Completed my daily radiation treatments today! YAY!

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    Nov 02, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Completed my daily radiation treatments for prostate cancer this morning, exactly as planned. I didn't miss a session, 5 days a week, despite serious flooding we had here this past Monday. That was an experience, at one point our car started to literally float away!

    Next step is a prostate measurement next Monday (for which I have to do a self-administered enema just before -- UGH!!!). Then I leave for the SMART Ride charity bicycle ride down to Key West a week later, around which I scheduled these treatments. We get back the day before Thanksgiving, that whole weekend booked, and then the first Monday after, Nov 28, I have out-patient surgery where they'll implant about 100 radioactive seeds (roughly the size of grains of rice) into my prostate. And then I'm done, other than returns to monitor my progress.

    This morning a friend was driving me there for my last 7 AM treatment. (We're so lucky we have friends who have been taking me there on some days, to give my partner a break, since I don't drive now) And she said to me:

    "Today is your graduation! Maybe they'll give you a cap & gown!"

    And we both played on that analogy for laughs, me saying: "Maybe my picture will appear in the yearbook, voted 'Least likely to have a relapse.'" Nobody does black humor like the elderly, trust me. icon_wink.gif

    So I finished my session (actually wishing it could last longer, a great Rod Stewart concert on the ceiling monitor above me), and the Chief Radiology Specialist approached me.

    "Here's your graduation certificate," he said to me, presenting the document shown below. Our little joke about graduating had become reality! LOL!

    So here it is, my last name edited out for privacy reasons here. And showing water stains from my friend's car as I carelessly got in.

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    http://www.1stlineoncology.com/practice.php
  • LJay

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    Nov 02, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    Congratulations on the milestone!

    You have done a lot of hard work dealing with the early morning treatments. Keep on perkin'!
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    Yay!
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    I tried to find a hoops and yoyo e card but I couldn't icon_cry.gif

    Nevertheless, congratulations on reaching this milestone. Hopefully the sky will be pretty blue for here!!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Midas426

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    Nov 02, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    Congratulations on the milestone.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    LJay saidCongratulations on the milestone!

    You have done a lot of hard work dealing with the early morning treatments. Keep on perkin'!

    You and others here are too kind. It wasn't me, but my partner who got me out of bed at 5:30AM, and our friends who drove me to my treatments on days when he didn't.

    I just laid there on the table for the radiation. It was they who drove me, and sat out in the lobby waiting, watching the Today show on the TV (a worse fate I wouldn't wish on a dog).

    Meanwhile I was in the treatment room, lying comfortably, and watching concert videos on the overhead screen. Today it was Rod Stewart, performing songs I have on a DVD set.

    No, I had it easy. It was THEY who had it hard. I never put myself ahead of my partner & friends. I have my experiences, and lots of misadventures, but related here to amuse I hope, and perhaps benefit others.

    People who are consumed with themselves assume everyone else is, too. I couldn't care less about myself. But I really think I have an interesting & varied life, and so I share it with others, for what's it's worth to them. It's certainly worth nothing to me... icon_razz.gif
  • dabcrt

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    Nov 02, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Good to hear Art...........It's almost over. Best luck to you on your Key West rideicon_lol.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    dabcrt saidGood to hear Art...........It's almost over. Best luck to you on your Key West rideicon_lol.gif

    Thanks! I know I can't make it, I've done the Ride before. But I'm gonna make the attempt, as an example to others.

    You think I care about myself? I'm on the bottom of my list. That's the mistake a lot of guys here make about me, being at the top of their own list, and so assuming everyone else is like them.

    Surprise! A few of us aren't so selfish. Not myself, nor my partner, nor my late partner. Unless you are more concerned with others than yourself, you are nothing in my book.

    Frankly I still think I'm gonna die. My Father did succumb to the same thing. My only concern isn't about me, as I've said before, but about my partner. What's gonna happen to him? I've already begun the legal steps, so far as I can go in the Red Republican State of Florida. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    You think I care about myself? I'm on the bottom of my list. That's the mistake a lot of guys here make about me, being at the top of their own list, and so assuming everyone else is like them.


    Art, I don't think anyone is doubting you're a thoughtful caring selfless person, after all, you remind of us that in nearly every thread you start --- while throwing it in at the same time how "a lot of the guys here" are seemingly, unlike YOU of course, so self-absorbed. I guess you were out sick that day at Philanthropy School when they teach you that part of being a truly selfless good person is not having to try so hard to convince others that you are. When you donate to causes like AIDS Walk and others, do you do so anonymously, or do you hire a plane and pilot to fly over Wilton Manors pulling a banner announcing it?
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    Nov 02, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Art_Deco said
    You think I care about myself? I'm on the bottom of my list. That's the mistake a lot of guys here make about me, being at the top of their own list, and so assuming everyone else is like them.


    Art, I don't think anyone is doubting you're a thoughtful caring selfless person, after all, you remind of us that in nearly every thread you start --- while throwing it in at the same time how "a lot of the guys here" are seemingly, unlike YOU of course, so self-absorbed.


    UNBELIEVABLY LOW ! Even for you, CJAZ.

    Art_Deco reports on his treatment of cancer-------something that many of us might face in the future.

    He chooses to share his thought process regarding 'putting others first'.....and how this helps him cope with this difficult path.

    AND YOU ATTACK HIM ! Disgusting.

    Art, Congratulations on your progress so far. No doubt you've got concerns about your prognosis........but keep something in mind as you fight....

    ....YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION

    even from us strangers who know you only from your words.

    KEEP 'EM COMING !
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    Nov 02, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    PresentMind said

    He chooses to share his thought process regarding 'putting others first'.....and how this helps him cope with this difficult path.

    AND YOU ATTACK HIM ! Disgusting.



    Oh, please, Art knows I wish him no ill-will and, in fact, I have have told him so privately via email. That being said, I know I am not the only one around here who wants to upchuck their last meal every time Art boasts how much more wonderful and selfless he is than so many others here. He isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is.
  • rnch

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    Nov 02, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    gratz!

    glad it's over.
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    Nov 03, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Congrats bill!!!!
  • stratavos

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    Nov 03, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    good job on finishing icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    PresentMind said

    He chooses to share his thought process regarding 'putting others first'.....and how this helps him cope with this difficult path.

    AND YOU ATTACK HIM ! Disgusting.

    Oh, please, Art knows I wish him no ill-will and, in fact, I have have told him so privately via email. That being said, I know I am not the only one around here who wants to upchuck their last meal every time Art boasts how much more wonderful and selfless he is than so many others here. He isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

    Actually you have offered me nothing but hate, publicly & privately. Why do you lie about it? Talk about boasting of things you haven't done... icon_razz.gif

    I talk about charity stuff I've done as an example, or at least I hope so. I also mock myself, talk about my stupidities & misadventures all the time, make jokes here at my own expense. Or did you miss those? On the other hand, I can't recall you ever posting anything even mildly critical of yourself.

    But an egotist like yourself likely can't recognize those who have interests outside themselves. You can only interpret me in terms of your own self-centered aims. Well guess what, not everyone is like you, thank gawd. We poke fun at ourselves, while we also mention the good things we hope we do, and hope that others will emulate.

    Things that make you "upchuck" as you say. Because you have little interest in helping others, only hurting them, as your own words prove.
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    Nov 03, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    (: it makes me happy to hear you're fighting this and in good spirits (:
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Feel better. Please be strong for us and yourself! Best of luck!
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    Congrats! Glad to hear it's going well!!
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    jrunner25 said(: it makes me happy to hear you're fighting this and in good spirits (:

    Thanks! Really very little to fight, actually, other than the initial fear I felt, my Father having died of the same thing. But over the last few months I've regained my confidence, once I put a plan into place that seemed the best path. And made some plans in case I don't ultimately beat this.

    I'm very Germanic -- without a plan I panic, but with a plan I don't sweat. I just had to get the plan in place. Now I just let things happen, nothing more for me to do. And today the second of 3 steps ended. Friday I begin golf lessons, as I intend for life to go on. (Lessons should have been 2 days ago, but we had very bad flooding you may have seen in the news)

    So my biggest battle is putting up with the haters here, determined to sabotage this thread, that was intended to be a positive message. For those who might face this themselves, or, given our RJ demographic, know of older men running into it. Too bad the haters want to spoil it for others, in their blind hatred of me personally. Ah, well... icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    YAY! So glad you're through with that!
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    antelope saidYAY! So glad you're through with that!

    Thanks! But honestly the toughest part was leaving the house every day at 6:30 AM. A blessing, too, though, since it meant my partner could still get to his office at his normal time, and on other days we had friends who could likewise accommodate me into their schedule. Just my dumb luck, because I couldn't specify the time, merely whenever vacancies open, patients being treated for 6 weeks up to 6 months.

    But the treatment was nothing, like having an x-ray over about a 6 minute period. And you watch these great music videos on a ceiling monitor as you lie there. Nothing could be easier, so if you know anyone facing any kind of cancer treatment, for whom radiation therapy is indicated, do let them know it couldn't be easier or more painless. I'll repost the link to my radiation oncologist, because even if someone is not in this area, it gives an idea of what kinds of services to seek elsewhere.

    http://firstlineoncology.com/
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    Nov 03, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Actually you have offered me nothing but hate, publicly & privately. Why do you lie about it? Talk about boasting of things you haven't done...


    Seriously? Don't make me post the emails to prove who the liar is here. Regardless, I don't "hate" anyone, certainly not you, nor have I seen any what you call "haters" here in this thread. You do have a flair for the dramatics I'll give you that.
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    Nov 03, 2011 6:57 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said

    Frankly I still think I'm gonna die. icon_razz.gif


    We're all going to die. Stay positive. All the best to you.