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It's true...I have cancer...

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#1 Terry Sumner

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:19 PM

I've received a bunch of messages and emails asking me if this is true. Since it was on Facebook it's no secret. I was diagnosed with advanced Prostate Cancer a couple of weeks ago. I've already been started on a Testosterone blocker pill to stop the production of the hormone, which feeds prostate cancer. I go to the hospital tomorrow for a bone scan and a CT scan. Then next week I see the oncologist to have the cancer graded and staged. Then get the plan of attack. Most likely this will be a few weeks of this blocker pill followed by a couple of months of radiation and chemo to shrink the prostate. Then surgery to remove it. The cancer has already spread a little to the surrounding tissue but they think that can be taken care of.

While it certainly sucks to get the news you have cancer, my urologist believes I will have an excellent prognosis down the road. I am 61 now and my father had this same thing when he was around my age. And he is 83 now and doing fine. It is indeed scary but I have great confidence in my Doctors. And I have lost 51 pounds now from Weight Watchers and working out every day so I'm in much better shape to go through this ordeal. Add to that the huge amount of support I have gotten from my friends and I'm determined to beat this thing!

Hey...life is like playing cards...you gotta play the hand you've been dealt.            

 


Edited by Terry Sumner, 15 May 2013 - 02:15 PM.


#2 Jantrix

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:25 PM

I'm real sorry to hear this Terry. But it sounds like you're in good hands, and with a great mental attitude. I think you're gonna be fine, but getting there is gonna suck for a while.


Edited by Jantrix, 09 May 2013 - 01:46 PM.


#3 cobraman

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:26 PM

So sorry to hear this. Prayers sent.



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:46 PM

Sorry to hear that news, Terry.   I'm glad you have a positive attitude, however!

 

It just seems so wrong to survive a career on the line only to be struck by this nasty disease.

 

 

 

We'll be here for you and with you.  God be with you as you meet this challenge.

You're in our thoughts and prayers.



#5 martinfan5

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:11 PM

Best wishes to you



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:11 PM

PM sent....

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:41 PM

Yep you have us here to support you. Will be praying

#8 Eshaver

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:48 PM

Terry, I'll be happy to put a word in for you !



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:53 PM

Sorry to hear...Prayers for ya..



#10 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

Really sorry to hear it, but like others have said, your positive attitude is a tremendous asset. Wishing you the best possible outcome.



#11 southpier

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:13 PM

good luck.

 

 

and take them pills!



#12 Pete J.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

Terry- Remember that you are not alone. There are of a lot of us out their who have been through it at varying levels. You can and should find another survivor near by that you can talk to. It will help a lot. They got to mine pretty early but this is the second time I have had to put up with male specific cancer. I am now 63 the first time was about 40 years ago the last was 3 years ago. You just have to keep on keeping on. One day at a time man! Good luck.

Edited by Pete J., 09 May 2013 - 05:25 PM.


#13 Terry Sumner

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:49 AM

Thanks guys...your kind comments and supportive comments are most welcome! 



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:07 AM

Sorry to hear that Terry. :(  I hope all goes well for you. IMO, a positive spirit and attitude is some of the best medicine there is. Prayers help a ton also!



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:31 AM

I'm praying for you Terry.

#16 Modelbuilder Mark

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:35 PM

Terry, my thoughts and prayers are with you.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:54 AM

Oh my God Terry! I'm so sorry to hear you have it! My prayers and well wishes go out to you and your family!!!



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:57 AM

Just take one day at a time, Terry.  Prostate cancer hit me 7 years ago and after surgery I'm still kickin' around.  My doctor said if a man is going to get cancer, let it be prostate cancer and find it early. 

 

All you guys out there - GET EXAMINED ANNUALLY!!!



#19 sjordan2

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 02:52 PM

Thinking of you. My Father had his prostate removed at just your age, but heart problems got him 20 years later.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 03:33 PM

You're a strong Dude Terry and you can do this.

Best hopes for a good result and keep up your diet and workout discipline.

--and make sure you get good-lookin' nurses. ;)