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9/12/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.
Bill had his annual physical in June, where there were some questionable test results. After several more tests, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer that has spread extensively throughout his bones. It is not curable, but he has begun hormone therapy that we hope will slow and maybe stop its spread for, perhaps, years. There are many new forms of treatments available and we are hopeful that at least one of them will work well for him. He has received treatment suggestions from both the Humphrey Cancer Center here in Minneapolis and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and has decided to continue hormone treatment while also receiving chemotherapy, beginning on September 16. He will have six treatments, one every three weeks, his last one on December 30. Then, although Bill's cancer journey will not be over, he and Karen plan to get on with life as usual as best as they can, beginning with a cruise with friends to Hong Kong in January.
Bill, stoic as he is, says he now intends to only read short books; also, no more cheap wine or booze. (Karen can't say that she always appreciates his humor.) He also says he has had 70 years of excellent health and a great life, wonderful family, good friends, a productive career and an enjoyable retirement. He Is our rock. Our family is going to work hard to make sure that Bill's remaining time with us is as long and enjoyable as possible.
Bill is feeling good right now and we intend to continue traveling and having good times together with our friends and family. Please stay in touch and feel free to ask us anything about Bill, his prognosis and treatment.
Thanks so much for being a part of our lives. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Bill and Karen Snedeker, Heather Besonen and Brooks Snedeker