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I'm not sure I should be doing this, I am a private person generally, and I have NEVER invited the internet/gaming world into my personal life, but I do consider this my home, forums-wise. I have grown fond of many of you over the years, even the ones I have disagreed with. What am I saying, I've disagreed with all of you at one time or another ;)

On Monday I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Physically. I'm feeling fine right now, the symptoms are more annoying than anything. Another first for me, I'm actively using my Facebook account again after creating it years and years ago, then promptly making it private and ignoring it. So if anyone's interested https://www.facebook.com/george.mccarty.9

Leave any pity at the door, plz, kbaithx. I don't do pity.

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This one is not the kindest type of these shits, if we stretch it a lot and decide to call some of them 'kind'.

However, I'm sure you'll do the effort to meet with at least 3 independent medical doctors to talk about your specific case - not GPs but cancer specialists, all of them. At least two of those should be esophageal cancer specialists in particular.

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Damn.

I am not sure if you want to hear more advices as you propably heard a lot of them at this point, but like Danchir said, if available in short enough time-frame try to get a visit with a doctor(s) that work in a clinic/hospital that specialize in esophageal cancer.  I am not sure how it is in US, but in Poland even when a certain hospital is treating wide range of neoplasms, it often does specialize / have teams/doctors that specialize in certain cancers or groups of certain cancers.

 

 

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yeah I had a heart attack Tuesday. It isn't the first one this year. Emotion kind of jumps around doesn't it? After awhile you just embrace immortality as a reason not to get too worked up. Maybe its different for theists I don't know.

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The next step is a PET scan, that will check the rest of my body to see if the cancer has spread. What stage I'm in hasn't been determined. My Oncologist said that this form of cancer is aggressive and she's going to be aggressive in treating it. Besides that doctor I have a radiation Oncologist and a vascular surgeon on the team. For now the approach will be chemo/radiation, but surgery is an option. I do plan on working, as I can, through out the treatment.

As of now I have a mass in my esophagus where it meets my stomach. Your esophagus has 2 sphincters, one at the top, which we all feel when we swallow, and one at the bottom, my mass is towards the bottom. When I eat and sometimes drink I feel it going all the way down, especially as it passes the lower sphincter.

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/picture-of-the-esophagus

Thank you all for your support, and Doro, you made me laugh, never stop being you!

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yeah I had a heart attack Tuesday. It isn't the first one this year. Emotion kind of jumps around doesn't it? After awhile you just embrace immortality as a reason not to get too worked up. Maybe its different for theists I don't know.

​Sorry to hear that Koolio, I totally get the emotional thing. What drove me to seek medical assistance was feeling like I ran a marathon when walking a relatively short distance, the cause, loss of blood, but I didn't know that then. I went from thinking I have some sort of coronary blockage to I have a bleeding ulcer to I have cancer in less than 48 hours. Plavix, a blood thinner, may have saved my life, if it wasn't for the symptoms from the loss of blood there's no telling how long I would have lived with the annoying, but bearable sore throat, and odd sensation when I eat and drink.

Good luck on your recovery.

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All the best Spidey,  I wish you the strength to get you through the next few months, you will have the best people you possibly can around you, and that is always a great start.

I toured a few South American countries and a little of Antarctica for a couple of months with a friend who could no longer use her esophagus for solids. It was very hard for her at times, we needed hospitalization a couple of times (nothing serious from her point of view), her luggage was a nightmare, always amusing to have the hotel porters try to lift her un suspecting black suitcase full of her food packs ... fucking thing weighed a ton and would not budge  lol.  ... and she loved every moment.

I wish you great success in your treatments.

 

CrankyCat

 

 

 

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You have my sincere wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Spidey. Over the years I've lost a parent, grandparent, other family members and friends to that damn disease.

 

Fight it! We'll help you.  :)

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If they caught it early, there are plenty of ways to live with it.  I have two friends whose husbands received the same diagnosis.  One was an active smoker/drinker, you name it.  The other a total health freak his whole life.  Go figure.   One is doing very well with it, rolling on 12 yrs now, the other for 8 and though less comfortable, living successfully and working.  In both cases, it was diagnosed early and lifestyle/meds/work changes have so far done the trick.   

And no - don't do pity.  No need.  Truth is that we are all of us gonna get that ticket for some kinda ride; you are lucky that you already know what yours is - just boils down to a mere question of how you want to handle it.  Take love and support wherever you find it, the rest will flow.

Hugs to you.

 

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Frog-embezzler. Ear-watcher. Rodeo-compromiser. This guy is an animal!

​Lol.  As in tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs of every description, really bad food, no excercise, etc. which some people want to blame for his illness.  Cancer has no real relation to those things though some want to blame there; it is indiscriminate.

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