I'm a 61 year old female who was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. I completed 6 weeks of chemo and radiation and after about two and a half months had an esophagectomy. I was in the hospital for 8 days and am now recovering at home. I'm doing okay but still having some trouble with breathing (was sent home with a nebulizer). No pain, per se. I'm on a feeding tube at night and trying to eat soft foods several times during the day. I don't have much of an appetite. I lost my voice, though, and find that very depressing, as it makes me feel very isolated--I live alone and would love to be able to pick up the phone and reach out to friends and relatives. I have my first post-discharge appointment with the surgeon tomorrow.
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