Oct 14, 2010 - 9:26 pm
In early 2004 I went to my doctor for my annual checkup, my Dr. did a blood test for PSA and my first up the butt examination, the blood test revealed I had an elevated PSA of 43 and he felt some irregularity’s on my prostate.. I was 53 years old then, when my doctor gave me the scary news, I was very shocked, emotional and scared those first few weeks.. I tried to find anyone who had a PSA of 40 and found no info just if you were over +4.0 you could be in serious trouble with PC.. My doctor referred me that same day to meet with a Urologist, I could not see him for 6 weeks! before I could see the Urologist.. My wife and I seeked as much information on PC as possible to see what options were available.. we immediately started a regime of natural vitamins and homeopathic medicine and saw a Holistic doctor who assisted me in my support of dealing with the news.. it was not a Happy time to say the least, I was scared and so was my wife..
Finally, after 6 weeks I was able to meet my urologist and I was amazed how big the office was over 40 chairs in the waiting area.. I thought this is weird, there is no one here except me and my wife and we had to wait 6 grueling weeks without being able to meet my expert Urologist doctor & I am probably dying of CANCER.. When I got to the office I had to fill out pages and pages of info and then we sat down to meet the Urologist. In the office where we were sat right in front of me, was the latest edition of Fortune magazine,on the front page "Why We're Losing The War On Cancer" , the writer had a reviewed all of the progress made by the pharma & the medical profession over the last 50 years.. The article stated that despite over 200 billions of $ being spent on research there was very little progress in finding a cure.. my own conclusion from the article was, the medical industry and pharma had no reason to find a cure as it was their biggest source of income in treating cancer patients, billions of $ had been given in grants paid by the government to the profession starting back in 1950.. the conclusion was there was no cure or promising outlook for anyone dealing with cancer..I actually had enough time to read the whole article with my wife before we were finally called into meet the doctor...I also thought is this a message from God! Seemed to me that a Urologist would not want that magazine laying around for his customers to see.. pretty impersonal and certainly not sensitive.. but it certainly caught our attention!
Next I meet the doctor.. he quickly looked at my chart and PSA and stated I needed to have a biopsy immediately to see what cancer had developed in my prostate, after reading so many negative reviews from men who had biopsy’s I was not too eager to have a biopsy and risk having any C cells getting loose in my body.. I asked him if I had PC what could he do for me and he stated that based on my PSA the cancer would have metastasized & there would be basically nothing that he could do to save me as the cancer would have already spread.. Needless to say we left and I told my wife that if anybody was going to treat me it would never be him..
All along I have always felt healthy and kind of forgot about my prostate, needless to say I kind of dropped the ball and started living my life like I did before I found out I had a high PSA, Further PSA test was 72 and then in Dec 2008 my PSA test was 254, my doctor did not review that particular test & never called me in for a meeting so I thought the test was the same score as before.. anyway, I got sick a few weeks ago and had cramps for 4 days.. couldn't sleep and decided I better go to the Dr who ordered a CT scan and the radiologist reported my prostate was about 2.5 times bigger & contained multiple cystic areas and I had a large central area of necrosis with my left Lymph and a left small renal cyst in my left kidney & a probale tiny right renal cyst, everything else was as the radiologist stated were unremarkable, meaning normal..
Then my latest PSA test came back it was 1524.. by now I was feeling much better about 1 week after being sick with my cramps & my doctor stated he suspected I had a acute inflamatory such as diverticulitis in my colon which caused my cramping problem.. My doctor was very concerned about my PSA and I told him I was experiencing a restricted urine stream and waking up several times in the night feeling a burning sensation & the need to pee but not much came out.. I asked him what was the highest PSA he ever saw and he told me it was me back in 2004 when I my PSA was 43..
My doctor referred me to another urologist which I met a couple of weeks ago and we discussed my condition.. he was much nicer and seemed very concerned with my condition an offered all kinds of treatments that could be used to treat me but he could do nothing unless I agreed to a biopsy. I asked him if there was anything he cold do that was not invasive or for any treatment that would help shrink my prostate, he advised that my insurance would not approve any other treatments until they knew I had cancer.. he also warned me that I could wake up one day and be crippled from cancer attacking my spine.. I asked him if I did have cancer and he said he thought I did but without the biopsy he COULD NOT say for sure.. he also stated several times he was surprised how healthy I looked..I did FIND OUT he had a patient who had a PSA of over 3800 and that was in 1999 and the patient was STILL ALIVE.. I thought wow see there is hope for me too..
I had been back to my holistic doctor who is an MD with all my tests and CT Scan report and we started some a regiment of high quality supplemental vitamins and homeopathic medicine to support me for treating my overall health based on my test results, My Dr. also did a Bio-Terrain Urinalysis test... He advised me to only take 5 days of the ant-biotics that my GP had issued and gave me a treatment to replace the good bacteria that anti-biotics remove from your body.. He did want me to stay on Avodart which is supposed to shrink the prostste.. The holistic program is not covered by my insurance and this is not going to be cheap but at least it's all natural & as my wife says I am worth it,
I am now only eating totally all organic foods, no meats, chicken or fish at all and no dairy products, sugar, processed foods, breads or coffee, well I still have 1 cup in the morning but thats all.. no going out for dinner which I miss, I am drinking 10 glasses of pure water, not out of a tap, I also try go to bed now by 10 pm and usually get up around 6 am.. when I started this new diet I always felt hungry but now I seem to be adjusting to my new diet & have noticed that my sleeping through the night is back to normal and I now get up to pee usually only once or twice a night and I actually have to pee now.. burning sensation is gone.. I have also cut back on working so much as I don't need the stress, more time to be a human being instead of a human doing.. probably ride my motorcycle more now which always makes me feel good... I know I may have a long way to go and I am reading some healing books ,2 great books I have read are "Cancer is not a disease it is a survival mechanism" and "How to cure almost any cancer for $5.15 a day",they are avaiable on Amazon, the authors provide great information about what cancer is, and how you can help yourself.. I plan to share my progress in this post with anyone who is interested in my progress..
I am sharing my experience because I have made a decision to go holistic and heal my own body if I can and if not I will obviously die from this terrible problem... If I had followed my Urologists advise in 2004 I am not sure if I would be any better off than I am now, I kind of feel like I would have been worse off based on what I have read on the forum although I don't really know.. I have been so lucky to not feel sick for the past six years.. I feel a responsibility to share my experience with anyone who has C that there is an alternative to treating themselves by changing their life style and using the alternatives to what is being offered by the medical establishment and big Pharma.. I am not against them I just don't believe they have my best interest at heart or a cure that is going to offer me a positive outcome based on my research.. believe me I am hoping and praying for everyone no matter what treatment they chose to get better and live long and happy lifes....
Wish you all lots of hope and happiness & god love us all..
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Well I got some stuff to report and as I stated earlier I would when I had something meaningful to write. This has been a difficult period in my life as I know it is for everyone else dealing with the illness.
Several weeks ago I started to experience a burning sensation in my left thigh when I was sitting down, the burning sensation in my leg led me to believe I had twisted my back and I never gave it much thought till the pain kept increasing each week. I visited with my GP about 10 weeks ago and he decided I needed a CT Bone Scan,
He ordered a complete blood work and the results from my blood tests were great. My PSA unfortunately has risen from1528 to 1954 in the past 6 months, at least it did not triple like it did the previous 18 months, everything else in my blood work came back in the normal range and in most cases it was better than normal. I really believe this is due to my change in diet and life changing things I have been doing since I found out my PSA was 1554 about 8 months ago, also I have noticed my thoughts are clearer, memory is better and I have even been able to see better.
My doctor he also put me on Hydroconde 4X a day for pain in my leg and then ordered a nuclear CT Scan, this scan showed a couple of suspect hot spots occurred in my L2 and T8 on my spine.
The Hydrocodone was effective initially in treating the pain, but after a couple of weeks the pain to my leg returned sooner and sooner after each pill so he increased the dosage from 4 times a day to 6 again.. The pain medication was then changed again as my leg and lower back were constantly aching and Oxicotine 30mg as ordered to be taken 2 X per day with the Hydrocodone.
My doctor then ordered a MRI and the results showed a lesion on my L2 causing an impingement on my spinal column, the impingement is to ½ of my spinal cord at the L2 area. The radiologist who did my biopsy believed this was a metastasis of my prostate & he commented that I had several smaller lesions on my spinal column from L2 to T8 areas normal for metastasis cancer. I then had a biopsy on L2 area and the results were positive for MC, the tumor has been pressing against my spinal cord and based on the increasing pain since this started it is getting worse not better.
I was then referred to an Oncologist who reviewed my radiologist reports and told me I needed to immediately have radiation treatment on my L2 area to stop the cancer from continuing to press into my spinal cord, his fear was it could cause paralysis. I was referred by him to have radiation treatments started as soon as possible, today was my first radiation treatment and I got to say “it was a little intimidating to say the least, not that the staff isn’t nice, but all the tests and equipment are a little intimidating, at least it was for me”. I have 13 more treatments to go so at least I got the first one out of the way.
I have been starting another medication which is a steroid and I will see my Oncologist in a couple of weeks for Hormonal treatment, he is going to use a drug called Casodex, my understanding is this drug will stop the testosterone that is feeding my C. If this drug is successful it will starve my cancer to my spine and the cells will stop duplicating. Basically they will starve to death and die, the oncologist is optimistic as he has had many patients that he has successfully treated. I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that this treatment could work for me. I read in some cancer book that if this treatment does not keep the PSA knocked down that the cancer will continue to grow aggressively and there are few options one can count on the keep the illness in remission.
On another note, I lost a dear friend and mentor last Sunday to PC, his nake was George Lemarquand, he dedicated his life to serving people as an ambluance driver, first aid instructor and he always had kind words for people, he fought his battles bravely and finally subcombed to his awful illness, I found out about my High PSA 40 in 2004 at the same time he found out he has PC, he took his road using all the tricks and wonders of medicine and eventually lost his battle as they ran out of tricks, he sufferred a lot near the end and I am sad he is gone but glad he is not suffering anymore.
Although I am struggling with my illness I will continue my holistic approach to nurishing my body with the best food and natural cures to help my body as much as it can, I will used what my doctor recommends to assist me in the war my body is fighting, my holistic approach may not be the total solution but I believe it helps my body be stronger with my battle against my illness.
That’s it for today, I hope everyone lots of love, pain free days and the best of health and a mostly Happy and Long Life. Thanks for listening I feel like your all my brothers, Till I post again…