My name is Barrie and I am caregiver for my husband who was DX in Feb of 2011 as Stage 3b. We are at M D Anderson in Houston. He had chemo/proton radiation, then the big Ivor Lewis surgery in Sept of 2011. He is 74 and was released from the hospital on the 4th day. Learning to eat again was perhaps his hardest challenge. This Spring of 2012 a small tumor appeared on one of his Adrenal Glands which made him Stage IV and he repeated chemo/proton radiation again. We go back in Oct. to repeat testing and see where we are. He played golf this morning, never complains, says he feels fine, and says, "God will call me when He is ready and I am not going to worry about it.". His attitude is awesome and amazing . He eats whatever he wants, maintaining about 170 lbs for a year. He lost 70 lbs the first year but now seems stable. He drinks one glass of red wine everyday (from Louisiana) and believes in eating lots of Asperagus and berries. He has done no research on his own, (I try), he simply enjoys his family, goes to Lowes everyday , loves to fix things around the house and watches many old movies. He goes to church and lights candles and prays for many friends who also have cancer now. We have done some traveling within the US and he walks the mall with me. Exercise is important!
I am above and beyond impressed with this board....the best I ever found... You all inspire me with your knowledge and the quick way you so generously offer help to others and I know how comforting that can be. My heart goes out to each of you, patients and caregivers. I lay my hand on top of my screen and pray for individual needs every day. Thank you for sharing your stories and may you each have many,many more good days, never give up hope, and know you do not walk alone.