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.
This may be redundant & I forgot to mention it at the tag challenge. We're looking for input on a club logo. If anyone has any ideas will you pass them on to a board member? If you can sketch something that would be great. If you have an idea, pass it on & I'll ask Mike Kursell to do the sketch. If it's more convenient, call me, (815) 942-6300 we'd like to get something going. If I don't answer, leave a message with your thoughts.
Patrick, What I when I get into situations with multiple options is ask input from someone that's run the road. Scott Pitner may offer some advice. A local TD, someone from Oswego may offer some advice. I try to be fair, unfortunately it's impossible to keep everyone happy. I have no opinion for what you do. It's a team effort to run a tournament, I hope you have help.
I had a CT scan lat week. They gave me an iv along with drinking a milky colored product, called barium sulfate. This scan is for internal organs & blood vessels.They found something about 1/3" on my lung, not serious but to be watched. I also had a hormone shot, & get those for two years. This slows the spread of the cancer. The next thing is a prostate simulation. This is used to target the radiation. Instructions are, I'm reading this. We ask you to remove your clothes from the waist down. During the scan we will insert a small soft tube in your rectum and place a small amount or fluid on you penis. You will not need pain medications. Oh how fun that will be! Actually, the next thing is a colonoscopy.
It would be something we can discuss at our next board meeting. Although it's a year away, it's something we can discuss. Depending how long the meeting goes, if not this meeting, sometine in the future.
Thanks Patrick, The bone scan was negative, that's good. It appears the cancer hasn't spread. I go for another test Tuesday. I wasn't clean enough for the colonqscopy. I didn't know I was so full of shit. The colonoscopy is rescheduled for 05/25. Two days of fasting & two different type of laxatives. With treatment I'm sure I'll be fine.
Putting the album together is a huge warming to my heart. Thanks so much for all that signed it & Laureen for putting it together. I went through it several times this evening. Just a little story. I saw that old man & mom signed it. That's Wilbur Wallis's Mom & Dad. The first time I met the old man, he was introduced as old man. I assumed his wife was the old lady & said hi old lady............ I never did that again, they politely chewed me out. She's Mom! Thanks everyone, it means very much to me! Another hug to you Laureen!
OK............. This is update for my cancer concerns. I don't want to start a new subject & I don't mind talking about it. It's not like I screwed somebody's wife. When you see me feel free to bring it up. It's not likely I'll bring it up if asked how I'm doing. My brother posted to my family that is quite long so I'll make it somewhat shorter. The good news is that it's treatable. Consulting with the doctor, he gave me odds. I have a 92% to live with this cancer, pretty good. I go for more tests next week to see where the cancer has spread so they can target those areas with radiation. In 6 weeks I go for treatments, 5 days a week for two months. The next hurdle I have is the colonoscopy. I have that 04/30/10. There is history of colon cancer in my family. Keep me in your good thoughts & prayers, Frank
The note was posted to my family that I'm passing on. It came from my brother Steve, a doctor who lives in San Antonio. I received the news yesterday 04/19/10 shortly before playing golf with Randy Moore, (Sr.) I wasn't sure how private I wanted to be, or if it would be proper to post this on a message board. I think of the disc golf community as my second family. There are many I have high regard for.
Talked to VA General Medicine doc this afternoon…Uncle Frank had gleason score of 8 on prostate biopsy. That carries a higher rate of suspicion for aggressiveness of cancer. There is a protocol they follow depending on gleason number. This one has one where patient is sent to GU (genito-urinary subspecialty) clinic for workup (I think it includes colonoscopy). He has 30 Apr appt already for that clinic. He also gets one with radiation oncology (that consult likewise was ordered today..he hasn’t gotten response yet for that one). I suspect it should be in next several days. After workup results for each of those clinics, they will have a better idea if there has been any spread of cancer and what final “stage” they will give it. Then recommendations can be made on what options for best course of treatment based on the stage. I assume it will be a few weeks before that is established.
My experience with concrete is low to nothing, but i am more than willing to lend a hand, even cover costs of constructing a tee. I signed up with the forum because i read to leave a post if you are interested in lending a hand, so just send a pm and let me know what i can do.
You need to put your name on the list. Get hold of Darrin Johnson, he works with leagues on Wednesdays. Anyone who wants to help, do the same.