I want to start out with this board gives me a place to vent & welcome & praise the the support I'm getting. I'm a little down right now with a friend said it's only cancer. A tear comes to my eye when i think of what I've done in helping with Ill. State. I forget his name Bingham or Bangham was huge for getting the tees ready. It's sad but in an instant all that work is history. Thanks again Dean Bingham, I know his name, Bangham is for his putts. Getting back to my point, I'm battling a high risk range of cancer. That level doesn't come from me it's from the doctors. That saddens me to think about dying. A friend mentioned it's only cancer. Well I'm at 8 with the top being 10. That's a long way from one. I would think it's reasonable to think my situation is 24/7. My guess is that it doesn't seem I'm struggling. I'm trying to do the mind over matter thing. The bottom line for me is the prayers, Thank You! You people are very important to me other than he idiot that said it's only cancer.
I wanted to delete this when I woke up this morning But Randy Moore has my back & responded. I was having a bad evening last night. Some things that are going through my mind is the passing of Debbie Lewis. Breast cancer is curable as prostate cancer is. They said they got it only to find out they didn't, it spread & she died. I think of that when I see the post In Memory of. The good news is I usually wake up between 2 to 5 times a night. Last night I slept to 0400 without waking up. I'm really doing well, they're just some glitches once in a while.
I have been accused for not asking for help. That's only partially true. I want good help. Many have helped, things like the concrete tees, adjusting hole #2, raising #12, laying the sod on #4 are a few things that come to mind. Part of my bond with our disc golf community is the people who have stepped & helped as they saw the need. It's been over a decade at Channahon & many have helped, so I can't take all the credit. Thanks for chipping in. I'm going to need help with the sod on #11. Now laying sod is not mentally challenging, the joints need to be tight & green side up is about it. Some will need to carry & some apply. I think four good people will do it. No slackers & I think we can do it in about an hour. I'm looking at week 09/05/10. Jesse may announce it @ doubles when it comes to crunch time. We have a great body of people in our disc golf community & I'm proud to be a part of it.
I want to start this post for my prayer warriors. I get to the hospital around 0630, & usually get inside a little before 0700. A RN said you're here early again. My comment was I hate traffic& leave early. She asked where I was driving from & I told her Morris. She said that's quite a drive & added I might be eligible for travel vouchers. I am! They are refunding me for 20 trips. Unfortunately I'll miss out on 17 others but that's OK. Thanks for your prayers!
The Doctors say I'm doing great! I don't know what there standard is but I'm running about 80 to 85% I'm doing OK & maybe better than most but I don't know what the others do after their treatments. Fourteen more treatments. Aug. 17th I get my diploma & I'll put that in the scrape book I got from Laureen, with many of your pictures. My spirit is extremely high & much of that is from my friends. It is a battle & I have no doubt I'll beat this part. It's going to take some time to know for sure. Like I mentioned before I have two years of hormone shots. After that they will continue tests to confirm the treatments. They're case studies they use & with my numbers, these treatments will cure my cancer. From what they tell there is an outside chance cancer may have spread outside the treatment area, that's why it's going to take some time to know for sure. I thought the time frame would be the two years of hormone shots. I need to be on my own for a while after the shots. Again, Thanks so much for your prayers!
My hat is off for Dean, I need to throw in Mike Vargo also. Dean was the go to guy for the Highland tees. He took calls, made calls, getting help, working with Mike on the stone etc. Dean was huge!!! Mike took the gravel to all the tees with the park's equiptment along with getting the comcrete to those hard to get areas. Tremoundous labor saving. All that helped worked well together to get the job done. I thought it was very good team effort.
There are not a lot of big deal things going but I thought I'd pass some things on. Shawn Harmon insisted about driving me up for a couple of treatments. He said I'm not working & he wanted to help me of which I'm very thankful & honored.Shawn has a good heart. Needless to say is we talk on the way (he took me there for my 16th & 17th treatments) & we talked about the Disc Golf Community, along with my passing. I brought that up. What's real important is a strong, positive, mental attitude to beat these issues, & give thanks for the support from my Disc Golf friends. That's huge my friends!!! I'm going through the normal side affects, sleep, frequent urinating, being tired. I ask questions every treatment & I always leave encouraged with the posotive answers.
Can we start earlier? Maybe 0730 or 0800. I realize it's Sunday morning & I would like to do it Saturday, but it is what it is. It's a little cooler earlier. People are going to come as they feel, I've been through this before. Can you get there sooner or let me know what I can do before you get there?
I was with the park superintendent, Pat Fox, Thursday & was asking about some things to upgrade relative to the course. What I've wanted to do for some time is get #6 like #11, out of the water during wet times of the year. Being #4 & #11 are up it's creating more of a flooding problem. What I'd like to do is dig out a water hazard ( like on #2) in front of the basket. We need a machine to do that & he agreed. I need to complete #11, hopefully we'll get dirt the week starting the week of 07/11/10. I'd like to start #6 after the Channahon Classic.
I have to pass this on! It's 0822 Saturday morning & I've been up since 0600. I hope this isn't the kiss of death as they say. I feel GREAT today!!! I feel unbelievable good! Most everything I've been doing lately has been a duty or to be responsible. More like sucking it up & just doing it! I can't believe how good I feel! Thanks for your prayers! What a great day to be alive!!!
The pavilion permit was picked up yesterday.We have a liquor permit but it's for the pavilion only. I realize that it's common to be drinking on the course. Keep in mind it's a weekday & park employees are in the area. Just a heads up.
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.