As of January 2016 Kirk's weight was 269 at his yearly checkup.
In August of 2016 Kirk started having alot of pain under his rib cage area. Sometimes it got worse with certain foods or drinks. Sometimes it would just hurt. During a test earlier in year they found that he had gall stones. So we thought they were acting up. He called his family doctor and made an appointment. While there he had lost 20 or so pounds. Blood work came back fine. So she treated it as an ulcer. He stated I can eat hot sauce and it not bother me. She put him on stomach meds and sent him on his way. Meanwhile the pain got worse and was all the time. Would still get worse when he ate. He noticed he was drinking fluids alot more too. He went into office again. She adjusted meds. These meds were not working. He finally couldn't take it any more. He was down 40 pounds. So beginning of October we went to emergency room. They did an ultrasound. Found stones. But blood work was fine. So kept him for 2 days adjusted meds and sent home. Still in pain not eating well. Down 60 pounds on November 15th, I took him to another local emergency room. That night a doctor I knew well was working. He actually listen to us! He did a CT scan and found that Kirk had a hiatal hernia under his rib cage area. He said that could be causing the pain. But not the weight loss. They admitted him and a GI doctor did a scope the next day. During scope they found numerous tumors along his lower half of his esophagus. They took biopsy's. Results came back cancerous on November 21st. They day our lives changed forever!!!!