What are you doing for the next 28 days?

I attained many long moments of sleep here

Monday was my 3rdradiation treatment, and I’m happy to report that it involved notably less pain than the first two.

I’ve been falling asleep very easily lately. I don’t know if it is the pain medications, or my general lack of sleep (or both!). I started sleeping in the rocking chair, switched to the recliner we borrowed from Grandma, but then discovered by accident that I actually sleep better at the dinner table. I put my pillow where my plate would be, and I could sleep for much longer periods than in the recliner. But, how nice it was last night, the first night I slept in my bed in three weeks. I kept waking and standing up, just to make sure that I could.

I am continually amazed by the help and the offers to help, the reports and promises of prayer, the cards, letters, and emails, and other acts of kindness Diane and I have been overwhelmingly blessed with. I was talking the other day with a friend about the question, “Does God speak to you?” Wow- God has so many voices and so many hands.

I have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday. That will probably be an x-ray and possibly the bone marrow biopsy. I’ll let you know how it goes.



Another Cancer?

Hi, Everyone:

Diane and I learned today that I have another cancer – unrelated to the Prostate cancer of recent months.

This cancer is in my spine and is called Plasma Cytoma or, it could be Multiple Myeloma. Both are similar. We will know which one I have after a bone marrow biopsy. The doc agreed that my pain level is currently too high to go for the bone marrow biopsy, so that will come after the radiation treatments have started, and those will be everyday for four weeks. Treatment for both cancers include radiation, could include surgery, and the Multiple Myeloma would include chemo therapy.

At Josh & Katrina's wedding, my back was hurting

Just another back pain?

This will be an update for some, and an announcement of sorts for others. Although there is no concrete news to share, I want to let you know what’s going on.

A couple weeks ago, I began experiencing back pain as I have many times over the years. Monday, June 27tharound 3:am I ended up in the emergency room. They took a couple x-rays which showed nothing, so the Dr. gave me meds. A couple of days later, Tuesday am, I was back to the ER. They did an MRI which showed at least one of the spots being a crushed vertebra, and the word tumor was mentioned. Now that I have had cancer, I guess there will always be that double checking to see that it hasn’t come back or spread. I have to say the needle biopsies in my back were the worst physical pain I have endured. If there is cancer, there are a few options to choose from for a hopeful cure. If it is your everyday run of the mill crushed vertebra, there is talk of filling it with cement.

Luckily, I have been working on the shower base in the new bathroom and I do have cement available

I spent a few days in the hospital and now a few days home in grandpa’s recliner. Diane has been just wonderful taking care of me. Tuesday I go early for a PET scan (I guess I’m supposed to take both cats), and a CT scan, and Thursday we are supposed to get the results of many if not all the tests.

If you are one on this list who prays for Diane and I, G0d’s love and mercy are infinite, and although I feel a bit like a prayer hog lately, I think its okay to continue tapping into that overflowing source of peace. Thank you, each of you who prays for us, helps me walk and find things, makes me laugh, and mows our lawn.

I thank you, until later,


On the road to recovery

This should be my final update.

I saw my surgeon on Monday, about six weeks after surgery. We discussed the side effects I’ve been experiencing, and my progress. The side effects, bladder control and sexual function, are both currently manageable and improving. After giving my report, he determined that I was, “ahead of the curve” in recovering, and that I need to be patient and keep doing what I am doing. He took some blood for the PSA test that would tell if the little bit of Cancer that got out of the prostate, got away.