December 18, 2019

Today I discovered my life in 2020 will head in an unexpected direction. It starts with 5 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed by surgery to remove the bottom section of my esophagus and top third of my stomach. I have Esophageal cancer. The insert image to the right is the location of my tumors.

Other than some problems swallowing, I am a healthy, physically fit 66-year-old, 84 kg (185 lb), Canadian male. I cycle, run, work out and since June 2017, I reduced my body weight by a third from almost 127 kg (280 lbs) to 84 kg (185 lbs) and my waist from 111 cm (44 inches) to 87 cm (35 inches). In addition to increased exercise, I have transitioned to a plant-based diet, smaller portions, and avoid consumption of processed food as much as possible.

I find it remarkable that I feel this good with such a dark health challenge on the horizon. I plan to face what comes with dignity, courage, humour, grace and faith in God.