Earlier this Spring Dan was finding it difficult to swallow, no big deal right? Go on about your life which is amazing everywhere you look, just filled with love and meanwhile thinking this too shall pass. Well it did not, the difficulty in swallowing became increasingly obvious and annoying to the point where seeking a doctors opinion was an obvious next step. You can imagine where that first appointment has taken us considering we are writing about it here on this caring bridge site. The short version is yes they discovered a tumor in his esophagus.. The cancer is originated from Barrett's disease or acid reflux, which in Dan's case had no symptoms. (As is the case with many, how scary is that?) Dan is an educator as all of you reading here are probably very aware. As an educator Dan hopes his personal story can enlighten the people he respects and loves through his experience. Take your own health very seriously, research Barrett's to control your own reflux symptoms. Dan did not catch this disease quickly and now has to manage a lot more than Barret's. No kidding, the medical industry has seen a significant increase in this cancer of the esophagus just in the last 15years when they saw very few cases before. Because of the mainstream appearance of this cancer and that it moves out from the esophagus quickly, new clinical trials are being developed continuously. Dan is being treated at Strong Hospital, The Wimont Cancer Center and is eligible for any clinical trials they want to try (emoji smile here). He has such a commitment, an obligation to fighting this disease for him self and for all of us.