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It seems all of the best treatments for prostate cancer have not been approved and most are only available outside the USA. Treatment options outside the country or under development are HIFU, Laser, Hyperthermia, Boron Neutron capture therapy and orphan drugs, just to name some. Focal Laser Ablation is a good option with fewer side effects however it is not widely available in the USA and sometimes not practical. Any cancer patient man or woman who are being offered chemotherapy should be particularly cautious.

Chemotherapy can be extremely toxic and sometimes deadly. Without genomic testing or proof of the effectiveness of the specific drug being used on the exact cancer type being treated, chemotherapy can often be more toxic to the patient then to the cancer. Chemotherapy may be extremely expensive, profitable for some doctors if dispensed by the doctor and not by a third party and can be misused or overused, sometimes for profit.

This is a well documented and common practice. When a doctor, rich, famous or influential person becomes ill often the testing and treatment are more thorough, advanced and beneficial. If you are an average or uninformed patient you may be a prime candidate for predatory doctor offering prostate cancer testing and treatment.

Often few good choices often exist for treatment. A prostate cancer patient treatment choice often ends up being the least worst choice or the choice with the side effects a patient thinks he can tolerate. Patients can sometimes be mislead about the expected side effects and results of the treatment being offered. The risk of chronic fatigue and depression is often never disclosed. Long term care consists of regular PSA testing for years.

Long term care for side effects is often lacking or exploitive or ineffective. Often complaints of side effects are disregarded by nurses, doctors and sometimes referred out to other doctors. The patient is sometimes left to figure out what to do about his side effects with the resources available to him.

Long term side effects often consist of fatigue, bowel or urinary problems, sexual dysfunction, depression and other symptoms. Patients with complaints of chronic fatigue are often told to exercise, get plenty of sleep, pace yours self and eat a healthy diet; this advice is of limited help for chronic fatigue. Often treatments for long term side effects are embarrassing, degrading, unavailable, nonexistent, costly, not effective, not offered or bothersome. Prostate cancer treatment often results in fatigue, depression, isolation and sometimes suicide. Billions of dollars are profited from ED drug and other ED products, catheters, pads and diapers, drugs for depression or pain or insomnia or incontinence, additional treatments and surgeries for side effects.

Also treatments for the multiple and bizarre side effects from hormone ADT therapy chemical castration is sometimes required. Men, ageing and elder abuse: If any man lives long enough it is very likely he will have a prostate problem, low testosterones or some form of sexual dysfunction. In my opinion modern medicine often has been exploitive, abusive and has provided substandard care for older men in general due to all of the explanation given in this text.

I believe much of the attitudes toward older Americans need improvement and they are sometimes viewed as being subhuman and exploitable by various groups and individuals. If documented cases of unnecessary surgery and radiotherapy or blind biopsies on children by doctors for profit were released, the vast majority of Americans would be outraged and this practice would quickly end. However for older men it dose not seems to be of great concern!

As defined by some or all state laws, exploitation of elderly men by overprescribing treatment for profit is a crime or an offence of various guidelines and regulations. It is extremely unlikely any doctor will ever be prosecuted or have a medical license suspended for this common and extensively documented abuse or crime. One patient after recovering from a brain injury testified that he was repeatedly abused, slapped and hit, forced to drink boiling hot tea by multiple caregivers and sexually assaulted by one female caregiver. It is well documented that all forms abuse do occur to the aged and disabled in nursing homes and other facilities including, neglect, theft, starvation, torture, harassment, sexual assault, etc.

I personally know of an elderly lady that is living in an expensive assisted living home that has had all of her possessions radio, clothes, underwear, shoes stolen and replaced by her family several times including the sheets off of her bed, even after the sheets where marked with her name using a larger permanent marker pen. Prostate cancer patients are at an increased risk of suicide. Almost all prostate cancer treatments usually result a high percentage of erectile dysfunction. Excluding hormone therapy, lower libido is almost never disclosed as a treatment side effect and sometimes it is completely denied as a problem.

Blind biopsies can sometimes or often cause temporary or permanent ED. Often claims of prompt effective treatment for ED or other side effects if they occur after treatment are often misleading. Statistics for ED percentages from treatment are usually quoted after treatment with Viagra, Muse or other ED treatments, therefore most statistics are very misleading. For cryotherapy, ED rates are extremely high. At these prices Lilly could consider including the bathtubs featured in its advertisements for Cialis.

Many insurance companies will not pay for ED drugs or treatment.

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The patent for Viagra should have already expired in the USA. Less expensive generic drugs are usually unavailable in the US. This is further exploitation by the drug companies of men in general. Men are also exploited by counterfeit mail order ED drug sales. ED drugs are not always effective and may have side effects. Men will often not seek treatment because or these reasons.

Some side effects may not be disclosed at all. If side effects low libido, chronic fatigue, depression, increased suicide risk, etc are not disclosed, no percentages will usually need to be quoted. Results are often worse for a surgery option, the main difference in ED results between surgery and radiotherapy is; with surgery ED will start out bad and may or may not get better with time, however with radiotherapy ED will get worse over time. Cure rates are often quoted at the 5 years mark for most treatments. Ask your urologist or radiation oncologist for a year cure Rate.

If the physician is unable to provide one, consider finding another doctor. Studies and clinical trials results, side effects percentage claims, etc can be biased. I have read and have been given some extremely exaggerated claims mostly lies concerning cure rated, side effects, etc. In conclusion: Prostate cancer patients are sometimes elderly and exploited for profit per documented studies.

A blind biopsy is unsafe and newer test methods should be used. The treatments offered have horrible side effects. Some doctors are treating patients with low risk cancer or advanced age when monitoring is often a better option. Aftercare for long term side effects is frequently ineffective, expensive, not offered, degrading or nonexistent. Prostate cancer patients are seldom told about chronic fatigue and the true risk of side effects are usually understated.

Modern medicine often fails and victimizes prostate cancer patients.

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If a patient has intermediate or high risk prostate cancer and dose not have advanced age he may need treatment. He should have genomic testing and look into other advanced treatments if available and genomic testing. Also he should try and avoid hormone therapy if possible because of the multiple side effects especially if the cancer is organ confined. If laser or other advanced treatments are not available a 5 day SBRT radiation treatment may be considered In my opinion, it could be the best of the bad choices. SBRT seems to be fast, least invasive or traumatic. ED and fatigue is still a high long term risk.

Radiation with hormone therapy has a higher risk of ED and long term fatigue. However, I now believe often prostate cancer testing and treatment could be a mistake in most men. The short version of my story: I was referred to an urologist by my family doctor after a high PSA test. Shortly after my Dr. I now believe this nurse was high because of drug abuse being common among nurses the easy access to drugs.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer by Dr. I refused his surgery and hormone therapy recommendation because of the eminent side effects and his unprofessional nurse behavior, so Dr. When I arrived in his office the waiting room was empty. He also had a large staff. One week after my consultation with Dr. However this nurse could not answer any of my basic questions, lacked any credibility and sounded like a used car salesmen. Most of these office visits caused me multiple problems with offices workers processing paperwork for tests, insurance forms and billing, etc.

Two of these doctors offered me an unnecessary bone scan. Two of these doctors recommended unnecessary hormone therapy ADT Therapy for my organ confined cancer.

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After I absolutely and utterly refused hormone therapy, both doctors admitted it probably would not help me in my final outcome because of the computer estimate run on me with my PSA, biopsy report, etc. I wasted 2 more days verifying it was the correct MRI of me and not some other prostate patient MRI before my treatment could start.

I did receive treatment from Dr. I did have a relatively fast and completely noninvasive treatment SBRT , resulting in months of fatigue, a large PSA bounce 18 mothers later and some other short term side effects. I also no longer trust modern medicine, doctors, nurses, etc. Modern medicine seems to be more of a gamble then a science. I have wasted hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars.

I feel modern medicine has abused and failed me due to the lack of guidelines and regulation, still approved obsolete technology, better unapproved treatments, exploitation, greed, apathy and incompetence. I was never offered Genomic testing. I also believe I should have had no PSA testing or treatment. If I could do it over again, I would also consider no PSA testing and treatment or traveling for advanced treatments from a competent provider if practical and available.

I believe if I did take the two doctors recommendations and received unnecessary hormone therapy in addition to the radiotherapy my quality of life QOL would have been severely impacted for years or permanently and could possibly have resulting in my early death. I did seem to have a lot of bad luck in picking providers or is this just the new standard in medical care? I did also have numerous other billing and paperwork problems probably due to mistakes and apathy. A few of the office staff were incapable of completing some very simple tasks like filling out lab work request or insurance forms.

I have also observed several medical facilities do not require workers to wear name tags and when asked for a name most will give a first name only; this may also be a factor in health care workers not acting in an ethical manner. It seems that this prostate cancer nightmare maze was intended for maximum physical, psychological, financial harm and to be of questionable benefit.

My prostate cancer experience has been one of the worst events that has happened to me in my lifetime and I specifically blame modern medicine for not protecting patients from predatory doctors, substandard technology and a lack of regulations that would protect patients. Hormone therapy would not have been an effective treatment for me. Surgery and Brachytherapy are to invasive. Surgery has an imminent danger of incontinence and ED. A 9 week EBRT radiotherapy was just to long and laborious.

Because castration orchiectomy , ADT hormone therapy chemical castration , LDR Brachytherapy and blind biopsies are what I consider Frankenstein medicine strange, bizarre, brutal, twisted, degrading or a perverted nightmare I would avoid all of them. Unfortunately, I was deceived and misguided into having a blind biopsy. I do not believe other conventional treatments like radiotherapy are good or great choices either, just not as bad and acceptable at that time for me.

I also had no advanced treatment options available to me. As I have stated above, If I could do it over again I would also consider either no PSA testing and treatment or traveling for advanced treatments from a competent provider if practical and available. I am now sure I made the wrong choice by receiving a conventional treatment. With prostate cancer, the testing or treatment is often worse then the disease. I am not implying anyone should make the same choices as I did. I am only giving the motives for my decisions. I was also the victim of profit motivated and substandard providers.

I am now sure prostate cancer testing and treatment is all smoke and mirrors. With some exceptions I now believe this to be mostly true. Always protect yourself: It should not be up to a patient to protect himself or herself from harm from doctors, however the new standard in medical care now seems to be substandard. If you are concerned about misuse or privacy issues, refuse to fill out EPIC questioners and limit the information given to relevant information only.

If you have a high PSA or prostate cancer, educate yourself. A patient should be extremely skeptical if exaggerated claims are made about minimal long term side effects from conventional treatments or blind biopsies. Bring someone educated or astute with you to your consultations and appointments. Insist on Genomic testing if you have prostate cancer. Avoid doctors that are mostly profit motivated. Do not submit to a prostate blind biopsy if other options are available.

Get a second or third opinion if you are being offered treatment with low risk prostate cancer. Learn about all your treatment options, testing and side effects. Verify everything you are told. Always ask the name of the person assisting you. If they refuse the request for a name leave immediately you may or may not be in extreme danger. Be very cautious if you are ever refused a copy of your records; demand a copy of your records and a reason for any denial and seek other advice.

Get a copy and keep a file of your test results, biopsy report-Gleason score, PSA, MRI report, treatment plan, bills, insurance payouts, etc. Carefully monitor your PSA. Expect a temporary increase for weeks or months in PSA after some procedures. Verify the accuracy of paperwork.

If treatment is necessary talk to your doctor in advance about side effect management, chronic fatigue, ED, etc. Doctors that provide treatments often have computer software to predict the outcome using test results and different treatment options. Ask to see your computer predicted cure rate outcome with your treatment options if available.

This may give you some insight to your options, cure rate and also to avoid overtreatment. For help contact a good prostate cancer support group without a conflict of interest. What are the motives of your providers, place them in order that you observe at your doctors office: to profit, to cure, to get high on the backroom drug supply, to do less work, to take an extra long lunch or get off work early, to help people, to cover up their incompetents, etc?

This exercise may give you some insight into the care you may receive. A medical holocaust: Multiple studies have verified more deaths caused from prostate cancer testing and treatment then from prostate cancer itself. Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of deaths in the USA over , deaths a year, over one million deaths in 4 years more then suicide, firearms and motor vehicle accidents combined. These statistics do not include people that have had there lives destroyed by modern medicine or a reduction in QOL quality of life.

Strict guidelines for prostate cancer testing and treatment need to be created and enforced because of the extensive and documented abuses of prostate cancer patients: 1. Blind biopsies should be banned. Strict standards and gridlines for testing and treatment need to be created. Full mandatory industry standard disclosure forms need to be created for tests and treatment to include realistic risk factor disclosure. Newer testing and treatments need to be created and approved. Dignity, privacy and confidentiality need to be standardized and enforced in addition to the HIPAA laws.

Aftercare needs to be available, standardized and regulated. The cost for drugs needs to be regulated to end financial exploitation by drug companies. Medical workers should be identifiable and be required to wear name tags with first, last names and job title. Genomic or genetic testing should be required before any patient is sent for treatment, to avoid overtreatment and insure the correct treatment.

A standardized education book or PDF document needs to be created and distributed to all high PSA and prostate cancer patients. It is unlikely any of the above recommendations will be implemented unless prostate cancer affected a larger percent of the population or enough prominent people are affected. Prostate cancer patients must protect themselves as the only alternative! Clarification: The above text may probably anger and upset some people for various reasons. The intent of this document is not to imply all doctors are dishonest or to condemn all medical providers.

The intent is to educate men and prostate cancer patients of the consequences and dangers that may await them so they can take appropriate action and to inform patients of real world, typical or worst case scenarios. I have also tried to include most scenarios a prostate cancer patient should be cautious of. Would some health care providers harm a patient for profit or by accident or some other reason?

Yes, absolutely! I have also had excellent doctors and nurses, however this may not protect you from the bad ones. Are some other doctors and nurses exceptional? Differences in opinion, variations in semantics do not invalidate this document or its intent. Disclaimer: I have no conflict of interest. I do not represent any support group or other organizations. I am not a doctor. I do not prevent, treat, diagnose, cure or advise on medical matters. The information above is for educational purposes only. If you need treatment or medical advice, consult a competent and trustworthy medical doctor.

I have been extensively criticized by some for creating this document and its blunt content. In order to insure my privacy and avoid any potential reprisals, further abuse or exploitation, I will remain Anonymous. Great work in your article. Bless you for telling the truth. Had I known before I went through surgery what life would be like now I would have taken my chances on not having treatment.

Even at 58 years old I would have rather had a few quality years than the post surgery results of incontinance ED and depression for the past 2 years. Again thanks. The tumor had a Gleason Score of 8, and the cells were highly undefererentiated, thus they did not PSA to any great degree. Surgery was ruled out because the cancer had broken through capsule, and invaded part of bladder and urethra. He was started on Lupron and Casodex followed up by 42 treatments of external beam radiation.

He tolerated everything very well. Once a year we would see his radiologist for DRE and review. Every four months we would go for his blood work and Lupron shot, and every other visit we would meet with his oncologist. My husband would have bone density testing done every two years. Our life was going along well; my husband is 16 years out from his initial diagnosis. Then we noticed subtle changes at the medical center: personnel changes; staff no longer there. Finally, our oncologist, with whom we have a great relationship, told us he was now only seeing breast cancer patients.

So he recommended another doctor who supposedly was a prostate specialist. We met with the new Dr. No collaboration— no personality—no rapport with us. We are very anxious now because, after all these years, this new guy wants to upset our path of survival. Please tell us what we can do, and your opinion. Treated with hormone therapy last week. I am 54 years old and had my prostate removed in late December PSA was and went up to within a short time.

Followed up the surgery I had 40 separate days of radiation to make sure they got everything. Additionally, I received Lupron shot before surgery and six months later. I am tired of legs and joints and tendons aching. Also, the hot flashes are awful. Are these Lupron side effects going the end when I stop doing Lupron? Current PSA is below. So I am questioning the value of continuing Lupron given the side effects, especially since the cancer seems to become resistant to Lupron. What else could I take that will not have the side effects?

I appreciate any thoughts people might have. I had prostate removed in Recurrence in late resulting in 37 radiation treatments. Recurrence in , PSA tripling and ct scan showed 14 nodules in lungs. Started Lupron and knocked PSA down rapidly. Get my Lupron injection every 3 months and I find great peace in prayer. I think it works really well with my treatment. God Bless you all! Hi, I am ghazaleh to write this message to you about my father problem.

Actually my father has prostate cancer which me metastasize to his bones and his lymph. He had prostate cancer from 15 years ago, and he had two time surgery. In the last surgery which was about 6 years ago his Dr was cleaned all his Testicle. After that his cancer metastasis to his bones but his dr controlled this by Zometa injection.

From 2 years ago he used Flonatax tablet every day and was injected Diferelin every 3 mounts and his PSA was about 6 and sometimes was 5. Unfortunately, 5 mounts ago his PSA was about 7 and the next mounts became 8. In this time his dr recommended some injection which name is Decapeptid flutamide.

For 5 mounts my father used this injection and after that his PSA result was His Dr told us this treatment is not useful for my father and for one month he should not use anything and after that your father should be go for Chemotherapy. But I want to know is it another better treatment for my father now? If there is, I really would like to take my father to your clinic for his treatment. My father age 72 was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in November with Gleason number 8 and PSA around His bone scan showed the metastasis to bones, ribs and pelvic.

He was treated immediately for hie testicle removal and was put on few drugs and one injection to be given once a month. Till june his PSA was under control but is increasing now and has increased from 1. What is the further course of treatment in this case. Kindly send suggestions on my mail. Hi my grandfather was diagnosed of prostate cancer 10 years backin year and doctors decided to remove testes. Psa came to normal range gradually when it increased he was suggested to take calutide 50 which kept it in control.

However,now after 10 years of the surgery calutide 50 failed to control the psa. He was asked to start Honvan. But honvan is also not able to reduce the PSA. Currently his psa has reached 63 with regional lymphnodal spread and retroperitonel lymphnodal metastases. He also has an enlarged prostate. Please suggest what options do we have?

Your article is amazing help to patients that has been in 5 different story dr. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in when I was 51 years old. My psa was I had surgery and it had spread to one lymph node. My psa started to rise after surgery so I was put on Lupron in Oct. At that time I was told I had 2 to 5 years to live. That was 16 years ago and I am still on it. In my psa started to rise slowly and my last psa count was 1. In I had a ct scan and a bone scan and both were negative. Naturally I still worry every time I have a psa test. Do I still have to worry after all this time?

Dear friends, Before my retirement from Govt. During various tests at the Hospital,one report said I am at initial stage, the second report of the same hospital said I am at last stage. My treating Doctor was astonished to see the difference to which I reacted with a smiling face to my Doctor that I am least worried,you Doctor,please go for may surgical operation, lets it will be first stage or last stage of cancer,it will not effect my age,which is already decided by my SatguruGod, I am fully satisfied.

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The Death is not related only with this disease,there are so many other reasons set out by God other than a disease. I am not afraid of it,my Doctor was happy to see my faith in GodsWill.. So I was surgical operated and set on harmonal therapy with bicalutamide mg by my Doctor with my psa 0. My doctor also got suspicious about gradually increasing my psa, and he then prescribed psa checks after 3 months than 6 months. So,I have suggestions to use prescribed dosages by the Doctor regularly rather decreasing it by own due to side effects,we are to bear these as per our past Karmas.

I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, stage 1 with a Gleason score of 8, psa of I have no symptoms before my biopsy, but after the biopsy, I go to the bathroom to urinate more often, about x. My cat and whole body scan were negative. This, I believe, is the best weapon against cancer. My husband was diagnosed with stage4 prostate cancer. It spread to his pelvic bone.

On hormone therapy for nearly a year. But in January of this year cancer doc decided to try chemo. My husband got one round of chemo and ended up in ICU with severe brain swelling and nearly lost his life. Like 1 in a million. With that being said…It has been a down hill battle ever since.

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He now has an autoimmune disease called NMO. Again I in thousand. You tell me what caused this. One day after administering chemo he nearly died. Before this he was living somewhat of a normal life. Now he can barely walk,falls,losing his vision,confused,depressed,headaches,brain biopsy that shows lessions that go along with the disease. Could go on. My heart is broken. Yet his psa is normal. At least one thing is good.

Prayers to all of you. His case is not the norm. Since I have used Lupron and Casodex very intermittently two to six months at a time. This treatment immediately drives PSA and Testosterone to near zero. But I have suffered serious depression and anxiety since And I have tried at least ten of the traditional antidepressants with no help at all. I have discovered on my own that my only relief comes from hydrocodone, with careful doctor and wife supervision. I do not know what I would have done if I had not discovered the hydrocodone symptom relief.

I am currently two months after a second 7. With all my experience, I should know this but how long will the side effects of my last 7. I do not think they ever entirely go away but at some point I hope very soon my depression will become more manageable. What is the half life or side effect duration of Lupron when taken in one month 7. I might add, that hormone therapy remains very effective in immediately reducing my testosterone and PSA to an effective zero , but over the past six years, my PSA return rate has increased to where my PSA no doubles every month during months of no hormone treatment.

My psa level was 4 in , 5. The antibiotics probably lowered the psa to 4. I still waited. In psa was up to 5,8 and another biopsy confirmed it was time for a treatment. Hormone therapy for 18 months,22 external beam radiation treatments and brachytherapy in one treatement. The hormone shots stop my libido so sex is of no interest I have a different outlook Watchful waiting was fine with me.

This is a superb article, thank you. The care was exceptional and, a year out of treatment, my prognosis is good and I am doing my part with nutrition and exercise. My treatment called for Lupron two months prior, the two months during proton treatment, and two months post-treatment. The proton treatment was painless and I had virtually no side-effects from this. Six months after the last Lupron shot timed-out my T tested at , the low end of normal. In short, the drug performs its primary intended function, but the side-effects are pervasive and long-lasting.

This appears to be the case as well with women who take this in treatment for endometriosis. Have you ever had a problem with your computer where you had to call on tech support to solve the problem? A few days ago I wrote about anticipating what God had planned for me at the Mountainside Marketing Conference for Writers. I pride myself on being organized, taking initiative and thinking ahead at all the possibilities. So when this opportunity came up to attend the Mountainside.

I may have a small addiction brewing. While I have never thought of myself as a serious coffee drinker; I do like my morning coffee and have taken to having a coffee in the afternoon. Have you ever had evil thoughts enter your brain? Sure you have. Well maybe Mother Theresa never did. Nevertheless, every once in a while these evil thoughts about what I could do slither. We celebrate Christmas by re-enacting the story of the birth of Jesus, decorating our homes in celebration and exchanging gifts.

It is. To add to that was the flu Thad and I caught while helping to care for our two and. Right now, I am trying to find a rose colored glasses, flower powered medical and aging perspective. Help me. You see, I am now sporting dental braces for the third time in my life. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

I cannot create a better list than what Bridget Gazlay has done. Bridget Gazlay is a freelance writer and artist and is also chronically ill. Every day the wife conjures up positions to put them in and every night the husbands sets up. My grandson, Ryker has a fascination with anything mechanical, specifically the washing machine. He studies the machine as it seeks to level the clothes out, then marvels as the water begins to fill the wash.

I recently did some air travel and was very proud of myself for downloading my boarding pass to my phone in lieu of wasting paper. While I am a product of the generation that feels. Thad and I had some friends over and as good hosts had wonderfully, scrumptious foods with all the calories, sugar, fat and carbs I could think of. The friends brought their delicious contributions as well. Watching it happen takes courage, faith and humor. My body has shifted southward starting with my eyelids which have become hurricane shutters for my.

Have you ever had a dream that came and went and then came again? At times, it felt so out of range that it was merely an unobtainable pipe dream. There were times when the. Freaked out, insecure, neurotic and exhausted. It was. I had a friend who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of thirty, and by the time his young son was born, my friend was in a wheelchair.

Although he did a lot. This past week we lost an incredible human being. He is described as an intellectual genius, who impacted people through his words, his ability to discuss highly volatile and controversial topics with respect and grace. I have some wonderful memories of my dad. He was creative and talented. When we would be running errands in the car he and I would sing songs and even make some up. He could. There has been a lot going on in my life lately. We completed the renovations on our three bathrooms with just a few hiccups that were solved by a talented and honest contractor.

Maintaining our. I made sure that when I moved from South. The memories of my mom are like the varying colors of tulips; each distinctive in the color and hue. It is the variance of memories that come flooding back to me as we celebrate. Prayer, by which. Back in February we returned to our old town for three action packed days filled with appointments with the financial planners, accountants, doctors, and to visits with two family members who, each are in the. This is a handy little pop up that attaches to the back of your phone or I-pad to help you hold onto your.

Ever have one of those weeks when every corner of your life seems to have had a hurricane blow through? Well, this past week has been that way for me. Disease comes in all shapes and sizes, long or protracted, mental or physical; one impacting the other until they often meld into one disease state. My cousin has watched her son sink deep into the. As I began my walk the sun was desperately trying to come out but was no match for the fog that had begun to roll in.

When I walked around the lake, the steam. As I prepare for the mornings event, dread takes over my movements so they are slow and deliberate as if I can slow down time with slow motion. Fear grips my body like King Kong. I have been spending some time thinking about priorities. Where do I spend my time, my money, my thoughts, and my prayers? These questions come to me periodically, at times when I find balancing life. I have been a little busy and somewhat distracted. Ever feel like fire balls are being launched at you?

The more time I spend putting them out,. I was cleaning house the other day and as I dusted a picture of me and three other women I was struck but the specialness of our relationships. Standing tall and smiling, we are linked. With the joys of the Christmas Season came also the the cold and flu bug into our household. So while I am not quite up coordinating thoughts, words and my fingers, I wanted to at.

Tis the season where traditions are created and followed — many of us may not even remember how they began. Some are faith based; some sweet and some can be downright troublesome. The fog begins to lift but I so want to remain within its midst, devoid of all thought, to continue my slumber. I glance at the large red numbers on the clock: am. A wonderful blog from Linda Mowles that is worth repeating here. I have often said that I would rather have a baby than go to the dentist. But at 63, I may have to rethink that statement as I am exhausted after a full day with.

While most of us collect keepsakes, I seem to collect scars. A coronary artery bypass scar, breast cancer scar, a hysterectomy scar, two hip replacement scars — you get my drift. They are like the. Two key chains reside in an outside pocket of my purse with their charms hanging just outside for easy access.

One holds my car keys and has a silver paw on it — showing my. My cousin has been battling breast cancer since In the last four years it has spread to her lungs and spine and she has exhausted all pill forms of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy available. Have you ever wondered if God was working in your life? Have you been looking for Him in your life? Maybe you think these events are merely coincidences. But for those of us that. The names change but the effects are the same: fear, exhaustion and destruction.

Not only physically. I am not one to get involved in politics or even engage in political discourse. But as I watched the recent events in the news I am compelled to share my thoughts of despair and. Have you ever wondered where God is in your life? Is He even aware of the hopelessness you may be feeling? I was fired up and ready to blow! I received a text from a friend of mine asking for prayers for a medical situation.

She was acting as a health advocate for a mutual friend. Having lived in Boca Raton, FL for 40 years, one of our biggest concerns with moving from South to Central Florida was finding good healthcare providers. Being — ahem — of mature years and having. In the last two and half months since moving from South Florida to Oviedo, I have been shocked, amazed, and left speechless not easily done at the people in my new home town. I was doing due diligence and had scheduled to have a dermatology full body scan as there were a few places that appeared questionable.

Sure enough there was a basal cell carcinoma on my chest. Matthew I have always prided myself in being efficient, goal oriented, doing whatever it took to accomplish a mission. Moving is challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. But I was confident that we were up to the task. After all, I had moved many times in my life.

In fact, at an early age my. The challenges were piling up and I was feeling scared and alone: Our last pet passed to greener pastures and we have agreed not to have another pet for a while. Our home had been. I walk the familiar streets of my neighborhood knowing there are precious few days left. I reminisce about block parties, impromptu neighbor visits under the shade of an oak tree enjoying a beer or a. In our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful. As my life has progressed I have come to have a different perspective. There is less tolerance in general and a sense of impatience that although I always had, seems to have morphed.

I seem. When did a nice catholic girl educated in parochial schools start cursing? I believe it began after raising a child, being a caregiver for multiple family members, nine surgeries, and 62, miles on the body. Today I am not writing about overcoming medical adversity; but about loss. For I have lost someone very dear to me. Heidi came to us having been a puppy mill dog that had been bred. I am going to discuss a matter that is usually shared with your spouse, mother, father, or close friend.

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Have you ever notice that as we age some of our gifts and talents fade, rust, and just plain disappear? I used. Her surprise seemed to over shadow her ability to believe that. Recently she spoke about being through many seasons in her life — some good and some bad. There was a season when she.

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Enjoy this story written by Joseph J Mazzella. People say that things come in threes. I think I am in one of those times. While prayers and time with God allayed my fears I must confess that my need to worry and anticipate was in high gear for the week prior to my right hip replacement surgery. I will be scrubbed with disinfectant. I will be stripped of my clothing. Devoid of makeup, jewelry, even my wedding rings that show I belong to someone — that I am loved will be removed. If you have, read on. It had been a tough month: my sister in law died, I had an irregular EKG.

When my medical history is shared, people are always amazed at how much of it there is. They wonder how I managed to get through it and still have a good disposition. My husband would. My sister in law was called home this month. Suffering from vascular dementia for many years; it was a long goodbye. A talented musician, a gifted nurse, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother her. This is written by a blogger I follow. I think it needs no further introduction. I hope you find it as true to your life as it is mine.

Lives were lost, blood was shed, and countless tears, fears,. I think this is a wonderful way to connect and create community. Please feel free to post a brief description about your blog. Many blessings for the day. I was visited by my archenemy this week. Breast cellulitis. Despite receiving two bags of Vancomycin in the hospital in November after my left hip replacement. Despite taking a low dose antibiotic every day. A friend of mine is battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones.

A recent conversation with my cousin got me to thinking about how long I could afford to live. Recently my cousin returned to her oncologist after an experimental protocol she was on failed to keep. I almost lost my husband to testicular cancer. Not once, but twice. The first time was when he was 31 years old and our daughter was 11 months old. Then second time she was On a recent visit to NY for a family christening we experienced everything from summer weather to a winter storm.

The first two days were mild with sunny weather and a high of There is nothing like visiting family to make you feel old. From the grand babies that seem heavier than our kids were, to toddlers and young children who have so much energy we tire just. Our friend was having brain surgery. The Melanoma kept insidiously attacking our friend and the three of us were going to visit her and help pass the time until she was taken to surgery. Marla, the big tourist.

Her lie reflected my lie, and suddenly, I felt nothing. Narrator: If I did have a tumor, I'd name it Marla. Narrator: When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep Tyler Durden: We buy things we don't need, to impress people we don't like. Tyler Durden: The things you own end up owning you. Narrator: I am Jack's inflamed sense of rejection. Tyler Durden: Now this is a chemical burn. Tyler Durden: We're the middle children of history, man. We have no great war. No great depression. Our great war's a spiritual one Narrator: You can swallow a pint of blood before you get sick.

Tyler Durden: Listen up maggots! You are not special! You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake! You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else! We are the all singing, all dancing crap of the world! We are all part of the same compost keep. Narrator: On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. Tyler Durden: Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken. Tyler Durden: Now the passing etiquette. Do I give you the ass or the crotch? Tyler Durden: God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars.

Our Great War's a spiritual war We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. Tyler Durden: Fuck damnation, man! Fuck redemption! We are God's unwanted children? So be it! Tyler Durden: Now, a question of etiquette - as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch? Narrator: This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden: I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let Tyler Durden: We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession.

Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra. Narrator: Martha Stewart. Tyler Durden: Fuck Martha Stewart. Martha's polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns. Tyler Durden: Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.

Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells "stop! Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight. Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells 'stop! Tyler Durden: This is your pain. This is your burning hand. It's right here. Look at it. Narrator: I'm going to my cave. I'm going to my cave and I'm going to find my power animal.

Tyler Durden: No! Don't deal with this the way those dead people do. Deal with it the way a living person does. Tyler Durden: Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let Tyler Durden: Self improvement is masturbation. Now self destruction Narrator: When people think you're dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just Marla Singer: instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?

Marla Singer: Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak? Tyler Durden: Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. Ricky: Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived.

I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Narrator: I am Jack's smirking revenge. Tyler Durden: Where'd you go, psycho boy? Narrator: I felt like destroying something beautiful. Tyler Durden: You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank.

You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. Narrator: I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species. Narrator: On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. Tyler Durden: It's only after you lost everything that you are free to do anything.

Tyler Durden: You're not your job, you're not how much money you have in bank, you're not the car you drive, you're not the contents of your wallet, you're not your fucking khakis, you're all-signing all-dancing crap of the world. Tyler Durden: You know why they put oxygen masks on planes? Narrator: So you can breath. Tyler Durden: Oxygen makes you high. In a catastrophic emergency, you're taking giant panicked breaths.

Suddenly you become euphoric, docile. You accept your fate. Tyler Durden: "You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake; You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else; We are all part of the same compost heap; We are the all singing, all dancing, crap of the world". Tyler Durden: You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake; You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else; We are all part of the same compost heap; We are the all singing, all dancing, crap of the world.

Narrator: "With a gun barrel pressed between you're teeth, you speak only in vowels".