Today, we are ashore.
and why we are not "out there" now.
we hope to be back aboard as soon as we can.
Position Report December 10, 2010
Originally I was not going to post this. But Jill pointed out that we started our web page years ago to help people learn from what we were doing to prep for cruising. Then we kept it up to let people see how our cruising was going and point out some of the things that we found just plain wrong in what we heard before we departed. So.... the basic underlying idea was to help others.
So here goes.......
Many years ago we decided to take the retirement road for cruising. That is, we did not go cruising knowing that we would have to return and go back to work. We valued the open ended cruising.
It was working for us very well until our family tragedy brought us home. We also knew that our health would become an issue at some time.
We kept our health insurance from my company when we retired. Every so often during a visit to our son's house, or back to the USA, we would go in for check-ups. We were always doing better than average. We did worry about breast cancer. You would need to live on another planet to not have heard about the pink ribbon. As far as we knew, that might be the biggest risk to us. After all, we do not over drink or smoke, and the swimming sure seems to be keeping us in shape. So, we felt fairly secure.
During a physical we had last February, we had blood samples taken as normal. A few months back I got a note from our doctor that they wanted to do another blood test on me (Greg). So, a couple of months ago I stopped in and had the sample taken. We were then called in for a consultation. It seems my PSA level was high and had gone up since Feb. From that appointment, I found out that I needed to have a biopsy of my prostrate taken. They took 12 samples. About a week later I got the results. I have prostrate cancer. SCARED THE BEJUSUS out of me, and Jill!! It has taken many, many hours of research for us to become informed regarding this particular cancer. And then which of the many options available for treatment should we choose- where, when, and who.
Now on to the helping part....
What we found out is that for men, this can be likened to breast cancer for women in terms of percentages. I was AMAZED at the number of men who have, and will have this! More than 1 in every 6. We found that most men have it, but it never is found until after death from some other cause.
What are the key statistics about prostate cancer?
I have to tell you, this is definitely going to put a crimp in our near term cruising plans.
FIRST, if you are a guy reading this, GO GET A PSA TEST.
For me, they found it early. Mine is not far advanced. We found that Prostate cancer is slow growing, so surgery is not a rush job.
If we had not gone cruising they would have found it earlier, BUT I would NOT trade a minute of our cruising. For me, and every man is different, they think they will get it all and I will be cured. Many things will change for me, but I expect to get back to cruising in some manner, at some point!
So the take-away from this is, if you are a guy, if you are 40 or above, go get a PSA test. Then get another at least once a year!
I expect to have my surgery early 2011. We will let you know how things go.
THANKS for reading this. If you are, we consider you a friend, and, did I say: “If you are a guy reading this, GO GET A PSA TEST.”
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