It has been 9 years and 2 months since I wrote the 2011 entry and I felt this saga should have a final ending. Another motivation was the fact most of this website has not been touched in 20 years. The HTML editor I used no longer works on Win 10 and it was time to learn a bit about Cascading Style Sheets if I ever wanted to update anything. So...
This is that ending
I am presently between the 20th anniversary of my diagnosis (10/6/2000) and the 20th anniversary of my surgery (4/9/2001). You, gentle reader, may have noticed the word "cured" was not found during that 11 span. All my tests were reported as NED - no evidence of disease. I finally heard the "cured" announcement made about 5 years ago. Let me fill in some of the history.
Candace finally retired from Kaiser at the end of June, 2014. We sold our Atlanta home and moved to Lancaster, Ohio; a town of about 40,000, 30 miles southeast of Columbus, and noted as the birthplace of William T. Sherman. We bought a 1.75 acre piece of land in 2000 - 2 months before I was diagnosed. Candace's Mom and some of her 8 brothers and sisters live in the area, and Candace wanted to spend as much time as possible with her mother as she could after retiring.
We moved to Ohio. built a home and have settled in. In 2015 I decided I needed to find a local GI doc just to establish a relationship should the need arise. We met one locally, and it was he who pronounced me cured. Unfortunately, neither Candace or I were comfortable with him. But, I had no real need of his services, so it was not a concern.
In 2019, we thought it might be a good idea for a scoping just to make sure nothing ugly was going on down there. Checked with my internist and ended up with Dr. Brian Turner with the Ohio Gastro Group. A very bright man who attended Harvard Medical. Just wish he didn't look like he was still in his 20s!
We had a long talk about my medical history and he agreed an endoscopy was a good idea. It turned out to be more than a good idea when a short segment of Barrett's Esophagus with no dysplasia was discovered! He has me back on annual scopings and, so far, no change. We asked what he would do if it turned into a higher grade of dysplasia. He said it would be treated with ablation therapy. That time, that worry.
Medically, that's about where we stand with regards to the esophagus. I have been diagnosed with moderate COPD from years of smoking, have (but rarely wear) hearing aids, and a few other medical problems of a man nearing 75 years of age. It has been a long and interesting 20 year journey!
If this page ever gets updated again, it will mean the time arrived to do something with the Barrett's. It is our fervent hope that time never arrives. Right now, our best to anyone going through what we have been through in the past 20 years. I hope the cure for esophageal cancer is found and no one else has to endure this disease.
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