Recently diagnosed and feeling alone

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Hi, 

I'm a 23 year old female that was recently diagnosed with Barrett's oesophagus. 

I'm so confused as to how I could have this when the usual age frame is 50+? 

The more I read up on it, the more terrified I feel. 

Are there any other young people suffering from this? I feel so alone.

I don't want to take the medication that is prescribed as it'll make me dependent on it but then there's the risk of cancer

Has anyone had any luck reversing their Barrett's? 

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    There is the ablation technique already referred to. Also already referred to, is the fact that regular monitoring with endoscopies catch anything sinister at an early, curable stage. Try to take comfort in this. Regular scopes and medication should result in a long and happy life as long as you allow yourself that luxury. I know how difficult it is to not worry but the odds are very heavily in your favour that you will be fine. You are doing everything right, you are on their radar. Try to spend at least half an hour a day breathing slowly and deeply and listening to your favourite music and also do this whenever you feel your anxiety rising. Be happy sweetie...
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    Currently, Barrett's esophagus can not be reversed. However, less than 2% turns cancerous. Just make sure you get the endoscopy every 3 yrs.

    Best of luck.

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    After my cryoablation, my doctor said there is no Barrett's left and the pictures of the area show a nice normal esophagus.  They will monitor we every three months to make sure  it doesn't come back. I was extremely fortunate  to be referred to one of the leading doctors treating Barrett's.  Right now I don't have Barrett's.  

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