A SHARED JOURNEY
Difficulty swallowing is one of the primary symptoms of esophageal cancer. This symptom sent my 55-year-old husband to his doctor. The doctor’s five words,”You have advanced esophageal cancer,” brought life as we knew it to an abrupt end. Our journey to survive Stage III adenocarcinoma of the stomach junction and involving a few lymph-nodes began in November 2000.
ESOPHAGEAL CANCER TESTED
- MY FEARS
- MY COURAGE
- MY CHOICES
- MY COPING SKILLS
- HIS STRENGTH
- HIS ABILITY TO EAT AND SWALLOW WATER
- HIS WILL TO SURVIVE BEING AN ORGANIZED TRAIN WRECK POST ESOPHAGECTOMY
- OUR FAITH
JOY AND AGONY COLLIDED * LOVE PREVAILED
C.S. Lewis wrote, “It is easy to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as it is merely used to tie a box. If one has to use the rope to hang over a precipice, then one would learn how much they trusted it.”
WHAT WE HAD TO LEARN the symptoms * the treatment options * the nutrition * the pre-surgery research* the post surgery survival* the feeding tube* the practical medical tools*the business side * the intimacy * the gift of time* the palliative care * our last journey* going home
LIVING THE ESOPHAGEAL CANCER JOURNEY; IT’S HIS STORY. IT’S MY STORY. IT’S OUR STORY. It’s a love story, really!