BoiseB's Journey:

  1. 1 Decision Point Icon Decision Point
  2. 2 Radiation Icon Radiation
  3. 3 Drug or Chemo Therapy Icon Drug or Chemo Therapy
  4. 4 Side Effects Icon Side Effects
  5. 5 Procedure or Surgery Icon Procedure or Surgery
  6. 6 Oh No Icon Oh No
  7. 7 Celebration Icon Celebration
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  9. 9 Drug or Chemo Therapy Icon Drug or Chemo Therapy
  10. 10 Loss Icon Loss
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  12. 12 Procedure or Surgery Icon Procedure or Surgery
  13. 13 Oh No Icon Oh No
  14. 14 Celebration Icon Celebration
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  20. 20 Loss Icon Loss
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  32. 32 Procedure or Surgery Icon Procedure or Surgery
  33. 33 Milestones Icon Milestones
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  39. 39 Milestones Icon Milestones
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  41. 41 Procedure or Surgery Icon Procedure or Surgery
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Survivor: Esophagus (Esophageal) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 75

  1. 1
    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    over 4 years ago
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    To get a second opinion

    Decision Point

    I would have only sought a second opinion because my brother encouraged me. My nephew is a primary care doctor. One of his patients is an innovative expert in this kind of surgery

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had very painful mouth sores. My teeth are also falling out. I also found the need to be naked during treatment to be uncomfortable

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    • BoiseB
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was a new surgery done robotically

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • BoiseB
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    over 4 years ago
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    First diagnosis

    Oh No

    In retrospect, the day I was diagnosted with cancer was the best day of my life. Cancer was the best thing that happened to me. As I lost physical strength I gained spiritual strength

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    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    My first Birthday after begining treatment was two days after Easter my favorite holiday and the Holiday celebrating Rebirth. I began my celebration on Easter and I celebrated the entire week

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    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    I began treatment on my birthday. i have celebrated my first and second birthday since I began treatment. Birthdays I was not expected to celebrate.

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    • BoiseB
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    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo Brain was the worst of the side effects as it was the most devestating to me. Before cancer, I read 3-5 books a week. After two years I am just getting back my ability to read.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • BoiseB
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    about 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    I have recently acknowleged the loss of my driver's license. The doctor advised me to be tested to see if I was a save driver. Since I am prone to spontaneous choking it would be dangerous for me to drive.

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    The cancer has returned and Mteastasized to the overies

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a historectomy for Esophageal cancer that metastisized to the Uterus and Overies. It was complicated by blood clots and internal bleeding

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    I have been told that there is 100% probability that the cancer will return. In short it is incurable. I feel like I did during the "cold war" waiting for the bombs to drop

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    • BoiseB
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • BoiseB
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Easter 2013

    Celebration

    Easter is my favorite Holiday this year I got out of the hospital one week before Easter, I was able to celebrate Easter with my family. Since I was first diagnosed with cancer around Easter three years ago, and Easter is the celebration of life. I celebrated three years of life.

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    • BoiseB
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    Today is not only my Birthday (I am not going to reveal which one) but it also marks three years since I started treatment. I remember spending the entire day at the cancer center. While I was in the waiting room, I came across the American Cancer Society Ad that read "We Sponsor Birthdays" My mental response was "Yeh Right" Well here it is three years later. I want to say "Thank-you American Cancer Society for three Birthdays

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    • BoiseB
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    almost 4 years ago
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    I am alive

    Celebration

    Today I planted my third "Victory Garden" This year I just planted herbs but I included 'cancer fighting herbs'

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    • BoiseB
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    over 3 years ago
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    Advancing in Recovery

    Celebration

    Climbed up the hill. Two and a half mile hike. I could look out over the city

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    • BoiseB
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    over 3 years ago
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    Fourth of July 2013

    Celebration

    Celebrated by getting up at dawn and walking to the mountain and watching te sunrise.

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    • BoiseB
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    over 3 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My sister's beloved canine companion died of cancer on July 6. Even our furry companions cannot escape cancer.

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    • BoiseB
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    over 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Just noticed that I have been a member for a year this month. Thank you for all the help you have been

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    Happy Easter Victory Garden will be launched today

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    Celebrated my fourth/ first birthday Saturday. Four years ago on my birthday, I had my first encounter with the unfamous Dr. Doom. He pronounced such a horrendus future that my daughter passed out. Fast forward to last year. I went to the Gynecologist believing I had hurt myself or had at worst cysts but no I had cancer. OK I can deal with that but wait In walks Dr. Doom. It seems there are two cancers present and his cancer wins. Well I am celebrating my fourth birthday I wasn't supposed to have and I am NED :)

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    • BoiseB
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    over 2 years ago
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    Celebration

    Victory Garden IV 99% Complete

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    • BoiseB
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    over 2 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Clean scans!!!! NED The Dr. said I had better be thinking about who I will vote for in 2016 because I am gonna have to live with them. Bought a Boise Bronco Hat to where while tending my garden.

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    • BoiseB
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    over 2 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I was treated to Tea with Friends to celebrate being Cancer Free

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    • BoiseB
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    over 2 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    At this very hour 4 years ago today I woke up from a surgery that I almost believed I would not survive. As I look back I see how much the people have grown. Particularly my oncologist. He has gone from stamping expiration dates to actually studying this cancer.

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    • BoiseB
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    over 2 years ago
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    I have been a member of WhatNext for two years

    Celebration

    As of tomorrow, I will have been a member of WhatNext 2 years. When I joined WhatNext, I had been Cancer Free for two and a half years (half way to the magic 5 years).I had beat the odds and passed an expiration date. I had survived a new kind of surgery.Wow, I was on a roll, I could give sage advice. I would be the wise woman of the site, Well "Pride goeth before a fall" and only a few short months later I got another breed of cancer and you WhatNexters became my support. Now I think I am back to the advice giving stage. I also think I might state my oppinions a little too strongly. I just want to thank Greg and all WhatNexters for a wonderful two years THANK YOU

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    about 2 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Clean scans Cancar Free

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Five year survival I have become a statistic

    Celebration

    Today I have become a statistic you can see me here http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/esoph.html I am one of those little green persons on that chart. This is definitely worth more that a pint of Ben & Jerry's. I believe I shall go to the local Ice Cream Parlor for a Sundae, I hope they have Huckleberry. Tomorrow, I intend to spend an hour thanking the Lord.

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    This is my fifth birthday since I was diagnosed with EC. I began treatment five years ago today (not going to reveal how many chronological years I have :) I had been scheduled for an all-day series of appointments. All of which required me to state my name and date of birth. We had just seen the Radiation Oncologist, who had come into the examination room with a very long face. He asked the usual questions then looked at me and said happy birthday. At that point my daughter who had been tearing up, burst into tears. After that appointment we, were in the waiting room waiting to go to other appointments for x-rays blood tests and tattoos, I picked up a magazine to read and came across the American Cancer Society's ad "We sponsor Birthdays" I thought "Yeah Right" Well I am here today and CANCER FREE

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    over 1 year ago
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    endoscopy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an endoscopy to check out some issues thank God the issues were not cancer. My esophagus (what's left of it) had become tight around the area where the stomach meets the esophagus probably caused by acid reflux. It seems that this will be a procedure I will probably need every other year. The gastroenterologist prescribed a medication a little stronger than Zantec and a whole lot cheaper. Since the procedure was in the late afternoon I didn't come out of sedation until nearly 6 o'clock. I spent most of yesterday in La La land or sleeping. I haven't had as good a rest in months. Think I'll have a La La land vacation once a. I don't need sedation to retreat to La La land just an excuse.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • BoiseB
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    over 1 year ago
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    Milestones

    Cancer Free exam

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    • BoiseB
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    over 1 year ago
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    Bi-annual endoscopy. I had an endoscopy to widen my throat.

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am very pleased with the results, I am no longer choking every 2 or three days. The Dr. who did the endoscopy found no tumors. She prescribed an antacid which is more powerful than the OTC ones and MUCH cheaper. She told my son that this procedure won't be permanent. He told her that he knew that. I wish I hadn't been asleep for that exchange I can picture the heavy sigh and eye roll.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • BoiseB
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    over 1 year ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Today marks five years since I underwent a surgery that the Dr.s said I wouldn't survive. I have sent the Dr. who did the surgery a beautiful floral arrangement. Later this morning I will take a floral arrangement to my church and celebrate with the ladies at the church offices who conducted a prayer vigil during the entire nine hour long operation.

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    • BoiseB
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    over 1 year ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    As of today I have been posting on WhatNext for three years. I have learned so much. And I have been inspired by so many individuals.

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    • BoiseB
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Today marks five years since I had my first clean scan after diagnosis of esophageal cancer.

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    • BoiseB
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    about 1 year ago
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    Clean scans

    Celebration

    Today my scans were cancer free On April 1 I will be three years cancer free.

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    • BoiseB
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    clean scans

    Milestones

    Today I went to the Dr. I am cancer free. April 1 I will be three years cancer free.

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    • BoiseB
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    Colon has moved into the Chest Cavity

    Oh No

    My CT-scans showed some anomalies: onc sent me to a pulmonologist; pulmonologist called a conference with onc and PCP; sent me to a laparoscopic surgeon; today surgery was scheduled for Feb 17 Are you out of breath, I am. Everything is going so fast. I thought that this was no big deal well the surgeon says it is a big deal. I told the surgeon "At least I am cancer free. I am going to celebrate anyway,

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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a very large hernia repaired on Feb 17. The hernia was the aftermath of esophagectomy five and one half years ago. Other EC survivors should be on the look out for this nasty little trick the surgeon says that this can occur even 10 years after esophagectomy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • BoiseB
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    11 months ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Today marks six years since I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer

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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Surgery site hernia repair officially declared a success. Back to other worlds to conquer.

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    • BoiseB
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    10 months ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    This is both my birthday and the anniversary of my first cancer treatment. Six years ago today, I began treatment for my first cancer. It was a day long process of Dr. examinations, x-rays and blood tests. First meeting was with the Radiation Dr. He noted that it was my Birthday. He wished me happy birthday with the saddest face. I also remember reading an advertisement for the American Cancer Society on the theme "We Sponsor Birthday's" I actually laughed: I think my daughter thought I had gone mad. Then we met Dr. Doom! That was all six years ago.

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    Remission

    Celebration

    I passed the second blood test. I am now cancer free for 3+ years. Also I have survived stage IV esophageal cancer for 6+ years. (odds at the time of diagnoses 4%) I bought a lovely Lemon Torte Cake.

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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    It has been six years since my successful esophagectomy. I have beat the 4% survival odds Great Thank-you to my awesome surgical team

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    • BoiseB
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Tomorrow the anniversary of my first clean scan after my diagnosis with esophageal cancer That was seven years ago.

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    • BoiseB
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Clean Scans .April 1 I will be 4 years Cancer Free.

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    I am alive.

    Celebration

    Every year I plant and tend a "Victory Garden"

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