Sid Adkins was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer in May 2017, secondary to non hodgekin’s lymphoma from 20 years earlier. He had surgery to remove part of his esophagus plus the tumor at the end of June. After a long, difficult recovery, he was informed in late July that the cancer had spread to some of his lymph nodes and subsequently, began Chemotherapy in the early fall. Upon re-evaluation in December, we found that the tumors not only did not shrink but had spread to his bones. At that point, the decision for palliative radiation was offered and Sid agreed that this was the way forward. He began radiation in December right after Christmas.
On December 30th, Sid was admitted to Duke-Raleigh Hospital after a visit to the ER for shortness of breath. He began his stay in the ICU where his heart was stabilized from A-Fib, and he also needed treatment for Pneumonia. The goal was to get him stabilized so that he could return home with Hospice care.
After a long, hard fight for three more weeks, Sid passed away on January 18th at 10pm. We are so grateful for many of you who stood with us on this journey for a month of journal entries and lots of supportive comments and “hearts”. Thank you for being a part of his story with us.