Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So much for the Golden Globules..

...because I frankly was disappointed in Ricky Gervaise.  Oh well, can't be spot on every time, I guess.

And as I predicted, I didn't know who was who, nor what was what, but I enjoyed the clothes, for the most part. :D

I'm coughing quite a bit this morning, but I really think it's more related to allergies than anything else.  My eyes have been itching like crazy, too.  I think today's high is going to be 78ish, so plant entities are freaking out thinking they need to bloom because they must have slept in, or something.  My poor bougainvillea looks deceased, but I know it will come back; we've had freezes before, so I shall not give up on him.

Adenocarcinoma is the type of tumor I have in my chest.  Here's an uplifting quote from Mirella Stancu, MD, taken from a pathology site.

"Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is one of the most lethal of all malignancies due to advanced stage at diagnosis, for several reasons: 1) it is commonly asymptomatic in early phases; 2) spreads quickly to the outer layer of the esophagus and from there to multiple lymph node chains in the neck, chest and abdomen, and 3) due to proximity of the esophagus to vital organs in the chest."

Yeah, how sneaky is a cancer that doesn't give you any symptoms until it's too late?  Although, it is stated that people with Barrett's Esophagus are much more likely to have this type of cancer, my Barrett's Esophagus wasn't diagnosed until my cancer was.  Bummer.  But, it was well-established that I had Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease, for which I have been treated for a good seven years or so.  I would have said my GERD was well-controlled; I wasn't experiencing any reflux of which I was aware.


As seen in this drawing, the esophagus is a pretty long tubular structure. I had no idea.  Who ever thinks about their esophagus?  Mostly it just does its job, and transports your food and drink to the proper receptacle, your stomach. 

My tumor is located at the very lower part of the esophagus. It hasn't really interfered with my ability to swallow, for the most part, but it does interfere with my ability to have uninterrupted sleep.  It hurts, but thankfully, not often. 

Anyway, I'm glad that I am at the stage that I can read information on this type and cancer and not go into total shock, or get freaked out.  I've long since stopped being aware of swallowing. :)  Many of the articles I have read, while perhaps not adding to my innate optimism, have been very informative.  I really do want to learn all I can about the disease, now that it doesn't scare the beejeebers out of me.  Well, it's still scary, of course, if you read about the progression, but I'm living in today, so it's not making me crazy.

My sisters are outside weeding and culling dead plant bits, and it's such a gorgeous day.  I think I should go outside and supervise. :D

Love to all!

2 comments:

  1. Good Morning AZ from the frozen hinterland that is PA.
    Girlfriend, knowledge is power. I think the fact that you were treated for reflux for 7 years kinda sucks. Why don't docs do more testing to see exactly what is going on or why it is happening. I guess that is why they call it the PRACTICE of medicine. They are still learning. If you throw anything other than chickenpox at them they are stumped. That has been my experience anyway.

    Sorry about the bougainvillea, yeah they can look really desperate after a frost, but like you said they do come back quite beautifully. Getting outside in the sun is good, get that Vitamin D into you.

    Diva dog Lucy used to hate the heat in AZ (not sure why, she was born and bred there), anyway, she follows the sun around this house. We get it on the back of the house all day long and she can be found lying in it wherever it may be.
    Have a good day girlie. I am of to make pancakes for my breakfast. I shall speak at you again soon.
    Enjoy the weather, you know what is just around the corner weatherwise.
    Fay in the family room

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  2. Hi, Fay! Umm, pancakes. I had my Bob's Red Mill Muesli this morning. It's so chewy even after heating it up in some milk. Yum. :D

    Tomorrow is my massive dose of Herceptin. They have me coming in at 1pm for that, since it's not so much a marathon any more. Then my sister and I are going to pop back at 4:30 to join Nurse Tracy's support group. It only meets one time a month.

    The hinterlands... hehehehe.. sorry. :D

    Hugs,
    Tequila

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