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Arla Shephard

It was last April when Randy Neatherlin noticed he couldn’t swallow food properly. A couple of times a day, food would get stuck in his throat and it would hurt to swallow, said Neatherlin, a long-time Belfair businessman and current Port of Allyn commissioner.

“That feeling of not being able to swallow, that happens — but twice in one day, and on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” he wondered.

He and his wife visited a doctor, who took one look down his throat and confirmed the worst — Neatherlin had stage IV esophageal cancer, a fast-acting disease that had already taken the life of one of Neatherlin’s friends a month and a half prior. read more »

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