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Curtis Van Maanen
Apr 6, 2019 Latest post:
Jun 3, 2020
Here’s how this all started: Sometime around the holidays, Curt started to have the sensation of food getting “stuck” when swallowing. He would also frequently get the hiccups during meals. After a few months of this, he decided to get it checked out. His regular MD ordered an upper GI scope, during which the surgeon discovered a small flap that shouldn’t be there in his lower esophagus. A biopsy was taken, and on March 28, we got the diagnosis: an Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. These are likely caused by cell changes due to chronic reflux, which he has fought for a long time.
Other than the annoyance of the swallowing issue, Curt feels fine and is in good spirits, with a positive outlook. We will keep family and friends updated as we proceed through appointments and treatment. We appreciate your prayers and good thoughts!