May 01, 2012 - 5:31 pm
Hello all, this is my first post. I am so moved by the posts I have read -- your stories of battling this terrible disease, and struggling with caring for loved ones who suffer from it. Here's my story: I'm a 49 year old female, married, with two kids (ages 15 and 9). Last June, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. I was a very fit and healthy woman, a long distance runner, so this diagnosis was shocking and very surreal. I immediately underwent chemotherapy and radiation, then this past September, I had a minimally invasive esophajectomy, and 17 lymph nodes removed. I am recovering from the surgery, with the most difficult physically being getting used to a new digestive physiology that has decreased my quality of life. But I don't mean to sound ungrateful -- I am so thankful for each day I now have. As the doctors like to say nowadays, there is "no sign of disease." I am optimistic and hopeful that I can live many, many more years and see my children grow to adults, but realistically, who knows. I am looking for survivors who are beating the odds. Are you out there? How long have you been cancer-free? Can you offer some real hope to me? Blessings to each of you.