I am a 56 year old powerlifter and bodybuilder. I put nothing unclean in my body. I had the energy levels of a teenager before this awful disease struck. I have lost 40 pounds of my muscle mass. The symptoms manifested on or about October 6, 2017. I had difficulty swallowing and immediately went to visit my PCP of 19 years. He dismissed it as a food bolis and told me to chew my food better. The second episode occurred on or about November 8, 2017 while on assignment in Houston (I am professionally employed as a Healthcare Fraud Investigator for the past 25 plus years). The next episode happen on Christmas eve. The most violent occurrence took place after a difficult weightlifting session on January 15, 2018. I was unable to swallow a piece of meat and almost had to go to the ER. The following day, my chest and back begin to hurt badly. I went to see my cardiologist on January 17, 2018. He diagnosed me with costochondritis. He didn't address the swallowing issues. The pain intensified over the next few days. I finally went to the ER on January 26, 2018. They did a CT scan and said the cardiovascular system was great with no blockage and they located something on my esophagus and theorized it was GERD or acid reflux. They prescribed medicine. I scheduled an appointment with the area's leading GI specialist but he didn't have anything available until March 15. My last semi-solid meal was March 2. The day before the GI visit a Barium swallow test was performed. The following morning the GI theorized that it was esophageal cancer. He performed an endoscopy the following morning and took a biopsy. He advised that I had only a straw size opening for liquids to get down. The biopsy came back positive for moderate to poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. He didn't give me much hope. He advised that the kill rate of this cancer is approximately 92%. I located the area's top physician and he advised me that a giant tiger was pursuing me and would eventually overtake me. The best he could do would be to slow the tiger down and give me 2, 5, or 10 years. Two days later surgery was performed. A feeding tube was installed, a medi-port was attached to my upper chest, and endoscopy was attempted and exploratory surgery on the abdomen was conducted. There does not appear to be any spread to distance sites. He is reasonably sure it is stage III with spread to some lymph nodes. He ordered 5 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery will follow the chemotherapy and radiation in approximately 6 weeks. I am about to begin week 3 of chemotherapy and radiation. The tumor continued to grow until last week. For the past month, I have not been able to swallow any liquids. I'm a big quality of life guy. I live alone and I am not sure if I want to go through with this. If the chemotherapy and radiation fails to significantly shrink the tumor, I am considering having the feeding tube removed and check into hospice and pass peacefully in 1-2 weeks.
Months since diagnosed:12