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.