We've decided to begin this site as a means for us to get the word out on all of Dads updates.
Let me first begin by telling you his story that began the week of Feb. 13th, 2017.... Mom had just returned from a vacation with the girls, Dad was the "bachelor" for these days and spending his usual time with his favorite past times of golf, bowling, horseshoes, time in the pool and visiting with friends while at their winter home in St. Petersburg, FL. He had a tough time swallowing the evening Mom returned and after a rough evening they decided the next morning they better go the the ER to take a closer look at what was going on. At the hospital they did some blood work, tested him for various things, and sent him home telling him it was Acid Reflux and that just to be sure, he should come back for a scope with a biopsy, if necessary, to see what was going on. On Friday, Feb. 17th he received the news that the doctors were 95% sure that the swallowing difficulty he was experiencing was indeed Cancer. He was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma (T3) in the lower part of his esophogus the following week. After many visits to various doctors, all of which took care of him with the utmost respect and care, a treatment plan of 5 weeks of Chemoradiation was recommended and Dad decided he wanted to stay in Florida to see this through since he was so well taken care of there. Once these 5 weeks are complete, he will have a waiting period (we call this the "cooking" period:)), he will have surgery to remove a large portion of his esophogus and the healing will begin. He began his first treatment of Radiation on Monday, March 6th, and Chemotherapy on Tuesday, March 7th. He has been doing wonderfully through his treatments, no apparent side affects to this point, and will be through week three as of tomorrow, March 24th. Your thoughful text messages, cards, and prayers have been so wonderful to receive and we are all truly greatful for such an awesome family and friend support system! Please continue to watch for updates, as it seems we are learning new things daily!