I have not been here in a while, and for that I apologize to all of you my brothers and sisters. Been traveling a bit with my wife and trying to live a little normalcy for a while.
But today has prompted me to up date you on the latest of the good news and blessings that have come our way.
First (probably the most important) my wife absolutely loved the the first real trip she has had in the RV. She and her friend were treated like queens by me on their trip to the beach and had a blast. Lynn now fully understands the allure of RV traveling and life and is ready to embrace it full on. I really need to find a way to posts the pictures for you guys. They followed through on their promise of the custom apron. You will remember that they dubbed me "Beach B*tch for the trip and I proudly wore the embroidered apron when cooking. The also presented me with a bottle of champagne labeled "B*tch Bubbly", that they had found during a cooking class they attended.
Next, my son walked the graduation ceremony Saturday and earned his college degree. No small feat for a full time baseball player and he graduated on time in four years with no classes left to be made up. Might I also add he did it with a 3.5 GPA. His team is still playing great ball and it looks like we will be heading to Arkansas for the Regionals next week, May 14-17.
Today I received a letter from the VA, thought it was the good news, but it turned out to be an offer to buy life insurance. But it prompted me to call VA and check on my disability claim. The rep cam back and told me I had been approved for 100% disability because of Agent Orange related PCa and the check had been released last Friday. I should receive it in the next 3-5 days. It was backdated to my original filing date of October 30, 2009 and should be quite a nice check. Should really pay for the traveling expenses and diesel full for a long time to come.
All in all I would say my life continues to be very blessed and it has been a great couple of weeks.
On the PCa front not much new. As you know my last PSA had gone down from 1.5 to 1.2 in 30 days. I am still scheduled for the Sodium Fluoride PET Scan and organ MRI this Friday. My next PSA is scheduled for the following week. Let's all hope that the downward trend continues and the scans all come back clean.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and blessings, they have certainly enriched my life and those of my family members.
You all continue to be in my daily thoughts and prayers,
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun
4/19/10 YAHOO PSA dropped to 1.2 Moving in the right direction.