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    survivor16 wrote on danellsar's wall

    I'm glad that you wrote back and gave me a few more details. Like I said before please keep your chin up, things can change for the better at any time. Are you able to get a second opinion? With all of that I'm surprised that something isn't shrinking yet. Is he able to eat at all and keep his strengh up? With the weekend here now I'll be able to watch my emails, if you need to talk please drop me a note. You and your family are on my mind. If he is able and would like to drop me a note please have him do so, I would love to talk to him, I may not be able to help him much but I can listen and it might help me to remember something to share with him.

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    survivor16 wrote on danellsar's wall

    I just found out about this site from my daughter. After reading your story it sounds like you may need someone to talk with that's been there and been a survivor for 16 years now. They found it 3-23-1995 and told me I had 30 days... Chemo started 3-27-95, 24hrs a day for 30 days. Radiation started 4-28-95, monday -friday for the next 30 days. (as I look back this was the worst part and took the most out of me). Surgery was 6-12-95 with a long recovery. They removed 7" of the esophagus and 3" off the top of my stomach. This all started from acid reflux that I didn't even know I had... All of the above set me back for about a year until I even felt like a person again. Life since then has not been too bad, good days and bad days and a few more side effects as the years roll by. The important thing is that I'm still around 16yrs later to be with my kids. (kids were 14 & 12 at the time). It is a "long and very hard road" but I'd do it all again even knowing what I know now. I'm now 57 and work full time in law enforcement. If I can be of any HELP please drop me a note and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Keep your chin up...he is going throu alot...... Don't be afraid to ask people around you for help as they don't have any idea of what you're going through or what you want or may need........ until it hits their family.

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      danellsar

      Thank you for the encouragement. Unfortunately, by the time my husband was diagnosed, he was already stage 4 and not a surgical candidate. Chemo 8 rounds did nothing to shrink any of the tumors, and a few more showed up. Radiation for 3 weeks has not shrunk the tumor, and now he has clots and anemia. Might be no more treatment. Really bad time for us, but lots of helpful folks around. I may just need that shoulder to cry on at some point soon....

      about 5 years ago
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