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R.I.P. Mike Adler 1961- 2011
This is where I will keep you updated as Mike fights his battle with his disease.
In early August 2011 Mike was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metatastic Adenocarcinoma. The doctors believed it started at the base of his esophagus where it meets the stomach. His diagnosis is that it's non-operable and non-curable. The doctors are starting him on a very aggressive chemo treatment plan.
In February, Mike experienced some bloating and constipation so he went to the doctor and had a colonoscopy and endoscopy performed. After all, Mike was turning "50" in April and we all now this is the "magic age" for this test. The tests came out clear but Mike did have some benign lesions in his esophagus. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health and sent him on his way. After these tests, Mike was back to feeling like himself.
Mike also began to lead a healthy lifestyle. He gave up alcohol, watched his diet (cut down on the carbs) and began the P90X workout program. Other than the usual muscle aches and pains one feels from working out he felt good.
Around early July, Mike suffered from a severe bout of gout in his elbow. Normally his flare ups are in his big toe so he went to the doctor and was told to continue taking his gout medication.
Several weeks later he complained about his calf muscles hurting. This went on for about a week and then traveled down to the bottoms of his feet. It was about a week prior to his family planned cruise vacation so he decided to go to the doctor and get it checked out. The doctor prescribe him steroids.
After Mike returned from the cruise his legs were swollen and his stomach was bloated. He went back to the doctor and after having several tests done it revealed that he was suffering from blood clots. He also felt pressure in his chest complained of not being able to breathe easily. Later that week they performed more tests including a chest and lower abdomen scan and that's when they discovered the cancer.
He is scheduled for a 5-hour chemotherapy session every 3rd Tuesday followed by lab work every Tuesday morning. The doctors are being very aggressive with the chemo treatments.