Posted tagged ‘cancer’

Heads & tails

September 4, 2008

So do I write about an update on my dad or McCain’s new, bat-shit religious crazy VP pick? Coin flip. Dad it is.

The cancer hasn’t spread to the bones, bladder or lymph nodes. We have surgery scheduled for the week of September 22nd & not a bit too soon considering the samples that came back malignant are considered moderately aggressive & highly aggressive, respectively (Gleason scores of 7 & 9 for you cancer wonks). We’ll be headed to Detroit for the surgery. I’ll have more news as it is available.

Ok, fine. So I’ll include this, too:

*If the above video won’t play, try THIS

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News

August 17, 2008

I’ve had to think quite a bit before writing this post in order to sort things out and construct a coherent narrative instead of a stream-of-consciousness post.

I found out this week that my dad has prostate cancer.

As I suspect usually happens to anyone who receives this diagnosis, it was a surprise. Some previous tests showed no visible issues but a biopsy discovered malignant tissue. We’re not sure how far along it is or about its severity (that’s to come over the next few weeks), but we know it’s there & that’s been enough to be….unnerving.

It’s an interesting (although common) experience to be faced with your parent’s mortality. As my mind has been consumed by this matter over the last few days, I find myself reflecting back to my reaction on the day (not on the moment) of receiving the news: “Man, grown up stuff sucks.”

It wasn’t intended to be a derogation of the seriousness of the situation, more a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the fact that I feel like a 30 year old kid. Having witnessed my grandmother undergo her cancer treatment, remission and re-occurrence phases, I was envisioning myself engaged in these procedures with my dad. Not uncommon or extraordinary tasks to do, but versus my experience with my grandmother, this incident is manifestly more personal.

So, that’s that. Tests are forthcoming. I will, no doubt, be writing more about this as it unfolds.