I’ve had acid reflux for quite some time. Sometimes, I’d even wake up coughing from the reflux! I’ve even had trouble swallowing my food, but I never thought that anything could really be wrong.
One evening, I went out to eat with my friend, Cyndi, and we had salads with beets. I’m not much of a beet person, so I rarely eat them. The next morning, I noticed that my urine was red! Thinking I might have a kidney stone, I went to the doctor, and he sent me for a CT scan. That was how I discovered that I had a thickening at the juncture of my esophagus and stomach. I didn’t know that beets could make your urine reddish, so that had to be a “God thing”!
Further testing showed that I had a stage four adenocarcinoma that had metastasized to several lymph nodes in my lower abdomen. Surgery was out. I was blessed to find my tumor was HER 2+, so it could be treated with Herceptin. I had radiation and a course of several months of Cisplatin. That was the only time in my life that I was glad I was fat! Cisplatin made me so sick that I lost 60 pounds!
I’m feeling pretty good now! My tumor and lymph nodes have been considerably reduced in size. I still get a Herceptin infusion every three weeks. I’m presently taking an oral chemo drug, Xeloda, but the oncologist says he’ll take me off that if my next scan looks good!
I fight like a girl every day! At 63 years old, I go kayaking, swim with my great nieces, and play drums! God is good, and so is my life!
The informational content of this article 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.