I glanced over at my Dad yesterday seated at the head of the table on Thanksgiving Day. He looked so happy surrounded by his family.He and my mother have been married for 57 years now. My family has so much to be grateful for. Love, happiness, togethernes and so many other intangibles that make up the American Dream.
My Dad and I have always been close. He showed me how to pitch and catch a baseball; how to solve those mysterious math problems; to love and appreciate my country and, like him, to serve when duty called. Most importantly, by example, he demonstrated what it takes to be a good and decent man.
My Dad and I also share a very special bond...prostate cancer. I was diagnoised first in 2005, his was a late diagnosis a year later. This was a terrible blow to my family. First me then my dad with an "long undetected" PSA of over 70. I could speak about Dr. error or what might have been with early detection.
Rather, I would like to remind you of what most already know...this disease can be passed from generation to generation. Heridity plays such an important role in developing the disease. According to Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Book, " If a first-degree relative (your father or brother) has had the disease, you are two and a half times as likely to be diagnosed. With two first-degree relatives, your risk soars to five to ten times higher than that of a man with no family history." And it can also be inherited from your mother's side of the family.
Now I have a younger brother (51) who does not have prostate cancer. Should he live his life waiting for the "bomb" to drop. No. He has discussed his family history with his physician and has his PSA tested more often than most men. And, and so far so good.
And my Dad and me? Well we played a little golf last summer and he is doing fine. He is on hormone therapy, a regimn of Casodex and Lupron shots. His PSA has dropped to an amazing 1. Me? Well I have a high-risk prostate cancer (what cancer isn't high risk?), but am very optimistic. And my brother has a 21 year old son. Hopefully, a cure will be found for this awful disease before it becomes a factor in his life.
My family, like yours, plays a very important role in both of our recoveries. We all look forward to being together for many holidays to come.
God Bless You and Your Family,
Diagnosed: 12/03/05; Biopsy: Gleason 10; HT: 12/15/05; RRP 02/14/06: EBRT: May thru July '06; Current PSA .03(09/21/07) Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement, Gleason 9, Age 55
Post Edited (veteran1) : 11/23/2007 10:32:35 AM (GMT-7)