I have been around a bout a week reading all of your post's and gaining a lot of information
which has really helped me. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you,and your families. All of your stories are so much worse than mine. I just wish more people had more knowledg of Esophageal Cancer so there would maybe be more like me. I was diagnossed 6 yrs ago with Barrets Esophagus. As a result I had Fundoplycation surgery. So I thought it took care of my refux of which I thought I was having none. Just the same old sinus drainage ( Why don't they tell you this is also reflux)????? Two yrs later had Endoscopy done came back fine. In Oct 2009 had colonoscopy done and Endoscopy done. Was kind of worried about colon oscopy because there was a polyp but that was fine. But when my Gi Dr told me my Barretts was High Grade. I was very confused.
But he told me I was lucky most people are not caught this early. So I proceeded to see a wonderful Thorasic Surgeon had ultrasound endoscopy done to comfirm High Grade Barretts. Had
Pet Scan done to make sure there was no cancer.But were not 100% sure until they went in for the Surgery. So scared on death on Dec 10th 2010 on my 33rd Wedding Anniversery I had an Esophagectomy done.I had my entire Esophagus replaced with half of my stomach.The Barrett's was at the top of my esophagus. Which was due to sinus reflux. Was in ICU for 2 days hospital for 5 begged to go home. Went home with feeding tube but was removed 1 wk later.I went back to work after 6 wks and I think I am doing pretty well having some eating sleeping and getting used to all the different pains your body can come up with after this Surgey.I just hope more awareness of this disease get's out there.And to Thank you all for your information Oh I am 56yrs old, Mother of three and Grandmother to 2 wonderful little boy's.Being a Grandmother is one of the best thing's in the world and I am blessed that I am able to enjoy them