I want to clear something up. I've been talking to some & there was some confusion about my cancer. It was mentioned I'm going through preventive care. Not true, I have prostate cancer. They took biopsy's & that showed cancer.The radiation treatments I'm having kill cancer cells along with good cells, & there may be side effects. I'm doing my best not to get emotional, that helps me push myself. I want my mind, along with your prayers to overcome this cancer. I've asked this before, If you don't believe in prayer, give me your good thoughts. I'm acting normal. We all good days & bad days. I meet with my doctor once a week, & gives me a chance to ask questions. One question I had was why two years of hormone shots. The answer was I have high grade cancer with it being most likely that the cancer has spread outside the prostate. It's not definite but most likely. There will be more testing after a total of 40 treatments. I was talking to a patient with a Gleason score of 7. He had his prostate removed, only to find his cancer spread outside the prostate. It appears I made the right choice based on his experience. It helps me to talk about it & I don't mind questions. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Frank
I reserved the Maple Pavilion in Channahon, lower one by the parking lot. I assume the standard stuff, 0900 or so players meeting 0930 start. I guess knowing where it is, is important, Channahon. Club members only & it's free. I would have to go back to the club minutes for more details, trophies & such. Maybe one of the other board members will jump in.
I want to make note that the Chain Reaction in Channahon is $25.00 for current PDGA members. Most tournaments add $10.00 for non PDGA members. The way this is presented is to subtract the $10.00. At first glance it appeared to be $35.00 registration for a C tier.
This has been corrected since I started this post. I'm going to leave it posted just to leave it as a heads up. The pro division is $25.00 more.
I'm with Ben, very nice Patrick! When Gary Lewis did tournaments his trophies were on the wanted list. I'll do what I can to get the course ready There are a ton of things I need to get done. I intend to play the grandmaster division & will sign up next week.
It's hard to say who reads the mesage board. It's not as active as some. If I lost it at Lockport maybe Thor would have found it. I was just putting it out there with the outside chance someone can put a name to the number. Not a big deal.
The latest after radiation simulation: First thanks for those who have an interest in my health. It's an humbling experience to be in a room with others & being the only one naked. There we have the lone soldier, ya know what I mean? By the way the soldier was at ease, not much to stand at attention for. The bottom line is, I found out today, my treatments start 06/22/10. I asked for my records for 2010 & it's 166 pages, not including today. Needless to say I'm doing some catchup on my health. It's been somewhat mentally consuming, like the hot flashes I'm having, good one minute & sweating the next. Nothing like having the same personal experience women have. The Doctor said today he expects it to settle down. OK, if you think that's too much information, don't read any more. The simulation involves making a cast on my legs, marking with small tattoos on both sides of my hips & one just above the soldier, a little bit of shaving involved. They put the soldier in a sort of tripod with a hole in the middle & then put iodine in the top so it drips to the prostate. This keeps the soldier upright. My heart is tender to my disc golf friends, second to my family. I'm going to help as I can with Darrin & Jesse with Ill. State. We also have a tournament coming up at Channahon, the end or June, Patrick's event. J-Town, 07/09/10, the club challenge. Don't forget the stuff at Channanon. I need to get #11 ready for the Classic. It's a no brainier for me to beat to beat prostate cancer, it was the other unknown issues. Although I'm not remarkable, it's good for others to know the importance of getting your prostate checked. Thank-you my Disc Golf friends, keep me in your thoughts & PRAYERS!, along with Randy Moore (Sr.) that's another story. Frank
I have the results from the endoscopy & they are negative. That was going down through the mouth. They did find one little thing a hiatal hernia, that is a non issue & many people have them. It is nothing to worry about & doesn't need treatment.
So, the next deal is the radiation simulation 06/10/10. I may pass that story on, I think that's going to be a humbling experience. I'm still amazed I didn't have any polyps. I believe in the power of prayer.
It appears all I have to deal with is the prostate cancer.
Gary Lewis!!! It's Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day started just after the Civil War, & called Declaration Day. Civil war General John Logan started it,trying to help bring the Country together. It became a Federal holiday in 1971. Prior to that it was honored on different days by different states. This day honors the dead who fought for our freedom. Many, as I do, reflect on passed loved ones or whatever comes to mind to reflect on. Among others, I'm reflecting on Gary. I know he hasn't passed on. Our local Disc Golf is huge. Many may not know, but Gary is Mr. Disc Golf in our area. Running tournaments, working on courses, meeting the needs of the local golfers. Meeting with different officials in different community's promoting Disc Golf. He did this year after year. There is much more, the details are over the top. It's not uncommon when I bump into older players who name drop Gary Lewis. It confirms his impact he's had over the years. Gary is an icon to Disc Golf with great humility & reserve. My hat's off to you Gary, this Memorial Day weekend.
Great News! I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy procedure done today. They found no polyps in my colon which is a big relief. The colonoscopy was a two day ordeal I had to prepare for. The first day which was last Sunday, I had to drink magnesium citrate at timed intervals which continued into day two. I than had to drink Golytely ( go light ly) and it had to be more than a gallon. Maybe a gallon. I drank 8 ounces every ten minutes of this unpleasant tasting drink. After two hours the intervals extended and it ended up taking about 41/2 hours to complete. Every interval was a trip to the bathroom. My butt was real sore! It appears I don't have to deal with colon cancer. What a big relief! I'm told prostate cancer is one of the more cureable cancers & I'm convinced I can beat it. Today's test has lifted my spirits.
The endoscopy went down my throat & I think they took some routine biospies of my lungs & stomach. It seemed a little strange from the sedative, I'm not positive where they took the biospies. They told me it would take 5 to 10 days to get those results.
God Bless my disc golf friends for your my second family! Through your questions, comments, smiles and body language I feel your support and concerns every day.
I still have battles but I will win the war!
Note that Gary Lewis is my disc golf mentor, my spirit & he's the reason why I sacrifice my time with our great sport. I say that with thoughts over the past many years. I've always had high regard for Gary & my involvement with Disc Golf came from him, he set the example.
PS I can't deny God in my life, even if the next tests come in positive. I'll be pleased to discuss it with you.
I found your mini, the one you get when you register with the PDGA. Some cherish that mini. James or anyone who knows James, I have it. Ask for Frank at our formal league, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday & they will point you in the right direction.