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Kahlil & Andrea's Journey
6/9/2016 Latest post:
My Medical Condition(s): Signet Ring Cell Carcinoma (terminal stomach cancer), Congestive Heart Failure, Tumor in Right Kidney
Okay, so, as recently as July of 2015, as far as I knew, I was a perfectly healthy guy. Up until then the worst I had suffered was an almost-2-yr ever-worsening bout of gastritis. Little did I know at the time that all of the symptoms of signet ring cancer mimic chronic gastritis until it's final stages when the difference shows itself. So I had been on increasingly stronger prescription ant-acids and, as such, was having trouble sleeping at night. I called the doctor to describe shortness of breath and was asked over the phone to check in to a clinic immediately. Turns out I had suffered a "cardiac episode," though I had no indications of such. Other than the fact that my heart was only operating at 20% function. For how long? I don't know. They don't know. But I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in July of 2015. That was first. In November I was diagnosed with an H-Pylori bacterial stomach infection, requiring anti-biotics. I spent the last half of December 2015 bed-ridden and deftly ill thanks to the stomach infection and anti-biotics. At that point I asked for an upper endoscopy so that they could look inside my stomach; I could feel the soreness and pain just by touching my own stomach. They stuck the camera down in January of this year, saw a horribly rotten upper intestine, and diagnosed me with stomach cancer. Signet Ring Cell cancer only occurs in .01 instances of stomach cancers. They know the least about it, except that it's the most aggressive, it's fast spreading, and terminal. And it's also hereditary. My grandfather Lee had stomach cancer that spread everywhere. And mine has already spawned a 3mm tumor in the middle of my right kidney, and has now been found in my abdominal cavity and my left pectoral. I just began a 5-hour chemo infusion (once every 3 weeks) last week, to be followed by 14 consecutive days of chemo pills. And that's where I am right now.