We’ve all felt this; George Karl said it

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   Posted 2/17/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   

On ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning, I heard George Karl put into words a thought that I recall, and that probably all of us recall, and it serves as a reminder to us as we continue to counsel other newcomers.

“I still wake up and say ... 'I have cancer.' I wake up in the morning and, 'Oh, my God.' “

Remember that feeling? 


He went on to say

“Cancer is a ***** to have. I don't care if it's a curable one or an uncurable one. There are not guaranteed contracts in this gig.”


Coach Karl, who I still remember will from his college days as a Tar Heel basketball player, announced that he has a throat and neck cancer which requires immediate treatment—combined radiation & chemo began yesterday.  Karl had prostate surgery in 2005.


(George Karl is currently the coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.)

Post Edited (Casey59) : 2/17/2010 9:42:09 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL-- well, I for one say that to myself every morning! I find that with more info I get a bit less agitated--- but it's there....
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.2
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca
location rt apex
waiting for second opinion and prostascint scan and treatment... scared.

mountain man
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Coach Karl is right on!
I doubt the feeling ever goes away. I remember the first few months, cancer was ALL I thought about. Every waking moment (and lots of asleep moments too). After surgery it got better, esp after my first zero. A few weeks ago I told my wife one night that I'd only thought about PCa a couple of times that day, so must mean I was making progress! But with next psa test looming next week, struggling to keep the "I've got cancer" fears at bay.
age 56 (DX at 55) 
psa 6/09 - 4.0; 1/07 - 1.2
biopsy 8/09 gleason 3+3=6; T1C; 2 of 12 cores (40%/50%)
RRP 10/20/09, B&W/Faulkner Boston, Dr Jim Hu 
path report gleason 3+4=7; T2C NX MX; 1.9 cm & 10%
perineural invasion present
lymphatic invasion present
margins & seminal vesicles negative
lymph nodes not tested
post op psa 11/23/09 - 0.0!
no incontinence after cath removal (confidence pads for 1 wk)
ED complete so far (but some signs of life)

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