LifeNow

Mostly, just a journal for family and friends - password has been temporarily suspended.

On Friday I finally had my 'radiology simulation,' which resulted in a plastic cast of my pelvis. Then I spend a long time getting MRI scans. Finally, when at back at home Friday evening I saw that I now have forty radiation sessions scheduled, starting on June 16.

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Summary: As of today, May 28, I have completed the first of six months of hormone therapy. Two months of radiation therapy will begin in June. I have no problem sharing this with anyone as long as it is not taken as a life-threatening issue in front of me now. It's not – it's the distant future I'm dealing with. I'm taking a gamble aimed for both longer and better quality of life in the next decade or more...unless I get hit with a car while crossing the street tomorrow. :–)

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On Wednesday (Apr 28) I got a lot more info during a telehealth call with the radiation doctor. Dr. Shasah was following up on prior Wednesday's three tests – a full-body MRI, a pelvis CT scan and full-body nuclear medicine imaging.

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It was Wednesday afternoon when I finally got back from MSK, where I spent the morning and early afternoon either in a diagnostic machine or just walking around the East Side enjoying the weather and wondering if I could eat anything. The three tests I had Wednesday were tests I had had before, initially simply to prepare for my January 2019 prostatectomy. I also had them again when my PSA reappeared, suggesting that there were still some leftover prostate cells somewhere in my body.

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In short, I've agreed to start with two standard therapies for recurrent prostate cancer – eight weeks of pelvic radiation (five times a week) – and six months of hormonal therapy (i.e., testosterone suppression). Several more tests are scheduled, so the start date will likely be early May.

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...but the Old Banana don't believe in me.” (I originally wrote “doesn't believe in me, but then remembered it actually comes out with “don't” for no reason I can think of.)

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This evening I started getting ready for several days of Covid-19 vaccine symptoms from today's second vaccination. If I'm going to be under the weather for a day or two, I'll alternate between reading articles and finishing the excellent Netflix series, Fauda.

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Almost noon and I had only just started my 750 Words exercise. That actually made me feel a bit guilty as I had gotten so used to doing this exercise before even getting out of bed. At least, while writing, I hadn't dressed for the day yet. ;–)

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Another sunny cold winter day. I woke up with Frankie sleeping next to me.

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So why would I prefer to skip this exercise today? In large part, it probably was just a result of yesterday's engagements. Also, though, I would just prefer to read the newspaper (online, only – we don't get deliveries anymore) while sipping my espresso.

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