Reading other peoples stories, symptoms and experiences really helps highlight to others what you should be aware of and look out for. It can also help people find the courage to make a Doctor's appointment and get checked out. It's so important that we help anyone worrying about a possible symptom or a change in their body or health to take action. It really can make all the difference to be seen sooner rather than later. You might be worrying about nothing at all or, if there is a problem, it could be easier to resolve. Somehow knowing someone else has been through something similar to you, can really help people consider their situation and take action in a way that no other sort of information can.
If you have a story that you think might help others and you don't mind sharing it with us, please get in touch.
Jennifer was shocked when she was diagnosed with Barrett's oesophagus and silent reflux but we're delighted to hear how she's changed her lifestyle for the positive.
Richard's heartburn plagued him for years and he was dependent on Rennie. A Barrett's diagnosis and regular surveillance helped manage Richard's condition and reflux.
Allan Gavin struggled with persistent heartburn. After losing his dad to oesophageal cancer, Allan's wife Lois made sure they took the symptoms seriously. Regular monitoring at Addenbrookes identified cancer early and we are very pleased to say Allan was successfully treated.
Liz Chipchase was part of the BEST3 trial for the cytosponge, headed up by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald. This led to an early diagnosis of oesophageal cancer for Liz and successful treatment.