Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Barrett's esophagus

Yesterday I was diagnosed as having Barrett's Esophagus. It is when the esophageal tissue starts changing into the same tissue which represents the intestine. This condition is not reversible and increases my risk of developing esophageal cancer. I now have to eat more meals more regularly, sleep at an angle and have to go for an annual biopsy.

It is a condition which can be managed, and if done well, will not be the cause of death.

I am scared. I don't want this to develop into cancer. I want to see my boys grow up. That's all.


Wallace said...

I was diagnosed with Barrett's a few years back. You need to educate yourself on the options and discuss endoscoppic mucosal resection as well as HALO 360 ablation with your GI specialist. You may be able to eliminate entirely the Barrett's before it can become cancer. I am now in Stage II esophageal cancer - found in a routine endoscopy. You don't want to get here. Do everything you can, surgery, lifestyle, etc to avoid the cancer. I too want to be around to see my two kids grow up !!! Best of luck and God Bless.....

digitaldion (Dion Forster) said...

Rich blessing Wes,

I shall be praying and fasting for you.

In Christ's love,


Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

My dear brother... and colleague:
all my love to you as you face your fear. Please know that the strength of God is with you.

Unknown said...

Hi Wessel
Sorry to hear the news. You can be assured of our prayers. May God sustain you through this time.
Delme, Kim and the boys

Wessel Bentley said...

Dear Wallace,

Please read the new post on my blog. I cannot thank you enough!