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Old 12-13-2008, 09:03 PM
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well many of you have caught bits and pieces of my health issue but I feel close to so many of you that I feel I should share the entire story with you to help you understand what exactly has happened.


about 3 years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux... thats when your stomach produces too much acid and it starts coming back up your throat at certain times like when you lay down... it burns and can eventually cause more problems if left unchecked... and like most guys I didn't take it serious and wouldn't go have it checked out. eventually it got so bad I started spitting certain foods up onto my pillow as I slept (the acid erodes the one-way valve in your esophagus and it begins to fail, allowing your food to get back up past it)... so I finally went to the doc... they tried several drugs to help me... nothing seemed to work and it eventually got worse. until it got to the point that they wanted to do surgery to tighten up that area in my esohpagus to help prevent any further problems. so I let them. it seems this is a trial and error surgery and they ended up over-tightening mine and that made it difficult to get food down into my stomach. on their suggestion I gave it 6 months to heal and as they put it "give it time to loosen itself up again on it's own". a year passed and still I was having difficult getting food down. causing a nice diet wich I didn't mind at the time because I was a bit over my ideal weight anyway. close to 260 lbs. after about a year they decided to finally go in and try to loosen it with another surgery. well again I had to wait for results. and they assured me this should fix the problem and give it time. I was still fighting to get food down while I lost more weight over the next year... still no progress. and this brings me to about 4 months ago when they decided the best thing to do was to remove my esophagus because this restriction that had been happening in my esophagus over the last few years had caused it to stretch all out of shape and perform more like a sack and less like a tube that it originally was supposed to be. 2 days after my surgery I'm laying in the hospital bed when the surgeon and his assistant walk into my room and turn my tv off... they then inform me that while he was performing my surgery he discovered a golf ball sized tumor on my colon... I was floored. and he then continued to tell me that since my body was so weak from all the weight loss (now I'm around 125 lbs) that they couldn't risk removing the tumor at this time... and that there were several smaller cancer cells here and there not far from the tumor. they tell me that I need to focus on recovering from this surgery and as soon as I was physically ready they would try to remove the tumor. they set me up to start meeting with cancer specialists to discuss the plan of action to deal with the cancer. since this center is so far from my home ( Emory in Atlanta, over an hour ride one way ) we decided to transfer my case to a closer cancer facility to my home. still not able to get food down and several weeks later (after meeting these new cancer specialists and them deciding that I needed to build up my body weight before any chemo treatments) we notice they seem to be almost "putting me off". several weeks pass and they finally tell my ex-wife when she called, "the tumor has grown and they don't feel like there is anything they can do for me at this point"... so they simply said "you need to consider contacting hospice". that basically means people to make you as comfortable as possible until you die. she instantly contacted the original cancer specialists that we were dealing with at Emory's Windship Cancer Center in Atlanta and they told me to get there ASAP. they inform me that indeed my tumor had grown to about fist size and that if I didn't start chemo right away I'd be gone soon. and that even if I do start the chemo IT may kill me anyway. of course I take the chemo. they put me on 5 types of chemo at one time and hit this thing full blast. I'd go in on tuesday... they'd pump me full of chemicals for about 4 hours then send me home with a portable pump til friday when I return to have the pump removed. than I'd get a week with no treatment. I'm in my "off week" of the 2nd cycle right now and the side effects are getting more severe with each treatment. tingling and numbness in my hands and fingers, serious fatigue ( just getting out of the bed in the morning is incredibly difficult most days), hair loss... weight loss (I'm currently at 96 lbs) and sores inside my mouth making everything I attempt to eat taste horrible. and I STILL can't get food to go down into my stomach so I'm not gaining any weight (they tell me that the restriction now is the tumor and that when and IF the chemo reduces the size of the tumor my eating will improve). thats where I am right now... basically starving myself to death while I take chemo and wait for the first test to see if the chemo is even helping me while I deal with all the side effects. soo... thats my story. I sincerely appreciate any and all thoughts and prayers that I can get... I'm trying so hard to keep positive and I'm completely overwhelmed by the amount of people who have taken the time to tell me they are there for me... taking time to talk with me and give me support... it's been amazing and I thank you all. if there is any silver lining to all of this it's that I have a chance to make sure I've let everyone in my life know how I feel about them... and try to make right anything in my life I feel needs attention. that includes my relationship with god.. wich wasn't what it should have been for so many years. sometimes we need a little help putting the things that matter in life into the proper order. this one did it for me. -KC
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:13 PM
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Wow... I don't think there is anything I can say that will help you in all this. The only thing I can offer is my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. It's sad that a person with so much to offer this world is faced with this great of a problem. I hope you find the strength inside yourself to make it through all this...

Everything aside this makes you stop and think. I myself have refused to go to the doctor for the "little things" it just goes to show that you never know what's going on inside.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:18 PM
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I am sorry to hear this. Me and my family will pray for you and continue to pray for you till your full recovery!Keep the positive attitude things will work out fine
God bless!!
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:21 PM
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I cant even imagine what you are going through. My prayers are with you and i wish you the best of luck in overcoming the tumor.

Good luck
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:43 PM
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good luck and dont give up.. you can beat this thing just keep a positive attitude, and keep fighting..
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:50 PM
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I have heard bits and peaces but had no idea it was this advanced. Obviously nothing I can say to make things any better but stay positive and take comfort in the fact your family is behind you, your real family and your scale family. My prayers are with you and your loved ones during this stressful time. I can't wait to celebrate your FULL recovery. On a side note, how is the financial situation? I'm sure we could raise a few bucks to help out if needed.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:58 PM
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My thoughts and prayers to you as well. I hope you get well as soon as you can.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:25 PM
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You and your family have my thoughts and prayers! You can beat this thing and will be back out on the trail in no time!
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:58 PM
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Sry to hear about your situation.
I have health problems my self, I do not wish bad health on anyone.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:07 PM
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kc that is some serios stuff your going through allprayers and good luck go out to you man
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:10 PM
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Hang in there, You have my thoughts and prayers with you during this tough time. God can do anything, and remeber it is the time for miracles. Keep it positive.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:43 PM
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god bless..and my prayers are with you,its the fighters that make it through these hard times,and were going to see if you are a fighter,i hope things work out for you and in the end we will be looking back on this and laughing about it,you seem like a good person to me and i hope the best for you...mike..
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:18 AM
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Thats right KC. Like others have said, God can do anything.

I will pray for you and your family. I will pray that God will give you all peace during this time. I will pray that His will be done and understanding will be given to you all. Have faith in Him and accept His free gift of salvation. Read the book of James in the Bible. Its a great book and very encouraging.
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:33 AM
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I'm at a loss for words..........

Keep fighting the good fight KC! That's all anyone can do.
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:37 AM
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Keep fighting the good fight KC! That's all anyone can do.
this is exactly right!!!the good lord will provide the fighting power for you!!
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