A few months shy of the second anniversary of Michael's cancer diagnosis
and there is no sign of the disease returning. Michael still has scans
every six months to check for cancer lesions and his last scan in February
was clear. There are no guarantees the cancer won't return which, Michael
admits, makes him a bit paranoid.
"I think that's a product of having cancer twice. I'm definitely more
circumspect this time around. Oesophageal cancer doesn't have any blood
markers either and the scans aren't conclusive so I try to listen to my
body," explained Michael.
He feels he is still recovering from the September 2007 surgery that
removed his oesophagus and much of his stomach.
"I am still experimenting with food and eating patterns to see what helps
and what hinders. My digestive system is so abnormal now and there's a lot
of down-time most days," said Michael.