I was notified via FB that Austin is having yet another (not sure how many this years is...I'll get back to you) Austin Pub Crawl for cancer. They get camaraderie, a serious buzz, to sample all kinds of new ales and stuff...and the cancer community wins!.
I saw my oncologist last week and had a blood draw. My PSA has risen steadily from immeasurable in January of 2015 (right after I decided to forgo further hormone deprivation) to now a 1.32. While urologists don't get concerned until it hits the 4.0+ range for "normal" males, for those who have been diagnosed with Stage IV, metastatic (lungs), Gleason 8, aggressive PC, the line trailing up quite likely means growth in my unwelcome friend. I'll have a MRI in the next 10 days to get a good look at what's going on there. I the mean time, CBD order is in the works and I should begin that treatment around the same time as the MRI.
This last week, I've been out in the Austin heat in an un-air-conditioned car daily either working (2 days picking up extra $$ to make disability income liveable), helping a friend who has always helped me (the friend had a bad car accident but she is, thankfully, ok), oncologist appointment (not so much fun) and having dinner with a nephew and his kids (delightful!). But I do believe it wore my butt out. Neuropathy, in my feet and hands in particular, just is maddening. Be leery of docetoxel....VERY leery!
But I am grateful that in a week, almost $ 3,500 was raised to obtain CBD oil which is in process. Friends, family and people whom I've never met and who chose to remain anonymous have given. This allows me to pursue treatment I could otherwise only dream of.
I'm humbled and grateful that via 21 friends, family and people I've never even met, over $1800 has been raised towards my goal of obtaining 2 full rounds of CBD oil treatment for my advanced, aggressive case of prostate cancer.
This has completely taken me out of my comfort zone. I've worked since I was 14 and have always been able to pay my own way. But at the urging of a brother and close friend, I've helped pursue this.
I've been struggling with advanced prostate cancer for 2 years now. The degree and type of tumor I have was only eligible for one 8 round session of chemo, which I did. The only other insurance approved treatment is with hormone suppressing drugs which have wretched side effects. I have chosen, hopefully with your help, to pursue an option that an increasing body of evidence shows to be a far less harmful and, more importantly, more effective treatment.
Please read, share and donate to the fund raiser, started by my brother ED, for an alternative treatment as you can and see fit to.
No amount is too small or in anyway insignificant.