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My Friend FRANK
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:05:12 PM »
Thanks for the hug Frank.  Cant wait to give it back.

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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 06:47:28 AM »
I'm looking forward to it. He's a good man & I sympathize with him.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 07:15:03 PM »
Frank got some disturbing news today regarding his health. I am asking for him if you could all offer up prayer.  Frank is a believer in the power of prayer and would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts. Thank You.
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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 09:41:19 AM »
Paco what the heck is going on! Of course our prayers are with you. JoAnne told me to tell you if there is anything you need to let us know.
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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 09:46:45 PM »
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.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2010, 07:12:21 AM by Frankie »
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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2010, 07:53:09 PM »
Your in my prayers buddy, and you will beat this my friend. If you need anything call me. Hope to see you on the course soon.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 06:31:37 AM »
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
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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 09:19:57 AM »
92% is so so positive! Anyone who can work and still shoot six rounds of golf in  a day will for sure beat those odds. Your a work hourse Frank. Stay positive and if you need anything just call me! Our prayers are with you Frank!
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 12:03:27 PM »
Frank --

You're in my prayers, man!  Since the Ice Bowl (in fact the very next day), I've been dealing with my mom's learning of having cancer, the testing, treatments and am now dealing with her surgery...that said, I've become well versed in the world of cancer!  My mom has a similar percentage and she is doing great!

I will continue to pray for you and your family, and want you to know that if you need anything, please let me know!


See you on the course!

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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 10:27:55 AM »
Frank,

My prayers are with you also!

If you need anything Frank, please let us know. If I can help pick up any slack on the course by organizing cleanup, or whatever, I'm there. Please feel free to delegate to the disc golf community. Everyone has the utmost respect for you, and we will have no trouble getting tons of volunteers to do any work on the course that you need done.

My father had Thyroid cancer a few years ago, and he is completely fine now. It is a scary thing, but you can beat it. Keep your head up and know that we are all pulling for you.

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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2010, 10:08:36 PM »
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.
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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2010, 06:28:24 AM »
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.
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2010, 11:05:53 PM »
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.

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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.

Frank
« Last Edit: June 01, 2010, 10:01:13 PM by Frankie »
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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2010, 04:55:00 PM »
God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!  It's a phrase my family remembers often.

I'm glad that the reports have been well.  You're a fighter, Frank, and I know you'll be fine.  I'm also glad that I stopped by the forums to read this thread and the latest update, thanks for sharing it with everyone!

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Re: My Friend FRANK
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2010, 06:45:12 AM »
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.

I thank all of for your support!!!
Frank
« Last Edit: June 03, 2010, 07:01:11 AM by Frankie »
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