Feb 4, 2021 Latest post:
39 minutes ago
I was diagnosed with an abnormal biopsy of my esophagus/stomach on January 4th after having an upper endoscopy due to swallowing issues. Since then I have had quite a few tests and procedures and it was determined to be in my stomach. Initially I was diagnosed as Stage 4 esophageal cancer that would be treated with chemo and hopefully at least a 5 year survival if lucky. I have luckily been downgraded to a Stage 3 gastric cancer at this time. This means instead of a bleak prognosis, I have chemo, possible surgery, then more chemo. We have to see how my cancer reacts to the chemo, and then go from there. For my medical friends it is a signet ring adenocarcinoma that is highly PD-L1 positive. This could mean immunotherapy for my second round possibly. All of my care is at St. Luke's hospital in Chesterfield, MO. I've worked for St. Luke's for 23 years this month, and I can't say how proud I am to work for this organization after the way they have taken care of me. I'm not just a number or a patient, I feel like a family member. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people taking care of me. I've run into so many old co-workers and friends at the hospital, it's such a comfortable place to be. My care team has gone above what I would have even expected a team to do. I know it sounds like overkill, but I really can't say enough about everyone. From my initial phone call on January 4th from my GI doctor telling me that I had the abnormal biopsy, it took a month to start my first chemo after all the further testing they had to do to find out what type it is and the best course of treatment. My total world has changed, but I am hopeful that all will be healed and I will be well again sometime soon. I have so many wonderful people around me and I feel so blessed every day to have so many great people in my life. God works in mysterious ways and he's been talking to me a lot lately through others. I have so many people praying for me from so many different backgrounds I know he's listening. God bless you all and "I'll see you on the other side"