Second Opinion/Winship Race 9.24.12

Last week Shelly, Parker, and I flew up to NYC to meet with Dr. David Ilson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. We wanted to have a consultation with the world-renowned Esophageal Cancer Specialist to understand more about the disease and my life with the disease. After reviewing hundreds of pages of documents, Dr. Ilson suggested that the Esophagectomy surgery was not in my best interest at this time. He felt strongly that since the chemo therapy is working to reduce the cancerous tumors, there is no reason to go that route yet. The esophagectomy is very traumatic to the human body and would almost be treated as a last resort due to the complications during and post surgery. So for now and until further notice I will be having more chemo cocktails! I am certainly pleased that we could have possibly avoided a major catastrophe if I had been impatient and pushed for the surgery sooner rather than later. Other than the meeting with Dr. Ilson, we had a wonderful time in the city; it had been ages since I had been there.

On another note, please come out and support Emory and the Winship Cancer Institute on October 13th for a road race.

The race is only a 5k, so you really do not have an excuse to not to join us! We have a great support group already signed up under “Team Hayden”. All ticket sales and donations benefit cancer research. I will be speed walking (sans fanny pack) so catch me if you can!



**Chemo starts back tomorrow and to my understanding, I will be on the same schedule for a while (every other week)

9/25/12 – Infusion

10/9/12 – Infusion

10/22/12 – Infusion

10/29/12 – CT Scan & MRI

11/6/12 – Infusion

8 thoughts on “Second Opinion/Winship Race 9.24.12

  1. keep up the hard work sweets! your dedication to beating this monster is working
    !wish we could all guzzle one of those chemo cocktails for you! lots of love and continued prayers from jax!

  2. Team Hayden in Alpharetta is praying for you daily. You have an amazing attitude and it is beating this monster. We’ll beef up the candles this week and throw in a few extra prayers for you. Stay strong.

  3. So happy you got a nonconflicting second opinion! I am praying hard for you Hayden!!! Wish I could be at the race but will be there in spirit!

  4. Hayden, been keeping up with your progress via the blog and a few updates from my parents. You are doing an incredible job and it’s very inspiring. Keep the positive vibes going! – Hank

  5. Brother,

    Words cannot describe how inspiring you are to all of us. We will never fail to support you and love you unconditionally. Every second, every minute, and every hour of every day, someone is praying for you and cheering you on. I am sure this road can feel lonely at times, but you are far from alone…hundreds, if not thousands, of people are on Team Hayden.

    Your zest for life, positive attitude, discipline, and hard work is paying off so keep on keepin’ on! Your tests and lab results proves so.

    Many of us will never understand what you are going through (unless you have / have had cancer), but there is one thing I do understand — once you fully recover, your life will be so much sweeter than ours will ever be.

    Keep your head up. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.

    I love you with all my heart.

  6. I like Parker’s quote, “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.” I truly believe that! So great to have the experts confirm your plan of action, Hayden…and so nice to have your brother and your wife by your side…every step of the way! Happy Birthday Weekend! I’ll bet LB is going to be gorgeous!

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