At our family gatherings on Christ's Birthday, before we dive into the Christmas feast, we each in turn , as I'm sure many of you do as well, offer something to be thankful for. The proclaimations usually go something like this; "I'm thankful for the new grandchildren", "our new home", "the new car we always wanted", "having the mortgage finally paid off", "that latest job promotion", etc.
Having this disease has changed me in so many profound ways. This year, my mantra will go something like this;
"I'm thankful that God watched over me and my surgeon and gave him the skill and guided his hands to remove this cancer.
I'm thankful that God gave me the strength to deal with it . . .and to survive it.
And, I'm very thankful for each day that God allows me the priviledge of opening my eyes to enjoy HIS gift of a new day and to share in HIS gift of time with my family!"
If having this disease has taught me anything, it is that it doesn't make any difference who you are; it doesn't make any difference how much money you've got in the bank, how many degrees you have or what you do for a living, nor does it matter what possessions you have acquired in your life. What makes the difference is - you have one more day of life. What a terriffic Christmas gift!
Regards to all for a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2007;
Age 59 - psa 2.5 to 4.5 in 11 mon.
9-17-06: DRE - enlarged prostate & nodule L/S
10-17-06: Biopsy Report: 3+3, 3+3, 3+4
10-30-06: CT & Bone Scan - OK
11-13-06: 2nd CT & chest X-ray - OK
11-28-06: Physical Therapy - Intro to Kegals
11-30-06: Pre-Op for Surgery
12-06-06: Robotic surgery
12-11-06: Catheter out - Total Control
12-12-06: Path report - more cancer area than biopsy indicated. Right nerve bundle saved. Appears confined to prostate. Nodes & Vessels clean.
Cancer is what we HAVE
"Cancer SURVIVORS is who we'll be!!"