Feb 09, 2013 - 10:11 pm
For those of you wondering where William Marshall is and for the newbies wondering who is William Marshall, let me first say that William is doing well.
On May 17, 2013 William will celebrate 11 years of being cancer free!!!
William was diagnosed Stage III (T3N1M0) back in 2002.
He went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. James D. Luketich, world renown pioneer of the Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy performed the surgery.
And (thanks to God) William is still here to tell his success story and to give hope to all those suffering with this dreaded disease.
But now, sadly, there has been a role reversal, William is now having to be the caregiver to his dear wife Loretta who is now the patient.
This past year around Thanksgiving (2012) Loretta was diagnosed with stage IV Peritoneal Carcinomatosis.
Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a term used to describe widespread metastases of cancerous tumors in the peritoneal cavity.
The peritoneal cavity is the fluid-filled gap between the wall of the abdomen and the organs contained within the abdomen.
The peritoneal cavity contains the pelvis, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, liver and the intestines. The fluid contained in the peritoneal cavity exists to lubricate, or reduce wear and tear, the tissues and organs in the abdomen during digestion. It contains anti-inflammatory properties such as antibodies, white blood cells and electrolytes. This is just some information I looked up online.
Loretta is now undergoing chemo treatments which consist of Taxol/Carboplatin. Although the treatments are going quite well she has had some scary moments.
Loretta is under the care of Dr. Paul Conkling their oncologist in Virginia beach. She has had a second opinion at UPMC and is under the treatment of Drs. Bartlett and Edwards there. After she completes her chemo treatments she will have another exploratory surgery. If the chemo has been as effective as we all hope it to be then some “debulking” surgery can be performed. It will not be considered a cure, but this would hopefully give Loretta some time of remission.
I am deeply concerned for my dear friends, William and Loretta, as I'm sure many of you are now that you know what is going on. So please keep them in your prayers.
I would never have posted this without their consent but they have given me their approval to post this here.
They have helped so many through the years trying to inform and give the best possible advice and information through their much extensive research and of course their own personal experience with esophageal cancer.
When I first came to this board I was so lost and knew nothing of this horrible cancer but thanks to many on this board and especially to William and Loretta for taking me under their wings and for helping me to understand what we were in for with my dear brother who was diagnosed stage IV esophageal cancer in 2010 but who is now with his Lord and Savior in his Heavenly Home. My brother moved into his Heavenly Home November the 8th 2012 after battling this disease for over 27 months.
William and Loretta would like all to know that they are deeply pained that they can no longer be allowed here on this site because this has been their heart and soul for over 10 years.
They met many wonderful people here that was like family to them. They still pray for you all.
For some unknown reason they were banned but it seems some took offense in the mention of God.
To me this is so sad because for those of us who believe in God we must give credit to Him for keeping us daily and giving us strength to face the things this life throws our way. For we know without Him we could never make it on our own.
I do know how to get in touch with William and Loretta if anyone would like to speak to them and are in need of help in dealing with esophageal cancer, they also try to post on the EsophagealCancerFighters.com site but are limited because of Loretta's condition, but please above all else pray for these dear people.
They gave so much to others and now they need us, to uphold them in prayer and in our thoughts and words of encouragement.
Thank you for allowing me to post this.
May God bless you all!!!
Please feel free to view a video I made in honor of my dear brother. He is singing on the video. Please click this link.