In 2004, Peter Obetz (left) was diagnosed with esophageal cancer after a tumor was discovered on his esophagus wall. His doctors told him surgery carried a 10 percent risk of death.

Following the surgery Peter’s marriage changed, his job changed, and where he lives changed—he believes for the better. At StoryCorps, he talks with his best friend, Jeff Jarrett (right), about their friendship and those changes.

Peter has been cancer-free since 2009.

Originally aired May 31, 2013, on NPR’s Morning Edition.