My husband of 40 years was just diagnosed with eosphageal cancer,we were six months into retirement and travelling around Australia in our caravan,he just started to have a bit of trouble swallowing and put it down to eating too fast, after a couple of months it got worse and he was vomiting his food soon after eating, then started to lose weight.I made him go to a Doctor in far North Queensland,and it was suggested we return to a bigger town to get a complete diagnoses,well we did, and that is where it all happened,the Surgeon then suggested we return to our home town in Sydney as they had better facilities.
We arrived back in Sydney after a long journey and are now parked on our daughters front lawn in our caravan, not the ideal situation as we did not have a home of our own to return to, and the caravan parks in Sydney are notoriously expensive and we are both on a pension. However we are grateful to be close to family at this time.
Saw a local doctor at the medical centre where he had been attending over the years we lived here as he had a heart bypass back in 2006,showed him the scans from Rockhampton and letter showing what they had found, and he immediately referred us to a Surgeon in the area,got to that appointment and the whole test thing started over again, it just seems to drag on and on with no real results,they have done CT scans,countless blood tests,Pet scans,endoscopies,(Rockhampton,Sydney)both of these were aborted because the tumor is now obstructing 3/4 of his tube.Biospies were done this week from the second endoscopy and we now have to wait another week to see the specialist again to get any more results, it is really frustrating.
I know that these things do takes time, but watching Les having trouble eating and feeling useless because his right shoulder is giving a lot of pain as well,(which is giving me to suspect that the cancer has spread outside)and he cannot do the things he used to do.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.