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I've been recently diagnosed with Barrett's at a fairly young age. I'm 29 and otherwise in perfect health - not overweight, never smoked, exercise, only drink socially. My father has had it for a few years, but was diagnosed later in life and my aunt had esophageal cancer that she detected very late in stages and passed from complications (not from cancer so i'm told) - so it's clear there is some history there.
I think what I'm hoping most for, is to just connect with others and hear success stories that this is something totally livable with and not putting a cap on my life years. I've googled and of course, everything comes up mentioning Cancer - which is terrifying. Additionally, I've read some things from others my own age about how they're coming to terms with potentially leaving their children and spouses behind, which is even more painful to read.
My doctor mentioned my size is very small and there is no dysplasia - which sounds positive. I was prescribed a dosage of PPI's and have been researching diet lifestyles.
More or less, I'm just hoping to hear that I have many, many years ahead of me and I can go on to live life as long and normally as any other person without Barrett's. It is devastating to think that my life could be cut short over something like acid reflux. I also worry that being diagnosed so young, and having more years to live with the disease, will shorten my life, too.
Have many people lived long years with maintaining this?
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