For me, it's not been a great year, healthwise. First came the hormone shots and back in January went through prostate open surgery which was followed by seven weeks of daily radiation at a hospital 110km. away.
I was tired, somewhat disillusioned and in more than my usual grumpiness. Debbie knew I had been checking the internet about the Great Lakes Tallship Challenge and suggested I try to book a sailing trip on one of the vessels. Got my attention alright but when I showed her the costs and knowing we did not have the extra money, partly because of the many trips for treatment, she offered to pay for the trip with the money she had been saving for a new set of bedroom furniture. How could I say no to that ? Not enough money though for both of us and yet, I did not want to do this alone, so she suggested I ask a best friend if he was interested. Immediate answer was: YES!
So, there we were, Tom & I on a train to Milwaukee on September 3 to board the Bounty for a 6 day non-stop voyage to Erie, PA. for their Tallship Festival. The photos pretty well tell the story, including the cannon fire, just for Debbie as a way of thanking her for allowing me to do this trip. as we passed our apartment building while sailing by my hometown of Sarnia.
We also had a surprise stop-over in Lake Erie on the Island of Put-in-Bay. Great break for us and the crew! On Thursday we were, along with 5 other tallships, part of the Parade of Sail, into the Erie Harbour where thousands of spectators were waiting our arrival and cannon fire.
All great memories of trying to 'learn the ropes' of a tallship.
Thank you Tom for doing this with me and thank you Debbie for the trip.
Here is our facebook page with lots of pictures:
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Calcium: 2.46 (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. Negative.
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Christmas Day got my first hot flashes. Thanks Santa!
Open surgery done on Jan. 20th. by Dr. J. Chin at London's University Hospital.
Cath removel scheduled for Feb. 8th. Yes, I know,
that will be 19 days. Dr. is out of country until then.
Gleason Score: cannot be determined due to hormone therapy effects. ???????
present, left radial, multifocal
present, left basal, multifocal
Apical: involved by invasive carcinoma, multifocal
Bladder Neck: involved by invasive carcinoma, unifocal on left side.Other: non-tumoural prostatic present at resection margin.
Perineural Invasion: present.
Seminal Vesicle Invasion: absent
Lymphovascular Invasion: absent
Lymph Node Status: no malignancy in regional lymph nodes
Additional path. findings:
high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
Pathology Stage: yp T3a NO MX
Radialogist appointment was on Friday Feb. 26 with Dr. Glenn Bauman in London.
Got another Lupron 90 day shot today and he wants to start IMRT soon. CT Scan plus measure scheduled in about 3 weeks. ( march 15)
First PSA test since surgery on March 18th.
with the results of <0.03 !!!
Started a Facebook page for bikers with prostate issues at:
IMRT to started on May 10. Going to get 33 units.