Diagnosed with Barett's Esophagus in december 2014. Endoscopy following "Halo Treatment" for Barrett's revealed Stage 2 malignancy on February 26th, 2015. I underwent 5 weeks of Radiation (25 Treatments) along with 5 chemotherapy treatments simu;ltaneous;y on a one a week interval. Took 6 weeks off to regain my health and then underwent Esophagectomy on July 20th. Releassed from hospital on August 1st. Considering everything that could have gone wrong, my recovery has been remaekble and I am now cancer free.
I am a retired systems programmer (2003) who planned on settling in MS on my wife's (Patricia) family homestead. We both worked at the University of Kansas starting in 1970. We discovered she had primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in 1978 and in 1995 she had a liver transplant at KUMED with a roux-en-y biliary connnection to the small intestine. We made it through the next 20 years until her "new" liver started failing in Jan 2014. I was a normal (but active) diabetic old man until then and I have been her caregiver for the last two years.
Today I was blessed with a new grandson. He is a beautiful reminder that miracles do happen. Even when our circumstances in life seem overwhelming, there are these special moments that lift us up and keep us going. Today a small newborn brought peace to all those around him.