Well its turkey day again this Thursday and I will be travelling tomorrow to Laguna Beach California, so I am sending you all a very Happy Thanksgiving a couple days early. My thanksgiving prayer this year is going to be extra special. Last year I did not have a great time during the holidays. I wasn't really up to it. I had all the same faces but I was a little flat on the enthusiasm for the holiday season. Not this year. It hasn't started yet but let's rock! What am I thankful for? If I had to write it out...:
Thank you to my wife, Ruthie. I can't imagine the strain this has placed on her, but she is resilient and without her...sorry can't write it!
Thank you to God for caring for our baby for nine years, now. I can't wait to see him, and I miss him so much, I am certain that in God's hands he's now a fine young man.
Thank you to my dad. He has been the ultimate love and support I have always wanted him to be.
Thank you to my mother. She has been through alot, God has been caring for my step father for nine years now, too. We lost Danny the same day as our baby to cancer.
Thank you to all our family members.
Thank you to my new coworkers. I can't imagine where we'd be if they hadn't been so willing to add an employee with stage III cancer.
Thank you to all health care professionals who have helped me.
Thank you to Blackie, Mickey, Dirty Harry, Sebastian, and the newbie...Charlie! (one dog ~ four cats)
Thank you to my friends. So many to name, but you all are included.
Dear God, This year has been the most spirtual of my life and for that I am very thankful. I am so grateful to you for allowing me to finally really accept you into my heart, for giving me a chance to do so, and for your forgiveness. Thank you for your loving hand and guidance over this last year. I pray that you do the same for my friends with cancer, that you have done for me. I pray that you have our child in your love and beside you if and when I arrive to be with you with your blessings. Amen.
May God Bless you all that are here. And Thank you!
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.