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Dave Smith: Leatherworking Texan

"It gives you a real appreciation of being able to step out of bed every morning, feel the carpet under your feet, and kind of stretch a little bit and say, “Another day."

Dave Smith
Esophageal Cancer

My name is Dave Smith. My diagnosis was esophageal cancer and I went to Dr. Diggikar at the south location of Texas Oncology in Arlington.

I have taught leather craft to beginners and advanced leather crafters. I can make as anything small as a keychain or as big as a saddle.

I had gone to a leather show in Sheridan, Wyoming back in May of 2010. I was finding myself extremely tired. I had a tumor right here on my chest, on the side of my esophagus. I felt like somebody hit me with a freight liner. I figured I was going to die.

I had support from my friends, I had support from my church and support from my doctors and all the staff.

When Dr. Diggikar says, "Everything's clean," that was kind of the same thrill because I knew my life was going to change.

I had to go back and start teaching myself again how to use the tools and techniques — and how to hold the tools right, how to make them work for you. It was kind of a new experience all over again.

And then my sweet wife — she was probably one of the best supporters that I had. The show I mentioned in Sheridan, Wyoming, she and I go to that together, and we have lots of friends that we see. We get to go up in the Bighorn Mountains and kind of prowl around, see all the wildlife, take pictures. We just enjoy being with each other. I’m just blessed to be alive and blessed to be with her.

It gives you a real appreciation of being able to step out of bed every morning, feel the carpet under your feet, and kind of stretch a little bit and say, “Another day.”

Getting back in the saddle after treatment

The information included in this testimonial is based on one patient’s unique experience and is not intended to represent all patient outcomes or expectations.