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Yoga Man

Yoga Man
Yoga seems to be big in the cancer world. At least I didn’t know much about it until I started reading about surviving cancer. I knew that my Mom practiced yoga back when I was little, and she taught me to sit in the lotus position, but other than that it seemed to be just a lot of stretching. So although I read it was one way to protec [...]

Stupidity, Irresponsible Stupidity, a...

Stupidity, Irresponsible Stupidity, and Statistics
I am ending my recent blog silence because I feel compelled to write in support of Newt Gingrich. Now I can’t say I support the way that Newt has chosen to conduct his personal life. And sure, his combative political style arguably played a big role in bringing us to sorry state of politics that we find ourselves in today. But buried in [...]

Go, Harrison Hawk, Go!

Harrison's 2011 basketball picture
Contrary to popular belief, Sarah and I did not name our first child after Harrison High School, where we were high school sweethearts. We just liked the name “Harrison”. We also didn’t name him Harrison after Harrison Ford, although years later both Han Solo and Indiana Jones would become heroes of his. We didn’t nam [...]

Excel-Lent News

Excel-Lent News
We had the first follow-up appointment with the surgeon on Monday. He was pleased with my progress. My first post-op PSA came in at either “0.1″ or “<0.1″ depending on who (and when) you ask. The secretary on the phone said it was “less than 0.1″, which is exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately it’s [...]

The Orwigs are on WordPress!

The Orwigs are on WordPress!
It was time. The Blogspot blog has served me well but after helping some people with WordPress I began to realize how much more it could do. For readers, the only real difference (besides the fact that the look of the site will probably keep changing as I play with styles) will be the change in URL. Simply remove the “blogspot” an [...]

Too Much Information

Too Much Information
First of all, I should let you know that this post deals with adult issues. But don’t get your hopes up. I’m recovering well. I’m in much less pain and my robot holes are already getting hard to find. My first post-op PSA is on Wednesday, March 9th. Really, most of the other tests up until now have been about predicting the [...]

Boo Who

Boo Who
Before I had cancer, and before Dad had cancer, Boo had cancer. He was diagnosed with lymphoma about two years ago and given a very poor, short-term prognosis. The vet gave Amy some morphine to make him more comfortable and she took him home to live out his remaining days. Amy’s job at the time was helping people who were being treated [...]

Good News!

Good News!
The post-operative pathology report is done and the news is good. You may remember we wanted clean margins, nothing in the vesicles, and nothing in the lymph nodes. That’s exactly what they found. Other good news was the Gleason score didn’t increase and they found that only 5% of the prostate was cancerous. Usually, once the pros [...]

Do Not Be Alarmed

Do Not Be Alarmed
Years ago, when a person was subjected to a serious illness, injury, or extreme medical care, they kept that person in the hospital, which was staffed with people who knew what they were doing. Various tubes might be attached to the patient, and various things might ooze from the patient, but those were all taken care of by doctors and nurses [...]

Half Full

Half Full
I feel old. I’m sore, I shuffle around the house slowly, and I spend my time concerned with bodily functions that used to take care of themselves. But I feel much stronger. My odds look somewhat better than they did before but not dramatically better. I think I’m just feeling relief that the worst of the cancer is out of me. Ther [...]

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