Married, mother of 4 awesome boys. Healthy, and exercised 5-6 days a week. Diagnosed 9 days after my 39th birthday--Moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, Stage 3. I had symptoms for about 2 months, "food getting stuck at the bottom of my stomach". I had just finished my 2nd 1/2 marathon. Planned on doing 5 by my 40th birthday. No previous medical history. Ate pretty healthy. Weight normal. I knew something just wasn't right. After diagnosis, I immediately had 2 rounds of chemo, 28 rounds of radiation and then surgery to remove tumor on March 7, 2013. Crazy ordeal. After surgery, pathology report stated No cancer left, but found 3 out of 12 lymph nodes affected. All 12 lymph nodes removed, as well as bottom 1/4 of esophagus and 1/4 of stomach. After surgery, had 4 more rounds of chemotherapy. Oh yes, I am also Her2 Positive, which means aggressive type of cancer, but responds well to chemo. Type of chemo--cisplatin, 5FU and then Herceptin. Doing well to date, CEA levels being monitored every 4 weeks. CEA normal levels. I continue to exercise about 3-4 times a week, not as much cardio as before (having numbness to feet and hands at times). I have incorporated Yoga, and plenty of meditation to try and not to STRESS..as ordered by my Oncologist. Thank God for my family and friends who have helped me in this journey!!Ultimately, it has been thru Faith, mind and body and definitely the will to Survive which has allowed me to Deny EC, in the hopes of helping others and sharing my positivity that together, there is hope and one can beat cancer and LIVE!!
Years since diagnosed:6
My name is Terry Puccio. I had the surgery on September 3 2014, to remove a tumor from my esophagus. They took 2/3 of my esophagus and 1/3 of my stomach. I\'m currently having trouble swallowing so I go tomorrow to have the new connection stretched. I was wondering how long it was for you to start feeling normal and eating somewhat normal. I feel as though I am going crazy because I\'m not seeing improvement. read more.
Hi Irza, Thank you for the heartwarming story and may God bless you. My question is, what was your CEA level when you were diagnosed? Thank you Dan read more.
Hi Irza, so happy to hear you are cancer free! My mom, age 64, was diagnosed on Friday with EC, they are not sure if it is stage 2 or 3 yet as they are waiting for results of her pet scan, which she is scheduled for on this Saturday. She is starting radiation and chemo early next week. I am scared and clueless as I have no idea what to expect. I am reaching out because my mom cannot eat hardly anything and it breaks my heart. She basically chokes on anything - she has been eating cheesecake, ice cream and eggs. And shakes. I was wondering if you had any ideas suggestions on foods or shakes ? Not sure if you will but thought I would ask. Thank you for sharing your success story and I hope my mom can share one day too! Also, any feedback for what I can do for her post radiation/chemo treatments? Expectations ? Advice on this scary road we are about to embark on? Thanks again! read more.