Thursday, February 25, 2010

One year ago today

One year ago, at about 7:15PM, I was in DC and I received the phone call from the Dr. with the first PSA results. She said

your PSA is 40.6 which is very high and given the fact your brother had prostate cancer, we're going to assume you have cancer until proven differently"

And there it began, the whirlwind of Dr visits, tests, waiting for results, more tests, more waiting, highs, lows, good news, bad news.....being poked, prodded and had so many Dr visits I felt like I was on the payroll.

By the time March 30th came along, I had read 2 books (over 1,000 pages), visited hundreds of websites and became more educated about prostate cancer than I ever wanted to.

oh yeah, it's been an interesting 12 month journey and I'm lucky to have had more support than I ever dreamed about. Thanks to everyone.

Here's to a smoother year,


Sunday, February 21, 2010

follow up with the surgeon

I had a follow up appointment last week with Dr. Moul and what was nice was he patiently sat with me and spent some time. Usually he's so frantically busy that I don't get any more than 5 minutes of his time.

this time was different, we talked about my progress on hormone therapy and discussed some drugs that are either in late clinical trials or about to be approved by the FDA (that's the hope anyway).

I told him about the fact that I record every Dr. appointment where discussions take place letting me listen to them later or to have Kathy listen if she wasn't there. I told him that almost everything we heard from our very first Dr. meeting with Dr. Gaston here in Charlotte has come true. Then I asked the important question....

Will you ever be able to say I'm "cancer free"?
Well, his hesitation and somewhat stumbling response gave me my answer, most likely no.
Oh well, the glass is still half full and as I've said all along, I'm 'kickinPC' whether it likes it or not. I have too much yet to do.

Oh, btw, the weather finally turned for the better, low 60's today and yesterday so I was finally able to get out and swing a golf club. Awesome feeling I must admit :)

Make it a great week

Saturday, February 13, 2010

okay, enough is enough...

I moved to Charlotte to live in a warmer climate...yeah right. This is been the coldest winter so far and last night 3 inches of snow fell.


But it could be worse, just ask DC area folks.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Louis Gossett Jr.

Another famous person with in six men will get prostate cancer.
Help raise awareness, tell a friend, brother, father, neighbor, ask them to take a simple blood test.
Men should get their PSA checked at the age of 40.

The last post I was 'ready for spring'...hell, the whole country is given the snow storms. It's snowing right now in Atlanta and yesterday Dallas got 12+ inches and it even snowed in Mobile, AL.
MOBILE!...look at the map, yeah, it's waaaay south. Global warming my ass....tell that to my utility company before they send me my bill.

What a great Super Bowl, congrats to New Orleans, if any city needed that, it was them.
Next year Detroit needs to win it.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Okay, ready for spring....

Lots of topics today:
Holy man, I thought moving to NC would get me some relatively nice weather, not lately.
Cold is the word, about 12-15 degrees below normal. I'm ready for spring
Oh and rain too, I'm almost finished with the much for the drought we had, lake levels are full. I guess rain is much better than the 2+ feet of snow the VA, DC, MD area is getting, sorry folks but you can have it.

Pinewood Derby next week: Bradley and I are building his car for the annual Derby with the cub scouts, every scout looks forward to this. Last year he did well, hopefully better this year.

Ready or not, March Madness is not too far away...can't wait. In the meantime, some great games taking place. # 8 Georgetown just beat # 2 Villanova....that'll make some folks happy.

Health: feeling alright, frustrated with my increase in weight and lack of energy due to the medication but what can you do other than do the best I can. I need to get back in the swing of daily walks. Spread the word, 1 in 6 men get prostate cancer, help raise awareness.

Be well everyone