Jun 25, 2012 - 8:21 pm
I joined earlier this month and have been following many of your journeys and I can't even begin to express how grateful I am to have all of you "out there" so very willing to share both your own personal stories as well as your knowledge.
I am a 47 year old woman (I was diagnosed at 46) who has never smoked and up until 9/29/11 was in excellent health. After experiencing some trouble swallowing and odd sensations in my upper back I was diagnosed with Squamous Type EC of the upper esophagus. An endoscopic ultrasound showed that the tumor had just barely penetrated the esophagus and a few lymph nodes looked compromised. I was comforted when told that at that stage it was operable and curable. I underwent five weeks of daily radiation and chemo one a week. On 1/10/12 I had Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy performed at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston by Dr. Raphael Bueno M.D.. I was hospitalized for 14 days. Now, almost six months post surgery, I am able to take 3-6 mile brisk walks with my dog and am starting to feel like myself again. Most days I feel great. Others, I can't get out of my own way.
I have two questions: 1) do any of you have issues with a cough? It has gotten better as time has passed but still exists
Lastly, since my surgery, I have had 7 esophageal dilations. My esophagus begins to close up. For the first four I had to travel back to Boston so that my surgeon could perform them (I live in NH) now I have them done at my local hospital which is much more convenient.
I know this very lengthy and I apologize but I truly would appreciate any advice or input. Thank you and God Bless!