On March 14th I was officially diagnosed with stage 2a Prostate Cancer. The Cancer was discovered in February by a routine blood test called a PSA test that I took during a physical. The test results we're in the elevated range. Which prompted my Dr. to recommend that I see a urologist. First lesson guys! Get an annual physical, Next Lesson get a PSA test.
I had my prostate Biopsied in early March which returned the confirmation of Cancer in my prostate. The first thing I want you to know is this is NOT a death sentence. Prostate Cancer is very treatable and curable. If you're interested there are links on this page where you can get more information. I highly recommend it. You might save some ones life.
I have no symptoms what so ever. I feel fine. In many ways I'm in the best physical coandition I have been in a very long time. With the help of my care team nutritionist and Holistic Dr. I am eating better than I ever have. I'm currently taking fencing lessons (stop laffing!) This has gone a long way to help get me in good physical condition.
This type of cancer is judged on whats called a Gleason Scale. The scale runs from five through nine. A score of five is the least aggressive cancer, a score of nine is the most aggressive. My score is a seven. Its right in the middle. If my score had been a five there would be no treatment necessary. In this case I would die of old age before dying of prostate cancer. If my score was an eight or nine I would be writing this from a hospital bed instead of a work site.
Also with a Gleason score of seven I have time, and options in treatment. The treatment options include a Cryo treatment where they could litteraly freeze the cancer and kill it. Several different types of radiation treatments. And an ultrasound treatment where they blast the cancer with Ultra sound. And finally surgery to remove it.
After a ton of reading, research, and prayer I've decided to have the surgery to have my prostate -- and all of the cancer -- removed. If you are reading this I consider you a part of my care community and I am grateful for you. I am so very fortunate to have such an amazing group of friends and loved ones that care for me and about me. I'm going to look to you for moral, emotional and most importantly prayer support over the next weeks and months
I am supremely confident in my Care team, The doctors, nurses, and staff at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in South Atlanta. I have the tremendous support of the Woodstock City Church Production team, and my church small group. Both have been unwavering in their support of me and my condition. The outpouring of love, prayers, and well wishes from friends from all over the country has been AMAZING.
Please know I don't take any of it for granted and I am very thankful.