Esophageal Cancer Patient Stories

  • Marlin Beach

    Marlin Beach

    In 2007, for the first time in his life, Marlin Beach had trouble eating. During every meal, food would become stuck in this throat. Instead of seeking medical attention, Marlin secretly hoped it would go away. Fortunately, his wife of 35 years, Bonnie, knew it would not disappear on its own. In the spring of 2008, she finally convinced him to go to the doctor. After several rounds of tests, they learned that Marlin's inability to swallow food properly was caused by a malignant tumor on his esophagus.

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  • Barbara Cremean

    Barbara Cremean

    Beating the odds is old hat to Barbara Cremean. In 1998, after dropping her daughters off at school, she was hit head on by a drunk driver. "I was on my way to the most important meeting of my career—and my life changed in an instant," recalled Barbara. She underwent spinal fusion surgery and started the long road to recovery. Little did she know, her serious health problems had just begun.

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  • James Ferraro

    James Ferraro

    Jim Ferraro has always been a 'glass half full' kind of guy. Retired from the defense industry, he is inspired by nature and the outdoors, the love of his close family and his faith in God.

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  • Richard Johnson

    Richard Johnson

    Almost everyone faces challenges in his or her lifetime. For Rich Johnson, his life alterning challenge was a shocking diagnosis of esophageal cancer in May 2008. He was 50 years old. His immediate thoughts were to find out what treatment was available; which cancer centers offered leading treatment; and where he could find the country's top cancer specialists.

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  • Robert Kabaci

    Robert Kabaci

    Bobby Kabaci suffered from heartburn since he was a child. Growing up, he became so used to it that it never really occurred to Bobby to go to his doctor. As someone who works in the medical field, Bobby's mother kept insisting that he see his doctor. "I finally thought that if I went to the doctor, my mom would stop bugging me to go!" laughed Bobby.

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