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Health issues…. Need Support

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In my last blog I mentioned, I was having a minor medical procedure at the end of the month.

For several years, I would occasionally find it difficult to swallow food. Food would get stuck in my throat, then I’d get the hiccups. I’d have to drink some water to food to go down. It happened so infrequently I didn’t really think anything of it. Then it started happening more frequently, I remembered that my former father in law had the same issue, had his doctor told him it was a part of aging. So again, I dismissed the symptoms. But in the last several months, I’ve noticed that I have issues swallowing with almost every meal I ate. By now I’m concerned about this, and would think “this just isn’t normal.”

One day in June, I had difficulty eating Greek yogurt. If you’ve ever eaten Greek Yogurt you know it’s much ticker than regular yogurt, but NOT particularly difficult to swallow. This got my attention and I was kind of alarmed. I saw my doctor a few weeks later, and discussed the issue with him.

During the examination, the doc said it could be anything from a simple narrowing of the esophagus, or it could be as serious as cancer, as my symptoms didn’t fit any one profile. He told me I’d need a scope done so he could definitively decide what is causing this issue, but he was pretty certain it was a narrowing of esophagus. He referred me to a GI specialist.

When I saw the GI specialist, he essentially asked me the same battery of questions. And confirmed what my Primary Doc had said, that a scope was required to determine the cause of the issue. The specialist said, if it’s a narrowing of the esophagus, as he suspects it is, they will insert balloon down the scope, and “stretch” my esophagus by expanding the balloon - problem solved.

During the examination with *both* docs, they asked if there was a history of cancer in my family. At the time, I just said that my father had died of sarcoma in 2006, and that I had melanoma circa 1991. Both Dr’s looked a tad alarmed. Which surprised me both times.

Since I saw the Specialist in early August, my symptoms seem to have gotten rapidly worse, to the point where swallowing liquids such as water is now an issue at times.

My father died of cancer, his sister died of cancer, my mother’s sister died of cancer, and I myself have had melanoma. And while I have every hope it will be the simplest of issues, it does cross my mind, it could be something far more serious.

On August 31st, at 8:15am PST, I’m having an Upper Endoscopy. So, once again, I’m asking for your prayers and support!
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    Hope it all works out okay. My heart goes out to you.
    3582 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You got it doll, anytime you need.

    3584 days ago
    You have at last reached help for the problem, whatever it may be. Earlier today I saw a bracelet with words inscribed that gave me pause. And the words are worth thinking as you relax, relizing that you're now in good hands: it is what it is. The endoscopy procedure is amazing and will reveal all. Then whatever needs to be done will be done. My prayers join the others.
    3588 days ago
    Thoughts and prayers for you as you approach the end of the month and the examinations that you face. I pray it is something that can be fixed quickly and completely for you.

    We are here for you.

    Much love

    3588 days ago
    I am sending positive thoughts and prayers... While we may have family history of cancer in the family (as I do as well)... it does not mean we have to have it... Trust and have faith - hold positive thoughts and picture health and well being. Focus on the good and I will pray and send loving healing energy your way!!

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    Prayers being sent to you. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in January. She had radiation and chemo and is now in remission. Hope all yours is, is your esophagus needs to be stretched. She has to have that done every six weeks but that ain't bad she says. Good luck and praying for good news.
    3588 days ago
    Keep the faith! It helps to remember that if God leads you to it, He will lead you through it! Still, I understand how distressing this time is for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    3588 days ago
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