You are probably reading this because you or someone you love has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and is facing or has recently had a gastrectomy.
We have been there. We understand. Gary survived two grueling years of stomach cancer treatment and recovery with Anne as his primary caregiver and front line point person.
We know how scary it is. We know how hard it is to find good, practical, encouraging information, particularly for that huge adjustment period following surgery.
We decided to create this website to share our insights and to provide reassurance that your life and your eating can return pretty much to normal after a gastrectomy. We are hoping other stomach cancer survivors will pass along their tips so we can share their experiences as well. This site does NOT offer medical advice or information.
Although we recognize it is not always the case, this site is based on the assumption you WILL survive. We base this assumption on our belief, and experience, that a stubborn, pig-headed, obstinate belief that you will survive is a major factor in being cured. As Gary said, “I’ll be damned if I was going to let cancer kill me, and it didn’t.”
We are a success story. We want to share that success story and what we have learned from it so you might become a success story as well.
We wish you the best possible outcome from your journey through stomach cancer treatment.
Anne & Gary Olson
PS Gary was dammed if he was going to let stomach cancer kill him, and it didn’t. Unfortunately, sudden cardiac arrest did. Gary, who had preexisting arrhythmia issues and a family history of sudden cardiac death, died in March 2014 at age 65.
Gary was nearly 4 years out from his stomach cancer diagnosis when he died. As far as we know, he was cancer-free and his death was not related to his cancer diagnosis.
At the time of his death, Gary was feeling good and enjoying life to the fullest. He would want those of you reading this to continue to see this website as a message of hope that you too can survive stomach cancer and once again enjoy life.