Curtis Van Maanen

First post: Apr 6, 2019 Latest post: Mar 11, 2021
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!

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