Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by feelingblessed on Tue Jan 22, 2013 08:34 PM
I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on Aug 22, 2012. As you can imagine my family and I were terrified of the possible outcome. And like any other newly diagnosed cancer patient there was that overpowering fear of the great unknown. I went through 6 weeks of chemo and radiation, and am now 6 weeks post esophagectomy. I still need an additional 6 weeks of chemo, which I begin next monday, and then its time to begin my new life.
Some may find it rather Ironic, but my faith has grown through my cancer journey. Not only my faith but my attitude as well. I used to be a " I have to" type of person. I have to go to work, I have to do this, or I have to do that. I went through much of my life with no appreciation of my life. Since then, I have become a "I get to" person. I get to hold my wife. I get to hear my children laugh. I get to do all the things that used to be so mundane in my life, but now seem so precious to do. I am truly a lucky man.
To all of you that are recently diagnosed, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope and there is a man in Green Bay, Wi. who has you in his thoughts and prayers, and above all else, remember to be strong and that you get to.
by doingfine on Wed Jan 23, 2013 08:56 PM
Hi, I also feel blessed. My journey began 9 years ago. I have learned to really love life. I appreciate so much more now that I have faced the "grim reaper" head on. God is my deliverer also and I thank him for every day he has given me. Hang in there it keeps getting better the farther you get. Thanks for your prayers. I pray for all on this message board also.
by drn56 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 01:38 PM
Well said!! Good luck on your journey!
by MasterP357 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 02:32 AM
Amen, It is a shame that it took EC to make you stop and smell the roses and enjoy everything. I feel the same way, I look at is as, "man I just beat cancer and you complaining about what?" Life is too short enjoy everyday Gods gives you to be with your family and loved ones. Fix relationships that are broke, call friends you have not spoke to in years. etc.
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