy snap would lead to a shock diagnosis that would change my family forever.

Detail in old birthday photo leads to heartbreaking diagnosis

My family noticed the lump on dad’s neck while looking at 21st photos. 

In April 2019, my dad was working as a logistics manager in Melbourne when he started feeling fatigued and complaining of a sore throat, as well as noticing a lump on the left-hand side of his neck.

Initially dismissed as a symptom of being run down, then 57-year-old continued to work until he almost passed out when driving me to work one day.

At the hospital, doctors ran tests and discovered the lump in his neck was in fact a tumour; diagnosing him with stage four tonsil and tongue cancer, which is a form of throat cancer.

ANDREW COLES

The Radiation to treat his head and neck cancer was so severe, that it left dad with a rare airways disease. It means he can no longer eat or swallow food orally, taking away one of life’s greatest pleasures… eating food.

The disease he has is called Supraglottic Stenosis, and since the end of his radiation for throat and tonsil cancer, dad has had 7 emergency surgeries, including 3 tracheotomy’s.

Cancer of the head and neck has left him with an airways disability and now the fight is to explore surgeries and treatment to walk more than 20 metres, swallow through his mouth and have some quality of life back.

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Through tiktok, over 18 million people have watched how my dad eat through a tube in his belly, day in my life caring for my sick dad after surgeries and of course… the most famous cooking videos (with an occasional tiktok dance on the feed)

A go fund me linked in my tiktok bio has raised over 17 thousand dollars in generous donations towards dad’s medical bills, thanks to the reach received on tiktok.

World Head and Neck Cancer Day

What is Head and Neck Cancer and why is it different? Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) is not just one type of cancer, it includes more than 10 different cancers that can affect a person’s mouth, tongue, throat, salivary glands, skin or voice box.

The treatment for HNC can be brutal as it affects a person’s identify unlike any other cancer. It can leave a person unable to speak, with devastating facial disfigurements and take away basic abilities that we take for granted like eating, breathing, speaking, drinking and swallowing.

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Today we reflect and show our support for the 650,000 people who are diagnosed with HNC around the world every year, including over 5,100 Australians. 

Tens of thousands are living with side effects, just like my dad.

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Men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer and 60 per cent of oral cancers are advanced by the time they are detected.

My dad has never smoked. However, human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of around 70 per cent of oropharyngeal cancers.

These types of cancers occur in the tonsils and base of tongue.

It is estimated 700 Australians will be diagnosed with an oropharyngeal cancer this year, and around 490 of these cases will have been caused by HPV.

What are the symptoms?

There is no screening for Head and Neck Cancer: Early detection is key. 

Head and Neck Cancer Australia say the following signs and symptoms are common for many types of head and neck cancer. Sometimes people do not have any signs or symptoms and sometimes the same symptoms can be caused by other things. 

Important groups and charities like Head and Neck Cancer Australia exist to provide vital resources that educate, empower and engage HNC patients and their families and to raise awareness about HNC nationally. You can support them here

Head and Neck Cancer Australia is the only Australian charity dedicated to providing education and support to people living with HNC. It was founded by a team of leading clinicians who saw first-hand the profound impact of head and neck cancer and were passionate about driving change.

HNC Facts

  • There has been a 34% increase in Head and Neck Cancer in the last 10 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are disproportionately impacted with a 30% gap in survival rates compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
  • 70% of tonsil and base tongue cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus.
  • There has been a 385% increase in tongue cancer for otherwise healthy young women. 
  • Men are three times more likely than women to be diagnosed
  • Three Australians are diagnosed with mouth cancer (oral) every day.
  • 60% of oral cancers are advanced by the time they are detected.
  • The economic cost of HNC is twice that of breast cancer.

The power of a post

If it wasn’t for tiktok, millions wouldn’t know anything about this type of cancer.

@banne_8

Reply to @iirealebony how dad eats and what the doctors told us today! Staying hopeful despite odds ❤️ #fyp #foryou #askme #qanda #love #dad #cancerfighter #cancerawareness #feedingtube #disability #disabilityawareness #foodie #whatieat #pov #dinner #caregiver

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VIDEO ON HOW DAD EATS WITH A FEEDING TUBE

My dad and I are determined to raise awareness and give hope to others going through a similar journey.

I encourage you to share cancer awareness tiktoks, posts, facebook support groups, and stories that you engage with to help families like mine on World Head and Neck Cancer Day.

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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans

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A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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A police officer quits the force, after setting up her own porn site

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A police officer describing herself “Officer Naughty” has quit the force, after setting up her own porn site.

Constable Sam Helena was suspended after an Only Fans page went viral.

She calls herself a “good girl gone bad” and has previously faced disciplinary action for sharing raunchy videos of herself.

One clip shows the officer in a navy blue corset with a police badge. But the force believes her behaviour had brought the organisation into disrepute.

A Met Police spokeswoman says it is investigating the behaviour.

It’s understood Commissioner Mark Rowley has vowed to clamp down on misconduct and misogyny in the force.

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Box Office disaster for Disney

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The results from the all-important Thanksgiving Box Office sales are in.

This year’s Thanksgiving movies proved to be a feast and famine for Walt Disney.

While “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” added $64 million to its domestic tally during the five-day time frame, Disney’s latest animated feature “Strange World” failed to lure in moviegoers, generating just $18.6 million.

That is the worst three-day opening for a Disney animated feature since 2000′s “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

It comes as CEO Bob Iger returns to the helm of the company, promising to restructure Disney in a way that puts creativity at the forefront.

Thanksgiving week is an important time for studios at the box office, usually bringing in around $250 million in ticket sales each year.

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