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Hello Everyone;

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.

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AGENT ORANGE.

   I call this blog ~~~

Blue Ribbon Platoon

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 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

 

7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Rebecca Baker says:

    Keep the great blog and updates coming…inspiring and purposeful!

  2. Marilyn Herb says:

    I see no new posts since September. I hope this means you are doing well. You are constantly in my prayers.

  3. Donna Combs says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and postings in your fight with prostate cancer. My husband David is dealing with this disease after having his prostate removed in 2007. He does not have any metastasis that we know of even though recent CT scans show a small place in a pelvic gland and one lung. His PSA is through the roof at +58 after several years of different drug treatments. They are now asking him to use chemo or another drug. We are confused and upset by this latest lab result. Our daughter found your blog and we find your journey more helpful than reading the contentious medical community jargon. He needs to decide soon his next options. I think the oil might be better than chemo. Would like your feedback.

  4. Helen says:

    As Gods hand touches and guides you through the journey we often refer to as life you are touching those you love, friends who are closest, and persons you have only just met. You touched and inspired my son through your stories of life past and I thank you for that. You are continuing to make a difference in the lives of those you meet in your travels or through your blog. Keep living and stay strong my new friend- if I may- God isn’t finished with you yet!

  5. Tammie Lundin says:

    Hi Nathan,
    We never know who or what our teacher may be. You, my dear friend have been an inspiration to all that know you. Some of your legacy still remains in Copper. Most of it is cherished in the minds and hearts of your family. This blog is a testimony of your wanting to learn, share and grow. You have always been a powerful man. You write very well.
    We will be sending our love daily,
    Mrs. Lundin

  6. Jerry Harwell says:

    I hope you well on your journey and still feel like you have a lot to offer this world
    Sometimes it would be easier to subcomb to all the trails we go through
    But you are like a solid rock that has inspired me many times in the past and I looked up to your take no crap attitude
    I would like to go on a ride with you this summer so stay healthy my friend

  7. Lisa Bialy says:

    To my awesome Brother in Christ! My heart is hurting on hearing this news, but also encouraged as I know you belong to our Lord and that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us! I pray that God will fill you with His peace that passes all our understanding, and that you will feel His hand on you every minute of every day.

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