Sep 25, 2012 - 2:26 pm
After my skull met this spring and the tumor recurring in my remnant esoph and in lymph nodes in my neck Fox Chase has given me the impression that they feel nothing more can be done for me. They said "The Cat's Out of the Bag" and let's just see how you do on the chemo. So I have been feeling that my luck had run out and we can only prolong the inevitable.
Though this may be the case I have some renewed hope and a more positive outlook as of yesterday!
1. I am taking chemo again, so it is killing cancer cells, which is a psychological boost.
2. My new friend Pastor Chuck stopped in to pray with me and spoke with me for about an hour, lifting my spirits.
3. I contacted the U of Pitt which I have learned from this site is one of the top places for EC, and where they are said to work wonders with esophageal cancer, even with late stages. Their surgeon specializes in EC. The lady sounded positive on the phone and is receiving all my records to preview my case to work with me. It sounds like they are much less dismissive than other places have been lately, and that they are willing to fight for the patient who wants to continue to fight the good fightI
4. This fills me with renewed faith and an extra positive outlook, which had nearly extinguished in me.
5. I am researching an alternative medicine purported to kill cancer cells, and should I need to try this I will do so.
These developments all came in just when I was feeling I had run out of luck and out of options. I have to wonder if I am just deluding myself about a cure at this point, but the way I see it, that can't hurt me but only aids my positive attitude, which has sustained me I believe more than anthing else, for nearly three years now.
I am a recovering alcoholic with 25 years clean and sober. I have some experiece with faith and pulling a rabbit out of a hat when it comes to slim 'miracle' cures. I have been using most of the same tools I used for alcoholism/addiction recovery with my esophageal cancer ordeal. I am surviving now and working my way toward a few clean PET scans.
It seems I have been moving along an arc receiving the help I need just in the time they are ready with it. A case in point is that my doctor said of my esophajectomy, that they would not have even tried it 15 or 20 years ago. They also curt out half my stomach and pulled it up into my chest. This procedure has bought me a few years, so that I may try other treatments to keep going. May the timing continue to be on my sideI
Best wishes to all,
Mitch Coombs, mccoomb