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Hi, I am a male of 59 years, last of six kids to a preacher and his wife who served Reformed and Presbyterian churches in their lifetimes.
I attended and graduated with a BA in Sociology and minor in Music from a Presbyterian College, 1965.
I am an Army veteran from the Vietnam Era with no fighting experience, being stationed in the Panama Canal Zone as a Chaplain's Assistant, clerk typist.
I have been married 28 years and we have a 21 year old daughter in college.
My interests are singing gospel quartet, hunting, and fishing, watching Michigan professional sports.
My favorite Bible book would be the gospel of John.
Favorite translations are NASB and NKJ because of a definite interest in capitalization.:)
2002 brings with it a fight with cancer for me, so if I don't answer you Later, it would only be because I would be away from the computer.
My cancer which is stage four prostate cancer has been aggressive and has gone to my bone. In a couple of weeks I will be having another bone scan to see if I have any new spots. So far I have had detected by a scan, a spot on my right hip which was determined to be from the prostate cancer.
I will be taking shots for the rest of my life for the cancer, but have not experienced any great pain. I am feeling well and would not know that I have a problem. I am mobile and exercising; enjoying my retirement here at the computer a lot.
I encourage all men over 40 to have their blood work done; checking their PSA level often. Prostate cancer is one of the best treatable cancers to have but it can be aggressive.
I thank my friends for their continued prayers for me and my family.
We have airplane flights and a cruise trip planned for after Christmas, 2002. Therefore you can pray for our safety in that regard.
We enjoyed, with safety and good health a cruise and saw the new year in on board with 70 nations represented we were told. It was fun and we would do it again, if we had the money. :)
God has been good as I celebrate my 60th birthday tomorrow. Thanks again for your prayers.
From the heart, Ray
Update: September 4, 2003
Tomorrow I have what is called a TURP procedure done for my prostate condition. Many people are praying for me and I would appreciate all of yours, too. I love you all and have appreciated the time spent with everyone on the forum.
Update: January 2, 2004
This will be a year-end newsletter that will tell you more than you needed or wanted to know. But men, have your prostates checked regularly and blood work done for PSA readings.
The hormone shot that I am expecting to take the rest of my life wasn't keeping the PSA level low, so with a much elevated level present and scans that showed a spread of the cancer to more spots on my hips and back, I was put on chemo therapy.
I am on my fourth round of chemo and each session has cut the PSA reading in half, so my doctor is pleased with how it is going. I am experiencing the usual hair loss, but no nausea that is often present in chemo therapy.
Since I am pain-free and mobile, I am indeed blessed. Thanks to everyone praying for me.
Have a blessed 2004.
Update, April, 2005
My cancer has spread to even more bones, and I am feeling more pain and nausea which is to be expected. But my doctor has even more options for my treatment, and I am continuing to be thankful for each new day. Thanks again for your best wishes and prayers.
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