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Posted by Mimspicker on Saturday, July 14, 2007

July 14, 2007

It's been six weeks since my last update.  A lot has happened during the past six weeks.  I had two bouts with an all-day chemo drip.  Both times I became very sick.  I didn't eat for a week either time and as a result lost quite a bit of weight.  The weekly chemo drip didn't make me sick, but having an IV 24/5 Monday thru Friday was not very comfortable.

Radiation continued every day throughout this process.  Next Tuesday will be the last of 40 radiation treatments.

With this being esophageal cancer it has been hard to eat anyway.  I have had regular endoscopy procedures.  My GI Doctor can be credited with keeping my esophagus open so I can eat.  Otherwise it would have been a feeding tube.  After a recent endoscopy my GI Doctor said the radiation had shrunk the tumor down to nothing.

I will see all my Doctors next week to find out what is next.  Follow-up testing will be in six to eight weeks.  The esophagus needs time to heal from the radiation.

I have lost over 50 pounds since March.  A terrible diet to be on.  I'm glad I was "overweight" weighing over 250 pounds when this process started.  I can only imagine my condition if I wasn't on the heavy side.  Even with the weight loss I still have some fat hanging around the middle...LOL  I even got a grin out of one of the Doctors when he expressed a concern about the weight loss.  He at least gave me credit for knowing my limits.

I again want to thank everybody for your prayers and words of encouragement.  I have gotten mail from poeple I don't even know from other states letting me know they were praying for me.  This ordeal has strenghtened my faith.  I fully expect to be healed and give to Him the Glory!

5 comments on “Update”

Nancy Says:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 @11:21:24 AM

Mims, you have been on my mind and in my prayers. You are one of the good guys. I pray for a complete healing.

Soop Says:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 @11:24:55 AM

I wasn't aware of your condition until very recently, but you're in my thoughts and prayers as well. Cancer is quite common in my family (two aunts, one dad, one mom) and every one of them fought and won.

Keep the faith!

pickntx Says:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 @4:49:01 PM

I too was unaware but you are in my prayers. Keep up the good fight.

Saturday, July 14, 2007 @11:08:46 PM

 Mimspicker. Hang in there. My Dad went through the same ordeal
at age 78 , same treatment ,same place.same results, lived to
be 85 and passed with  a heart attack. never gripped one time,
he enjoyed life, you have alot to look forward to. good luck and
better health to you.

HisTreeNut Says:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 @11:49:37 PM


Still in our prayers over here!  Hang in there bud!


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