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Prostate Cancer Treatment Update

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Bill entering the cancer center Yesterday I met with my doctor (an oncologist) at the local cancer and radiation oncology center.  I had just about made up my mind as to what kind of treatment I wanted for my prostate cancer.  After meeting with him yesterday, and hearing him explain my options for treatment, I have decided to have radiation seed implant therapy. Me checking in Yesterday's meeting took about three hours. The first hour or so was supplying them with all my paperwork (insurance, doctor's, blood tests, medical history, etc).   The second hour was meeting with my oncologist.  He went over my prostate biopsy result with me.  He explained to me that my cancer was discovered early and I had a 95% chance of survival if I decided on a treatment.  He told me that my cancer ewas "localized" and had not spread beyond my prostate. He said if I decided not to do anything, that maybe I would have another ten years of life.   Bill waiting with me

Wrestling

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During my high school days I wasn't much good in any sport.  I went out for basketball but never learned how to dribble (sounds like a STD condition doesn't it?) and move the ball down the court at the same time.  Uncoordinated I was. Plus, I didn't like that jab to the ribs I usually got from players on the opposing team when I tried to hang a basket.  Even though I was tall (6'4") for my age (12), Ron wasn't going to be a basketball star. Next up was football. First of all I throw a football like a girl (my gay gene in full bloom).  Secondly, have you even been on the bottom of a pile up?  All that mud and bodies laying on top of you?  What really freaked me out was the seeing the cleats of the shoes at eye level whilst the side of my face was squashed in the mud.  Ron wasn't going to be a football star, even though I was a tight end (gay gene again). Next up, track.  I tried the high hurdles but almost always knocked every one down, much

Colonoscopies and Other Invasive Medical Procedures

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Today's subject is about the importance of getting a regular colonoscopy once you are over fifty years of age. I was having a hard time coming up with a subject for today's blog post until I read my friend Dr. Spo's blog today. He will be undergoing his first colonoscopy in a couple of days.  I left two comments on his blog on the importance of getting regular colonoscopies.   I was going to write about my upcoming procedure for my prostate cancer. My first appointment is tomorrow at the radiation oncology  unit at the Tunnel Cancer Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  Of course I am dreading this, the precursor to yet another invasive procedure to my body but a necessary one if I am to survive cancer free for a few more years.  Tomorrow I won't be poke or jabbed or suffer humiliation, pain and discomfort.  Tomorrow is a "get to know you" meeting which will take about two hours.  After going through all my options, I have decided to have radioactive seed impl

Ron's Oscar Observations

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Maybe next time Bradley, you cutie First of all, I was so disappointed that my favorite actor Bradley Cooper didn't win Best Actor.  Oh well, Bradley will be around for a long time.  I was very pleased that his date to the Oscars was his Mom. Seth MacFarland - not funny and won't be back What was my opinion of the Oscar host Seth MacFarland ? I wasn't impressed folks.  I never saw him before and I've never seen "Family Guy" or "Ted" and for sure I won't see those now.  He's just not funny.  Color me a fuddy duddy old man.  MacFarland really lost me with his Abraham Lincoln assassination "joke."  Yeah, real funny Seth.  Captain Kirk was right, you'll go down in history as one of the worst Oscar hosts ever.   Here are some of my biased and unfair Oscar show observations: Renee - forget the makeup? Channing Tatum (hottie) and Charlize Theron - great dancers! Paul Rudd and another dud performan

"And the award goes to..........."

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Me announcing awards at Girard Bank Bowling Banquet - 1973 Oscar weekend folks!  Have you picked your favorites to win?  I have to confess that I haven't seen any of the movies (I wait until they're on Netflix) but I still have my favorites.   BEST ACTOR:   Bradley Cooper I've seen clips of his role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and I was very impressed.  I know everyone thinks Daniel Day-Lewis has Best Actor locked up but I think Bradley will be the upset winner.  At least I hope he wins.  He is just too gorgeous not to win.  BEST ACTRESS:  Jennifer Lawrence With all the buzz about Jennifer Lawrence I don't see how she cannot win.  I've never seen her act but I have a strong feeling the tide is in her favor Me receiving an award as Best Guest Service Representative from Mr. Cordrey, Vice President Hilton Hotels Corp, Epcot Center, Disneyworld, Florida - 2000 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz:   He is the flavor of the mont

March Bloggerthon

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Well folks, the date is fast approaching for the "March Bloggerthon", also known a the "Spotacular" or more conservatively known as the "East Coast Blogger Get Together".  This is your chance to meet Dr. Spo and Someone and other East Coast bloggers.  For those of you planning on attending please  click this link for more information about The Inn At Canal Square, in Lewes, Delaware; the site of the Bloggerthon. Please click our new video on our website to discover the unique charm of our quaint inn on the canal.   So far we have about twenty bloggers (and spouses) attending this event which will be held on the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd.  Saturday night, March 23rd we are having a meet and greet catered by Nage from 6 pm to 8 pm.  The cost per person is $25 which includes food and an open bar.  Yes, you heard right, an open bar .  Music will be supplied as well as a few surprises, including a visit by our nationally renown humorist writer

More I "Never Did That!"

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Hey folks, my "Things I Never Did Meme" was so popular and fun that I decided to do another.  Here goes: I've never visited the Grand Canyon (would love to someday but not by myself) Never been arrested (although most of my friends have) Never had a mug shot taken (although most of my friends have) Never got a traffic ticket (did get a warning once for speeding from a very cute and YOUNG officer) Never told anyone to go "F_CK" themselves to their face  Never looked on someone else's desk (at work) when they were away to gain information (although I have since found out most people do) Never been to the top of the Philadelphia City Hall (although worked right next to City Hall for over thirty years and always meant to go there one day) Never soaped up a car or strung toilet paper for a Halloween prank Never learned how to do Algebra Never built a model airplane (or ship) Never flew in a helicopter Never been catheterized (although I underst

Thing's I've Never Done Meme

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Time for a fun post.  I got this idea from Dr. Spo  Jim.  This is a meme for things I've never done.  This one will be easy for me because there are a LOT of things I've never done. I've never married I've never had sex with a woman I've never done coke or  heroin I've never been to any foreign country except Canada I've never changed a flat tire I've never  skied, water or snow I've never driven in a city I've never eaten lamb I've never seen a rock concert in person I've never seen a Broadway show I've never had a published work I've never eaten clams I've never been to a Nascar race or any race (horse included) I've never been in a movie or TV show I've never been part of a foursome I've never seen a Moose in person I've never sold any of my artwork I've never won any race I've been in I've never eaten eel I've never punched a person in the face (slapped yes) I'

Happiness Is...

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The story behind this picture is this: Every day - at the same time - she waits for him. He comes... and they go for a walk. Great to have friends like this. No words needed. They just intuitively recognize the value of each other in their lives and act accordingly. Happiness is having a friend to walk with......... I have to post something positive today folks.  Too much drama lately on this blog.     I'm even more convinced that I made the right decision to have radiation therapy for my prostate cancer. I'm still not sure whether I'll have seed implant or the prolonged fifteen week, five days a week short term radiation sessions.  Yesterday I made an appointment on February 27th with the oncology unit for my introduction to this procedure.  One good thing, the location where the therapy is just a few miles down the road from my house.   All this is still heavy on my mind but at least I was able to get to sleep

Decision Made

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Lady Mary and Matthew I made my decision for treating my prostate cancer.  After talking to several prostate cancer survivors and viewing You Tube videos of the different procedures I have decided that the radiation therapy is best for a man my age.  If I was a younger man perhaps I would go for the prostate removal but I just don't want to take the chance of being incontinent for the rest of my life.   Tom Branson - my favorite hottie on "Downtown Abbey" This morning I made the call to the radiation oncology center and left a message for them to call me back.  I have to make an appointment to get this procedure rolling.  I know this will be time consuming (probably five times a day for at least twelve weeks) but it is something that has to be done.  I would prefer just to have my prostate removed but because of my near death experience with a hernia operation when I was seventeen years old (17 now I'm 71, I am superstitious), I just have this foreboding f