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Elisa’s Story (Esophageal Cancer)

elisas story esophageal cancer My journey started December 2021. I was having difficulty swallowing. At the end of January 2022, I went for an endoscopy. On February 9,2022, I was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. My world seemed to crumble before my eyes.

In March, I had surgery for a feeding tube and a port was placed. I started chemotherapy and radiation at the same time for a couple months. They made me so sick with nausea, burning, and my teeth were hurting. I couldn’t eat for a month, I thought I wouldn’t make it.

On June 8,2022, I had surgery, an 8 hour esophagectomy, to remove part of my esophagus and stomach. My feeding tube was removed on July 29th! Yay! The recovery was painful, but I made it!

I am currently undergoing immunotherapy, and will continue to have endoscopies every 3 months with a chance of starting radiation again.

I have lost about 30lbs since my treatment started. I am relearning to eat, and now have a smaller stomach. It has been a tough journey, and I still have a long road ahead of me but I know I will make it! I have faith in GOD – everything will be good, he will give me the strength to keep going.

Family is an important part of the journey! Never give up and keep fighting!

Submitted 08/15/2022

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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