The Blessings of a Redo

The Blessings of a Redo
Two days after my disastrous Florida vacation (read my last blog), I had a second vacation scheduled. My wife and I planned to meet our eldest son and his wife on a 10–day RV trip to Yellowstone. They were flying in, while we drove our RV. Unfortunately, I returned home from Florida so sick that we had to cancel the trip. I was devastated. My illness ruined not one, but two vacations. Since our daughter–in–law is expecting in October, this was our first and last opportunity to camp together without children. Sometimes life gives us a redo. To our delightful surprise, my son was able to change their flight reservations without penalty, and my daughter–in–law was able to reschedule her vacation. My wife and I are meeting them in Yellowstone in two days! I'm on the road to Yellowstone as I write this blog. My heart is brimming with gratitude for this opportunity for a redo. Sometimes life does not allow for redos. When that occurs, we are stuck with the negative, sometimes tragic consequences. A dear friend of mine was taking a shower when her phone rang. Rather than allow her answering machine to pick up the message, she decided to answer. On her way out of the shower, she fell and broke her hip. She experienced multiple complications following surgery, which led to her death. She died because she hurried out of the shower to answer a phone call that didn't need to be answered. She might still be here today had she allowed her answering machine to pick up the message. In the last six years, I've heard from many widows whose husbands never bothered to have their prostate checked until they were experiencing symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. According to this survey, nearly seven in 10 men ignore these symptoms and further delay treatmen
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  1. Timothy J Yarnall Sr says:

    In 2002 @ 40 I decided to have Urologist examine me and ask for my first PSA test. My brother At 55 in 2000 was diagnosed and had radical Prostectomy. The first known p/cancer in our family. He was in the military, Vietnam vet, exposed to agent orange, civilian life aft VN was working in a curing room of a major tire corp. when the factory closed he went back into the service.

    My dr didn’t want to do PSA because prostate was much real in size, no bumps or lumps, no symptoms. I demanded the test. PSA came back at 10.1, retested 10.1. Biopsies performed and had T1C (aggressive), Gleason Score of 4+3. Off to Johns Hopkins I went. Had radical prostectomy. Was told confined to prostate, 21 lympnodes clean, free area clean, one nerve bundle spared. PSA went below min detectable. No negative symptoms. Back to work in 8 weeks (did climbing so had to wait 8 weeks). I felt at 4 weeks I could return but hopkins said, no can do. 2009 PSA returned to 0.1, examined and said well monitor, 2010 PSA went to 0.2, examined and said we will wait but if it goes to .3. In 2011 it went to .3.

    9 yrs later I was considered reoccurring p/cancer. Many options again at Hopkins I chose hormone time release injection 60 days out then 37 radiation treatments over the next 5 weeks. PSA went below min detect.

    2017 April, PSA test scheduled and Medicare kicked it out. After some fancy coding and a phone call test approved. PSA less than 0.1, what it’s been since radiation treatments at hopkins in 2011.

    My advice, be aggressive in your testing. Don’t take no for an answer. I’ve had friends with much better numbers than me that are deceased. My younger brother (2 yrs younger than me at 60 was diagnosed and went robotics at hopkins. My father is 93, his brother 94, both in good health.

    Don’t take no for an answer. Be aggressive in treatments and testing.

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