Day 35

After today’s treatment I am in “single digits!” Only nine more treatments to go!

Kay and I left for Oklahoma City last Friday at 11:45 AM. We arrived tired but without any problems at 6:00 PM.

Friday evening we had “catch up” things to do at the house. Saturday we arrived at Frontier City for the Annual Kimray Employee Picnic at noon. I think there must have been 700 or more there! It was wonderful to see so many friends, co-workers, and family members! We stayed at the park until about 4:00 PM. Sunday we went to church at Western Hills (what a treat) and then to the farm for a Father’s Day celebration. All the children, grandchildren, my mom, and my brother as well as a good friend, Virginia Scott, were able to be there. They fished, went swimming, rode 4-wheelers, and in general had a great time. It was great fun to be with the family and to love on the grandchildren a little bit.

This morning Thomas, Austin, and Jackson picked us up at 7:15 AM and it was off to the airport again. Now here we are at Loma Linda! We are looking forward to 3+ days with Thomas and the children!

The Lord is too good to us!

Most of you have seen the rubber wristbands that many people are now wearing. There is an organization called USTOO that produces a blue wristband. If you are interested and would wear one, contact me and I will send you one. The purpose would be to increase awareness about prostate cancer. Why is that important? Because early detection is the key to successful treatment and long term survival. There are statistics one the USTOO web site that every man should be aware of.

PROSTATE CANCER STATISTICS

  • Every year over 232,090 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 30,350 die. If detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable.
  • 1 in 6 men is at a lifetime risk of prostate cancer
  • A man with one close relative with the disease has double the risk. With two close relatives, his risk is five-fold. With three, the chance is 97%.
  • Two men every five minutes are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • African American males have a prostate cancer incidence rate up to 60% higher than white males and double the mortality (death) rate of white males. Every 100 minutes an African American male dies from prostate cancer.
  • Men with a body mass index over 32.5 have about a one-third greater risk of dying from prostate cancer than men who are not obese.
  • rostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American males today
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States
  • Prostate cancer is mainly found in men age 55 or over with an average age of 70 at the time of diagnosis
  • Majority of deaths from prostate cancer are related to advanced disease with metastases

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