On Monday Dr. Son confirmed the cancer. While we were in his office he called Dr. Ackerman and we set a Tuesday appointment here on the island. Tuesday was a lengthy three hours of testing and talking and setting up all the other test for the next several days. Wednesday was a Pet scan. Thursday we got good news with the Pet scan results in that the cancer is contained within the prostate and there is arthritis in my lower left back. Friday we make a trip to the Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville for Fiducial Seed Placement in my prostate to make targeting more precise for the radiation and a SpaceOAR to separate a couple of organs to keep them away from radiation. I take four pills soon after my arrival and I am aware of what is going on with the biopsy but really didn't care. They had to get Teresa to help get my clothes on as I had sort of gone into nod land. No real discomfort followed nor any pain pills from the procedure. Monday was a Pelvic MRI to verify the SpaceOAR positioning. Tuesday was a CT Scan for final treatment planning. Wednesday was a follow-up with my regular doctor dealing with sinuses and back pain. I then got a week off and then prepared for smooth sailing for 45 treatments within 10 weeks. The tough part is drinking 24 ounces of water before each treatment to fill the bladder. I have discovered it is not all smooth sailing but it is doable. I am trying to hold on strong as a witness to those that are watching me.
January - An in office prostate biopsy that turned out atypical. A colonoscopy the same week that removed one large Pollux. April - A broken femur and three months of rehab and recovery. September - An MRI to get a picture of the prostate. October - A hospital prostate biopsy. Five days later I had numbness in my mouth and was checked for a stroke that turned out negative after many, many test and no answer as to why. It went away within two minutes of Pastor Neil praying for me. Miracle. A doctor visit to clear the allergy and sinus issues discovered in all those test. There was back pain I thought was caused from weak muscles from the broken leg and on a visit to Jesup I had Dr. Bodnar do a chiropractic adjustment and the pain has been gone now for 5 days. Miracle. The biopsy follow up confirmed cancer and tomorrow a visit with yet another doctor to begin a process to kill it with radiation. So January, April, September and October have not been good months for personal health. But I know my God is in control of me and God's Got Me.
I'm a wanna be writer but only dabble with personal stories and illustrations. My true joy is my relationship with God and family. Then comes the music and technology. I'm writing a children's book called Goose Freedom.