Within the last month, November 2013, I have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, with metastasis to my lymph nodes and bones.~~~~ Good lawd help Me!
I set up this blog for the discussion, education and sharing of information and testimonies about the disease Called; Adenocarcinoma, which is a cancer that develops in glands, for this particular blog we will narrow it to Prostate Adenocarcinoma which is Cancer of the Prostate Gland found in men.
I have never done anything like this and I already see where it will become embarrassing to me to reveal private stuff of mine and my family’s in the hopes of saving lives and/or extending lives.
I launch this blog of mine this day January 6th on the 44th anniversary of my reporting to the Induction Station in Seattle, Washington to be shipped to my first day of Basic Training in The United States Army ~~~
44 years later ~~this thang rears its ugly head,.
The US Veterans Administration has declared that any service in the Viet Nam Theater is “Presumptive” meaning, anyone who served in Viet Nam has been exposed to Agent Orange if we do not die from anything else, we will succumb to some form of cancer.
From a routine yearly check up at The Veterans Hospital’s Urology Clinic, my Urologist (Dr. Derrick Mobley)
felt what he thought to be physical changes in my prostate gland from his rectal digital examination. He ordered a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.
From here I am going to take you on the journey of my life from the first knowledge that I now had Prostate Cancer.
There are many Prostate Websites out there offering information and I encourage everyone to become familiar with them, this blog is just my journey, not meant to serve as a resource of facts.
Even though I am a retired Registered Nurse does not mean I know everything, I have forgotten more than I know right now about the situation and the evolution of treatment has greatly improved since my nursing days.
So for right now I am going to approach this is from this one man’s prospective of what you might or could expect in how and why things are recommended, done, with each procedure, how it was performed, for what reason and how it felt.
You will hear in my voice lots of questions, uncertainty, and fear, and anger!
I have included my films of the Whole Body Scan, Density Scan (Dexi-scan) PSA graph Chart, many photos of instruments used, how they are used and why they are used, it is in great details, so you can visualize what your journey might be or maybe was.
I will start my journey following this opening, if you have any experience with this, please add to the discussions;
Number One~ it gives men, our families and friends a place to vent things they may have never spoken of or know about in their own personal journey with family and friends.
My doctor and I believe I contracted this through my exposure to a toxic defoliant widely used in Viet Nam called.
I call this blog ~~~
Blue Ribbon Platoon
Well my journey starts with the archives of the first date last and the last entry first ~~~~ I hope my journey helps someone out there