I was diagnosed with Stage IV adenocarcinoma in October 2006, marked by 3 distant lymph nodes and lesions in the stomach. Radiation and chemo shrunk the tumor by 60%, allowing us a crack at resection. An Ivor-Lewis pull-up, with En Bloc lymph removal was performed in February 2007. 6 years of remission ended in November 2013 with a tumor in the Mediastinal area. My left vocal chord became paralyzed, leading to severe aspiration and repeated pneumonias. Radiation and chemo killed off the tumor but damaged my lungs. I'm in remission, doing Herceptin until this December. My new reality is severe lung damage, with Bronchiectasis and COPD as my companions.
Years since diagnosed:12