I have a wonderful husband, three grown children, and one granddaughter, and a fulfilling career as a certified public accountant. In the fall of 2011, I was diagnosed with EC - stage IIB. That was a shocker! I had no issues with swallowing, rather I was experiencing some lower GI matters. I had an abdominal CT, which revealed a thickening around the esophagus. At that point I had a scope, and the tumor was revealed. I was referred to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital to a thoracic surgeon and oncologist that I adore and truly believe are the best in the world. I was treated with chemo, radiation and surgery. I experienced lots of complications. Honestly, if there was a complication to get, I think I got it. Life after surgery has been a bit of a roller coaster. Getting used to sleeping practically upright and what foods will be okay versus an adverse reaction is still a work in process. Meds seem to be a good mix for the reflux. It was the support of God, my family and friends that got me through it. My biggest fear had always been cancer and there it was, there was no option but to deal with it, keep my faith, a positive attitude and never give up hope. I sometimes wonder if the cancer was God's way of helping me to face my fear and directing me to help others with this disease. I'm now committed to doing all I can to help others and raise awareness.
Years since diagnosed:7