Author: Kimberley Norris
We loved the Bluffton area, with Savannah’s charm just a short drive away. We agreed it was time to begin looking for a small retirement home… blissfully ignorant of what was to come.
A year later, November of 2017. I was having my annual physical, and Rick sat in the waiting room, bored. He happened to pick up a pamphlet that said if you’re of a certain age, were ever a smoker and have a history of melanoma, you should have a CT scan. So, pamphlet in hand, Rick walked into our doctor’s office and set it up. The CT scan showed something in the esophagus. Then a PET scan led to an esophagus biopsy. His diagnosis was stage IIIA distal esophageal adenocarcinoma. Esophagus cancer. No symptoms. No warning. This was just before Christmas of 2017.