Jul 25, 2018 Latest post:
Jul 25, 2018
In November 2015 I began having lower back pain while I was performing in The Christmas Story at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. I just thought I had strained my back but the pain just continued to nag at me. At the end of that month I had my regular 6 month PSA test done and met with my Urologist. He indicated he thought there was a decimal point mistake with my PSA because it came in as 20.2 instead of 2.0 where it had been running up until now. So I had it retested - it was then in the 40s! A biopsy was done and we were told it was present all through the prostate and had a Gleason score of 8 - which means it was really aggressive - and he suspected it may have already escaped my Prostate. So I met with an oncologist and the bone scan was done and we found out 2 days before the new year that the cancer had already metastasized to my bones. He told us there are some very effective new treatments available now that would extend my life. When I asked him how much time I had, he said as treatments go right now probably 2-5 years - but that there are always new treatments coming out and we shouldn’t lose hope. We made a decision then and there that we were going to ‘live’ during the time I had left!