Serendopeity

The faculty of making stupid discoveries by accident. The name of my first Fantasy Football Team. Neither of which have anything to do with this blog. I just like the word. Deal with it !!!!!!

EC: A Scary Thing

This page may be one of the most scariest things you have ever read but if it scares you enough to take care of any symptoms you might have then GOOD!  I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Esophageal Cancer until I was diagnosed on October 28, 2004.  I will never forget the day my doctor told me.  I almost fell out of the chair when I read the word “Adenocarcinoma”.  I knew that a carcinoma was a cancer.  I had no idea what the rest of it meant.  

 I have done hours and hours of research on this disease, I had to, I needed to know exactly what I was facing – I am one of those people who will not stick their head in the sand at the prospect of something unpleasant.  If  I was going to die, it would not be without a fight.

Alot of the information available about EC is not all that up to date.  Beacuse it is still considered a “rare” or “orphan” cancer research dollars tend to be given out elsewhere.

The information you find here at Serendopeity is a compliation of information I have garnered in the last 5 1/2 years.  The basics of the disease have come from the People Living with Cancer website  at www.plwc.com.

Anecdotal info is just that, from those who have been there, done that and are still here to talk about it. 

Whatever you take from this information please remember, I am not a medical doctor, I do not know everything there is to know about EC or any other cancer for that matter.  Anything posted on this blog that is my opinion is just that my opinion.  I can tell you my story and what I have been through but it can never substitute for professional medical advice.  If you suffer from any of the symptoms you see here, please, please see your doctor. If they do not mention Barret’s Esophagus, Esophagitis, or Esophageal Cancer, you tell them.  I have read too many articles, personal stories and sadly,  obituaries from those whose doctors had never heard of EC.  I have known too many people who are no longer here to talk about EC because their sympoms were not recognized as anything other than Acid Reflex or GERD.

This page and all other EC related pages will be updated as updates become available.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to what I am trying to say.  If  just one person can be spared the agony of what I have been through then I am a happy camper.

Nancy

January 11, 2009

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