Anticipation as A Fear

Just got off of my fifth PET Scan since my operation.  Deep in your heart you know that the scan will turn out okay, especially if it was preceded by four clear PET Scans.  However, the anxiety is still there because the surprise may be just like the surprise of being told you have cancer after leading a healthy and fit life.

In my case I have spent a life in stressful jobs and as a result have had acid reflux probably for 25 or more years.  When you have acid reflux you feel lousy but pop a Tums or some such thing.  As it got worse a couple of years ago, I started using Prilosec (Omeprazole DR).  It helped cut back on the acid stomach.  What I didn’t know was that although the acid reflux had improved, the die was cast and the cancerous growth inside of me had already started.

I guess what I am trying to say to anyone who will listen to me, you might have to get your head from up in the clouds or where ever it might be and heed the warning signs.  Gastro-esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing forms of cancer and basically the only foot print is acid reflux.  If you have had prolonged acid reflux, take your heartburn seriously.  More information about Gastroesophageal Reflex is available at:  www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/#2.