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    The day they pulled mine out was one of my happiest on my cancer journey. Yes it hurt/felt weird but passed quickly and I was so dang happy to be rid of that thing.

    May 18 at 9:13 AM view post
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      I was 34 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer in 2009. Yes 2009 and I’m still here. I fought for 1 year of treatment and 1 year of dealing with some complications. I have been cancer free for nearly 10 years now. You are young and your body is resilient, give that cancer he’ll so it is afraid to come back. I know you don’t see very many people on here that have beat this and that is because t...

      May 17 at 11:10 PM view post
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        I wrapped an bandage around my waist to keep it from moving around. I had spasms too but I didn’t know how to keep them from happening. My feeding tube was one of the worst parts of my treatment after the chemo. Ask for pain meds, and keep on giving it those turns so that the skin doesn’t grow around it. Just try to keep in mind that it’s keeping you alive regardless of how much it bugs you.

        May 17 at 11:01 PM view post
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          Oh, and I’ve been cancer free ever since.

          May 17 at 10:55 PM view post
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            I had a persistent stricture after chemo, radiation, and am Ivor Lewis esophagetomy. It closed up for the first time about two months after the surgery and then he will close every three weeks thereafter. I had 10 dilations, six stents, and tens laser ablation‘s. After the last laser ablation I bled out the next day. I was then referred to a surgeon who did it and esophageal reconstruction called a Super Jujunum e...

            May 17 at 10:53 PM view post
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              I forgot to mention I was 34 years old at the time when I was diagnosed, and I was stage III. I had chemo three times, radiation, and 2 esophagectomy’s. It was a lot but it was all worth it.

              May 17 at 10:44 PM view post
              • dsmasters has replied to a post on the message board

                I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009 and I survived. It was easy, and I went through a lot, and at the time I didn’t know if I was going to make it but I didn’t give up. Even in the time since I was treated there of been huge advances in the treatments for esophageal cancer. It is survivable, calm but you just can’t give up. I am living a pretty normal life now and I’m happy to say that it is past me.

                May 17 at 10:40 PM view post
                • dsmasters has replied to a post on the message board

                  Just remember that you are not alone. We are all here for you. Just keep going forward knowing that no matter what, you can beat this.

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                    I was a stage 3 (I don't remember the rest of the staging) to where it was about to move outside of the tissue of my esophagus. I was fully blocked on the inside where my esophagus met my stomach. You are better off talking to people who have recently gone through treatment for this as opposed to "the numbers" that are out there. Even the the last few years there have been strides in treatment for this type of ca...

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                    • dsmasters has replied to a post on the message board

                      Try different flavors of Gatoraid at room temp. There is also Propel as well that comes in bottles or in powder form. These should help. 

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