Rod Kindel

First post: Jan 27, 2019 Latest post: May 19, 2019

I am using Caring Bridge to keep family and friends informed of my journey towards a cure for my Cancer.  We do NOT plan on posting about this on Facebook and would appreciate it if everyone else would either contact us directly or post comments on this site.    Most of you have heard I was diagnosed on 12/15/18 with cancer of the esophageal and stomach juncture.  Which is the bottom of the esophagus area, not up in the throat as some have thought.  Wendy and I went to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City where I underwent some tests and met with an Oncology Surgeon.  The Huntsman and the Big Horn Basin Cancer Center and their doctors are working together with my plan of treatment.  I will do my treatments here at the local cancer center where I can come home and rest in my own bed and surroundings.  The plan is to start tomorrow, Monday, January 28 with chemo and radiation.   I will have chemo every Monday and radiation 5 days a week Monday-Friday.   They expect 5-7 weeks of treatment and then another scan to determine how much if any of the tumor is remaining. If substantially reduced but not gone, after a 30 day rest, I will travel to the Huntsman in Salt Lake City for surgery to remove what's left and create a major re-working of the remaining stomach and esophagus.  Of course our prayers are that the treatments will completely destroy the cancer and no surgery needed.  They have told me I have a rough couple of months ahead of me but to stay hopeful because there is a history of completely curing this type of cancer.   I have had multiple tests done and it appears the cancer is limited to the one area of the tumor.    We send this out requesting prayers for a complete annihilation of this wretched disease.  

We are not asking for any donations for us, but feel free to donate to Caring Bridge as they provide this service to the patient free of charge, but do not feel obligated.   We will provide journal updates as we make this journey.   Please know I do have a peace about things, even though the prospect of side effects and possible surgery are a little scary, I know that I belong to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I will be ok no matter what the outcome. 

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