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!