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by a.k.a. 416ruger     Last updated: 2018-07-18 21:34:12

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Fellow Patriots, after 56 years of living a clean all American lifestyle, I was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer, advanced stage 3. Although I was in great physical condition at the time of the diagnosis, they are only giving me a 36.5%% of survival beyond 5 years and that includes a nasty surgery that will remove my esophagus and stretch my stomach up to act as an esophagus. The only guarantee from the surgery is that it will carry life long debilitating side effects that will greatly reduced one's quality of life.

Being an athlete and living alone, I'm a big quality of life guy. I would rather have 2 years at full speed than 20 at a greatly reduced level. Unsure if I am going to have the surgery or take an active surveillance posture.

I just completed 5 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. That was challenging. My last solid meal had been March 2. A feeding tube was installed to keep me from passing on March 29. I was unable to swallow my spit up until May 19. At which time I begin to eat and drink again without restrictions. That was nothing less than a miracle of God. My hopes is that the tumor had a complete response to the chemo and radiation and that no further treatment is required to give me a few more years (or even months) on this mortal coal.

Life was going really well, I had just got my last daughter out of school, I had acquired my country residence, a new Jeep, and the last remaining big bores on my bucket list and then bam, you wake up in the second chapter of Job.

Have any of you experienced anything like this? I would love to hear from anyone's experience with this deadly disease and of course anything to do with big bore hunting/shooting to keep my mind occupied with positive things.

Farwell


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