In late November of 2020 I had my annual physical, complete with blood test and prostate exam.
Guys, if you’ve never had a prostate exam, you really ought to experience it. This clip from the movie Fletch is pretty accurate and puts a little humor into the unenviable situation.
Genetics play a large part in the development of prostate cancer and since my father had it, my physician, Dr. Ebersole has been vigilant when it comes to my PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) levels. During the last number of years, my levels had been gradually increasing, but in November there was a significant jump and he referred me to a urologist to take a closer look. After an initial consultation with Dr. Bolduan, a biopsy was scheduled and the results were positive for a tumor. The idea that cancer would be part of my story was not one that I had considered and the news was devastating.
However, early detection is a good thing. My physical fitness is a good thing.
Radiation and chemotherapy are not necessary at this juncture, but surgery and removal of the prostate is. I have been referred to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a leader in the field of robotic prostatectomy surgery and, unless something unforeseen is found during surgery, it appears to be entirely curable. This too is good. So good!!
Brenda and I appreciate your prayers as we await a surgery date. God is with us and your encouragement and love is a gift and we are grateful!
P.S. The picture has nothing to do with this post except that it too, is beautiful and good. I captured it this morning out of a second story window at R5M.
We will be praying for you. Glad you were vigilant and caught it early.
Thank you Jb!
My prayers will be with you. So glad you caught it early on.
Thank you Sam!
Glad for the comfort of the Spirit and the wisdom of our medical professionals. Thanks for sharing honestly, Gene.
Thank you Tyler!
Gene! So sorry to hear the breaded cancer news😜
You will be in our prayers continually and remember!
You are loved and God will carry you through this journey🙏🙏🙏
Thank you Marge!
Definitely praying for healing. Bless you and Brenda.
Thank you so much, Jan!
Phil Wickman’s song The battle belongs to you comes to mind in this situation. It’s HIS battle to fight and He has it under control. And also Jeremy Camps song out of my hands and into Yours. We will be, on our knees, praying along side you and your family through this process. Praying for complete and quick healing for you and hope for you and your family. Do you have a surgery date yet??
Thank you, Jill! I finally have an appt for an initial consultation with the surgeon but no surgery date yet.