I just got the bad news that I have EC on 9-14-12.
Had Upper GI with bi-opsy 9-11-12
CT scan 9-13-12
I am scheduled for ultra sound endoscopy for 9-25-12
My Gastroenterologist did not know what stage I am at yet.
I am 50 years young and this news sucks!
I am a smoker which I am sure is the cause. Acohol free since 1989.
I work as a Land Survey Crew Chief and I am somewhat fit as my work can be strenuous with lots of walking in the great outdoors. I am the type that only went to doctor only when I got the flue or bad cold which was not very often.
So here I am learning everything I can on EC and what I have ahead of me.
All the success stories I have read here and other fourms are very ecourging and I am hoping for the best.
I am single with no kids and only have my 76 year old mother as a care giver and she has all kinds of her own medical problems and won’t be able to do much. I have been her care giver through several issues in past years.
My employer so far has been very supportive. I do have insurance questions and concerns and need someone to help me with understanding that. I need guidance and encouragement on what I need to prepare myself for mentaly and emotionaly.
I am actually going back to work this week and plan on working till I can't anylonger.
So as of now the jury is out on what stage i am at. My swallowing is ok off an on I just got to go slow when eating. The heart burn / chest pains have been getting more anoying and moving from one place to another. Other than the above I feel great!
How do you quit smoking during this high stress emotional time? I have quit 10 times since I got the news.
I will be back with updates.
I am in Central Indiana, so anyone with leads on a good medical team please let me know.