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Bradey's journey through esophageal cancer began on July 14, 2016. He had been experiencing some difficulty with food feeling like it was stuck low in his chest since late May. As June went on it started to happen more frequently and eventually would result in the need to bring the food back up because it just wouldn't go down. He made an appointment with his primary doctor just before the 4th of July, where they thought it could be a Schatzki's ring, which is a narrowing of the lower esophagus. Dr. Dunn recommended Bradey see a gastroenterologist. The nurse called a few days later to let us know that they were able to get him an appointment in Cedar Rapids on August 24th. (note that I am writing this on Aug. 17th) Bradey informed her that he couldn't wait that long and asked her to find him an appointment anywhere else. She called back that day with an appt. at Mercy in Iowa City on July 12th. At that appointment they ordered a barium swallow for the next day and scheduled a scope for...August 24th! At the barium swallow they could see a definite narrowing. We were optimistic that they would be stretching it out and all would be well. But then, the phone rang two hours later. They wanted to see him the next morning at 7:30 for a scope. So, bright and early Thursday July 14, 2016 we anxiously headed back to Mercy in Iowa City. After a short half hour procedure the doctor came in with some crazy pictures and the big C bomb. We were stunned. They immediately sent us on to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. From there he had an endoscopic ultrasound and PET scan which gave us the official diagnosis of Stage 3b adenocarcinoma esophagus cancer. We had lots of appointments and did our best to absorb a ton of information as they laid out the plan that will kill this SOB!! Chemotherapy got underway on August 9th and continues every Tuesday for 6 treatments. Radiation Therapy got underway on August 11th and continues M-F for 28 treatments. At this point surgery is expected sometime in October. Our moto through this is that Bradey may have the big C but we know and serve an even bigger C! We trust in the plan that the Lord has for our lives and we will continue to be thankful for every single day we are given! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support! You all make this road that much easier to travel! With Love~ Bradey, Theresa, Declan and Wyatt Adams
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2