DIAGNOSIS STAGE III ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

PRIMARY SYMPTOM DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING – DON’T DISMISS IT AS INDIGESTION

“YOU MUST BE BRAVE,” HE SAID. HOW COULD I BE BRAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS NIGHTMARE, I WONDERED.

ESOPHAGEAL CANCER TESTED

  • FEARS
  • COURAGE
  • CHOICES
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  •  COPING SKILLS
  •  PHYSICAL STRENGTH
  •  ABILITY TO EAT AND SWALLOW WATER
  •  WILL TO SURVIVE
  • FAITH

THE MEDICAL SIDE

  1. THE DIAGNOSIS
  2. THE STAGING   
  3. WHAT MEDICAL CENTER AND DOCTOR CHOICE
  4. THE TREATMENT OPTIONS
  5. CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION,
  6. MANAGING NAUSEA, OTHER SYMPTOMS
  7. CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIATION SIDE EFFECTS
  8. PRE-SURGERY RESEARCH FOR SURGEON CHOICE
  9. THE IVOR LEWIS PULL-UP SURGERY- SELF DESCRIBED, “AN ORGANIZED TRAIN WRECK.”
  10. FEEDING TUBE PUT IN PLACE DURING THE SURGERY
  11. THE TEN TO FOURTEEN DAY IN-HOSPITAL SURGERY RECOVERY
  12. PAIN MANAGEMENT
  13. THE POST-SURGERY INABILITY TO EAT
  14. DECISION TO USE THE FEEDING TUBE A LIFE SAVER.
  15. POST SURGERY RECOVERY – MONTHS NOT DAYS
  16. LEARN PRACTICAL TOOLS TO MANAGE MEDICAL ISSUES DURING HOME RECOVERY
  17. KEEPING A JOURNAL OF PRESCRIPTIONS 
  18. WORKING WITH A NUTRITIONIST  
  19. PAIN MANAGEMENT                                                                    

“I LOOK TO THE MOUNTAIN WHERE DOES MY STRENGTH COME FROM? MY STRENGTH COMES FROM GOD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.”

PSALM 121

 

 

  



 LIVING THE ESOPHAGEAL CANCER JOURNEY IT’S HIS STORY , IT’S MY STORY, IT’S OUR STORY, IT’S A LOVE STORY!