Friday, April 30, 2010

Warrior shirt pays off

Yesterday my travels had me on flight from DFW to Charlotte and i was wearing my 'Warrior' shirt with the big blue ribbon signifying prostate cancer and the gentleman sitting next to me asked about it. We then proceeded to have a conversation about my battle with, and the facts around .
It turns out his father had PC as well.

During the trip, Paul, disappeared for a bit and then came back to his seat and it turns out he was traveling with 5 other co-workers and he brought up PC to them. Bingo...

now 6 more men are aware of prostate cancer, very cool.

one by one, pass it on.

Make it a great day

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Wow, turn down the wait, now turn it up.
Heck, my body can't make up it's mind. One byproduct of the medication I'm on are the hot flashes. Yes men, I'm slowly being turned into a woman in mid-menopaus.

I''m the only guy on the block who can take a walk or run when it's 45 degrees outside and still wear short sleeved shirts and shorts :). With all of the sweating I'm doing, the washer and dryer are getting worked overtime, hah!

I had the good fortune of hearing from someone who's father was diagnosed with PC and he had surgery last week. My new contact, Leslie was seeking someone who could help them through the experience and I'm flattered and happy to help. Prostate Cancer patients unite!!!

On saturday I had a stranger ask me about my cancer and we had a very frank, open discussion. The guy was 29 and mentioned his great grandpa had PC and his grandpa just had surgery and he said he has some symptoms. Bingo, my opportunity to raise awareness...I told him to go get the simple PSA blood test done and I'd be surprised if he didn't. One down, 150 Million men to go...raising awareness is the mission.

Great, great weekend, the weather was wonderful, I had a day with Bradley at a Boy Scout camp, (he's bridging from cub scouts to boy scouts in 2 weeks) and it was great.
My daughter who is in the chamber choir of the Charlotte Children's Choir had a 'private performance' on saturday and it was awesome. Especially seeing Rachel interact with adults, she's growing up and quite mature, I'm so proud.

Well, my health is hanging in there, aside from the recent heavy hot flashes, the weight gain has me bumming a bit, way too much around the belly but even with being active it doesn't seem to go away. Maybe it's time to run a marathon :)

that's it for now, be well everyone.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

breaking the silence

Gosh it's been a while since the last post, time for an update.

Well, spring break vacation took the family to Austin, TX and San Antonio. The first two days the family went to the zoo, did a ride on 'the ducks' among other things while in Austin. I was gladly at a sales meeting ;>

We then headed south to San Antonio but first had to stop at The Salt god it's the best Texas bar-b-que you can find. Hands down. Beef brisket, ribs, slaw, beans, sausage....hell my mouth is watering typing this. If you've never been, you must go.

San Antonio, what a great city....Riverwalk, a slice of heaven. What a great downtown area and of course it had to include The Alamo. I have to say, I've heard about SA for a long time and kick myself for not going sooner. did you know SA is the 7th largest city in America?
we also saw the Natural Bridge Caverns, 180' below the earth, amazing. something I'll remember for the rest of my life.

on the health front, while I've been active, I haven't stepped up to the Dr's request to run and lift weights. tomorrow is a new beginning.

The weather has been great here in Charlotte, pollen season so everything is yellow and the Kleenex supply is running out. Welcome to spring.

more soon,

All the best, Bob