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May 26, 2016
I am setting this site up on June 22, 2011, a month and 10 days after learning the results of the biopsy that said active prostate cancer. My intention is to make this a joyous site. The journey has already been speckled with joy and promise. I have a deep appreciation for all who have been sending me good energy in your throughts and prayers. Perhaps in the sentiments expressed by me and others you will be specially blessed. Please feel free to share in this journal, descriptions of such blessings and spread the healing. Together let us renew the face of the earth.
Joe Baker, Adrian, MI
The following update was sent out June 15, 2011.
My dear friends at the LISD,
I cannot find words to adequately express how deeply moved I was and am by the love, good wishes, prayers, thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity that have been expressed by you since I first shared the news of the cancer that was discovered in my body. If you are getting this email and did not know until now about the cancer, that is okay because I think it would not hurt for you to be reminded of the greatness of the people you work with. I have been receiving cards in the mail, encouraging messages on Facebook and in my email, people weeding my garden and finishing my deck and today when I returned from Atlanta where I had 5 days of some phenomenal therapies and education, I found a hot tub that was delivered to the deck area yesterday with a card in an envelope filled with cash. Again, words cannot express. However, if you would like to see a picture of it, ask Lilly at the Porter Center to send you one.
I want to also say that everything you have done to support me has been a support to my wife Pat and for that I am also grateful beyond words.
I don’t want this to be too long but I know some of you will want an update on my health. I continue receiving hormone therapy through Dr. Mowat at Hickman (Bixby). I meet with the radiologist tomorrow to get marked for some low level radiation next week. The following week I meet with a doctor in Ann Arbor to plan my RIFE treatments. Right now, I am feeling great. I have not felt the pressure in my chest for several days, no pain in my back for the last 3 days, and no pain in my tailbone all day and I think part of yesterday. In Atlanta I started a deep cleanse that will last about 6 months. I eat raw vegetables, some beans, sprouts and 1 apple a day (my treat). I do not consume sugar, meat, grains, dairy products or alcohol. I can have wild caught Alaskan salmon once a week. I will be growing wheat grass so I can have it fresh daily. I will be spending an hour a day in a sauna at home to get rid of heavy metals. I will continue the emotional healing I need and maintain a positive attitude. I will be sending love out to you and others daily. I will be having fun for at least 10 minutes a day. I will continue learning how to prepare amazing food, growing sprouts and tending my flower and vegetable gardens.
I am back to see Dr. Mowat in early August after another CT scan and blood tests. I expect they will not be seeing much if any cancer at that point. I fully expect to be back to work opening day in late August, although I am sure many of you do not want to think about that at this time.