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Embrace The Suck — Radiation Therapy Begins

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Orchids
Parrish, Florida — December 2012
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

My journey with prostate cancer continues, for today marks the beginning of daily radiation therapy to kill the remnants of the tumor that were missed during the surgery I had back in late March (earlier posts on the subject can be found here and here).

Each weekday afternoon for the next 7-weeks I’ll show up at the treatment facility, get oriented horizontally with my legs braced in a special foam cast, the radiation technicians will fine-tune the targeting using my three new “dot” tattoos (outside left upper thigh, outside right upper thigh, and lower abdomen), then I’ll wait as the huge linear accelerator weaves its business end all around my pelvic region for 10-15 minutes, then I’ll be finished for the day and return to work.

At least, that’s the plan.

I’ve been told that I should not expect any side effects for the first two weeks or so, but then they will begin to build after the initial grace period.  What will the side effects be?  I’m told that they can vary widely according to the individual.

I’m fond of a quote from Mel Brooks classic dark comedy, Young Frankenstein, where Marty Feldman’s character Igor says, “Could be worse.  Could be raining!”  Only in this case I seem to be catching the rain a lot more than not.

Due to the prep requirements for each daily session, I predict I’ll drop a lot of weight by the time I’m finished, as having to cleanse every morning with Milk of Magnesia will do that.

Let’s hope that this puts an end to the tumor; if it doesn’t, then chemotherapy is the next step.

And I really don’t want to do that.

Oldie But A Goodie

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Grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum)
Central Maryland — April 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

It’s grape hyacinth time in our yard at present, but with all the wacky weather lately, they don’t look very presentable this year — so here’s a great shot of them taken 15 years ago, almost to the exact day!

I never tire of taking photos of freshly blooming flowers in the spring, especially given all the medical procedures I’ve had in recent years… it really makes me appreciate being alive to see them.

Embrace The Suck — Pathology Report

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Cherry blossoms in peak bloom at the Tidal Basin yesterday
Washington, DC — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

I spoke with my prostate surgeon two days ago and have since been processing what he shared with me, as it’s the classic good news / bad news report that you really never want to hear.  And part of my way of dealing with it was to go down the the Tidal Basin in DC, and partake of the lovely cherry blossoms, which are currently at peak color (taking photos to use for later reference as the basis of watercolor paintings is my own special version of self-medicating). Continue Reading →

Embrace The Suck — The Big C

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Orchids
Parrish, Florida — December 2012
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Whenever I’m stressed, I look for bright and intense colors to help me deal with whatever is bothering me.  And that’s my theme for this morning.  By the time you read this, I will be in surgery today for prostate cancer. Continue Reading →