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UPDATE 06-30-06: THING STILL LOOK WITH KEEPING THE PROSTATE CANCER IN CHECK BY THE USE OF HORMONE SHOTS. I ENJOY BEING A "CANCER SURVIVOR"!

07-02-04 UPDATE YESTERDAY 07-01-04 AFTER SURGERY TO SEE WHY MY BLADDER WOULD NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY, MY DOCTORS GAVE ME THE BAD NEWS = MY PROSTATE CANCER WAS BACK. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE NEWS HAS YET TO SETTLE WITH ME AND MY FAMILY. BUT -- AS DAYS PROGRESS INTO TREATMENT IT WILL!

I IMMEDIATELY STARTED HORMONE THERAPY. I CAN NOT HAVE RADIATION AGAIN AS THERE IS SO MUCH DAMAGE FROM THE FIRST RADIATION TREATMENTS I WOULD BE WORSE OFF THAN I WAS WHEN I ENTERED THE HOSPITAL.

I WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE THE HORMONE THERAPY THE REST OF MY LIFE ==== WHICH I PLAN TO DO FOR MANY MORE YEARS!!!


OCTOBER 5, 2005


Had my 12 week checkup and hormone shot and doc was VERY pleased with the progress and now stablity.

He said I am doing far better than he anticipated with my PSA remaining at ZERO and everything says OKay with the CANCER in check.

Of course I will remain with the fatigue and soreness from the radiation on my first bout with this awful disease.... and other ailments now that add to it!

THE BOTTOM LINE is my CANCER is in CHECK as long as I getmy hormone shot every 12 weeks. SOUNDS GREAT TO ME!


Please excuse the messy updates. Just trying to give courage to others battling any form of CANCER that there is always hope !


THANK YOU DEAR LORD •••••

FEBRUARY 18, 2003

WE HAVE REACHED THAT IMPORTANT LEVEL ------

FIVE YEARS CANCER FREE !!!

KAY AND I EVER SO THANKFUL!


† † † THE FIRST UPDATE WAS WRITTEN ON MARCH 31,IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2000 † † †

ΆΆΆ A few weeks ago I went through a battery of examinations with my CANCER doctor at the hospital's CANCER CENTER in the morning and more at the office of my urologist in the afternoon ! It was a rough day to say the very least !!!

• • • BUT, PRAISE GOD, it was well WORTH IT !

BOTH doctors said they could NOT find any evidence of CANCER and assured me that everything is OKay ! SO, another year is attached to my PROSTATE CANCER being in remission.

They noted that the radiation/hormone therapy was successful and felt there was very little if any possibility of it coming back ! The size of my prostate is now very small and my PSA blood level has remained as LOW AS IT COULD register !



Ά Ά Ά I still have steady soresness in the groin and I am very tired all the time. The doctors say that there is alot of damage to some surrounding tissues, etc. from the intense radiation and the hormone shots may have "altered" things ! [ They were used to STOP the production of the male hormones immediately as it is "food" for the prostate CANCER ! ]

I took a painkiller given to me by the urologist the last visit and it helped very much. I used up that one-a-day trial supply. I hoped it would not be needed again.

The fatigue is also something I will have to learn to deal with probably the rest of my life -- a long time I pray !

Ά Ά Ά HOWEVER, as the urologist said, "Which would you rather have -- CANCER ? OR FATIGUE ? End of argument !!!!!!



AUGUST 2001
€€€€€€THE BATTLE CONTINUES TO BE WON after having my latest six-month check-up. The prostate remains VERY small and the PSA level = "ZERO". And, the fatigue and soreness remains due to damage done by the very intensive radiation attack needed to stop my rare rapidly progressing CANCER! That is OKay by me STILL being CANCER FREE.

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† † † Another six month checkup with Urologist €€€€
 And ANOTHER SIX MONTHS WITH NO CANCER !
Doc says he seriously doubts that the CANCER ever will come back. And, he again advised me that the fatigue and groin soreness will remain. He said the prostate remains extremely small and the PSA level is as low as it could get!

My successful recovery continues because I had a checkup that not only found the CANCER, but caught it early enough to STOP it!


FEBRUARY 18, 2002 == HAD MY LATEST SIX MONTH CHECKUP: STILL NO CANCER!!!! And the soreness and fatigue continues as expected. Better than CANCER!

AUGUST 20, 2002

GOD has given me another SIX MONTHS "CANCER" FREE!
I had my regular six month checkup today and everything was OKay. Again, PRAISE THE LORD!

Doc wants me to use a pain killer more often as the pain/soreness from the CANCER/radiation persists and again he says it will always be there as a "reminder". OK!

He did, however, think that I recently passed a kidney stone and should see him if symptoms appear again! Whew!


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GET THAT CHECKUP
TO STOP ALL
FORMS OF CANCER !
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Ά Ά Ά Now that I have had CANCER and it is still in remission, I value each moment more than most people could realize ! It is a fearful thing as you will read further in my pages on CANCER. And, I cannot rid myself of that fear...the fear that it will return.
I am happy that I can share these thoughts in hopes they will help others if they are stricken with CANCER or have a loved one -- family or friend -- develop any form of CANCER.

Anything YOU can do to help our CANCER researchers find a way to prevent CANCER, PLEASE help ! There is never enough $$$$ to fund this research ! Do not wait until you are the one who gets it or someone you care about gets it to take action!


Ά Ά Ά And, if you want to talk to a CANCER SURVIVOR just click here for POPS E-MAIL and I will be more than glad to HELP if I can !



EVERYDAY CAN BE Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for, and of course one main thing is my continued winning against CANCER !

I still have the fatigue and the soreness. But, I refrain from using the potent painkiller and depend on over the counter stuff ! Hopefully, I will not need the painkiller, but I want my body to be able to use it should it become needed !

PLEASE !

FOR YOUR SAKE !

GET THAT ANNUAL CHECKUP !

EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO CURE !


SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE A CURE FOR CANCER -IF YOU HELP $$$$


GO TO THE WORLD OF POPS INTRO
READ:
POPS ON CANCER - MY STORY
There is light at the end of the tunnel for a CURE for CANCER !



SAY NO TO CANCER AND YES TO BEING A SURVIVOR