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On June 2nd, 2020 I heard 2 words that would change my life....esophageal cancer. Paul had been having a bad bout of heartburn for the previous 2 months which was not uncommon for him. He did visit his doctor who changed up his medication but he didnt find any relief. He was finally referred for an Upper GI. I dropped him off assuming they would find an ulcer. I was shopping in the Home store when the endocrine physician called me to let me know they found a large mass in Paul's esophagus (the size of a roll of quarters). He said it was concerning for "cancer" and was sending a biopsy stat. He also told me he wanted to get Paul in asap for CT scans of his lungs, pelvis, and stomach. What???? We had been enjoying an amazing life over the last year and this was the furthest thing on my radar. I cant even tell you how many thoughts went through my brain. I picked Paul up from his appt and as normal he was smiling ear to ear as if nothing happened. I held back tears to be strong for him. On June 9th, the cancer was confirmed but we did not know what stage or treatment plan. On June 8th, Paul went for CT scans. Everything came back clear. On June 10th, he met with Dr. Su of Methodist (medical oncologist) to discuss plan of care. Dr. Su couldn't stage the cancer but estimated it was stage 3. Paul was sent for a PET scan and endoscopic ultrasound. On June 12th, Paul had a PET scan that came back essentially clear. TODAY, he had the endoscopic ultrasound and they determined his cancer is Stage T2N1 (which is better then what we expected). On Monday, June 22nd we will meet with the oncologist to determine when he will start treatment. He will require 6 weeks of radiation (5x/week) in addition to chemotherapy once a week. Upon completion, he will then require surgery to remove the mass. If you would like to follow Paul's journey, I will keep everyone up to date on here. We thankyou in advance for all the texts, prayers and kind words. Paul is the guy who always has a smile on his face despite any challenges. I know he will beat this with flying colors.
"Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it"~