August 23, 2012
Note: You can click on this picture or any picture in the blog to make it bigger. The Hydra which is found in the literature and depicted in statues in many places in Asia is an ancient mythical beast unlike esophageal cancer which is a real modern day beast.
The Lernaean Hydra was pictured as a reptillian like water beast having many heads. If one head was cut off then two more grew back. The breath of the Hydra was extremely poisonous. Hercules killed the Hydra of Lerna who lived in the lake of Lerna. Under this lake was said to be an entrance to the Underworld which was guarded by the Hydra.Sometimes it feels like we cut off the head of esophageal cancer and two grow back but then again like Hercules sometimes our oncologists with great help from the ones who have EC and their friends and caregivers manage to kill the beast.