So many interesting things going on. At the beginning of a new year, we stand a precipice of a new adventure that we wouldn't have put in our life, but did watch for none-the-less.
As Jim's dad died of bladder cancer, we feel due to his exposure to asbestos in his car repair business and his poor diet, AND the fact JIm's grandfather died of prostate cancer, we have always been on the lookout for an symptoms of the disease.
Interestingly enough, it was a kidney stone that pointed us in that direction rather than rising PSAs.
So long story short, in November, Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The family kicked into gear, researching through the internet, books, friends, extended family, and every medical professional or prostate cancer survivor we came in contact with.
The GREAT news: Prostate has one of the BEST cure rates, BEST survivor rates if caught early. While most men don't contact it until they are much older, most never die from the disease.
Though Jim's is an aggressive form of prostate cancer (hence getting it so young), it is only at Stage 2, so we need to treat it and not ignore as is the offering for others.
After two months of research, we have been fortunate enough to find a urological surgeon who has been performing robotic surgery for more than 20 years and has perfected the process beyond what we were reading.
So in February, Jim will have surgery with Dr. Perrotti of Albany Urologic Oncology.
The actual surgery can be seen here...pretty interesting to say the least:
Nerve Sparing Prostatectomy
|Jim & JoAnn - St. Augustine|
We basically repeated the trip we did in September...starting with going to Jim's sister's home, where we enjoyed some Mexican food and hospitality with Christina; then moved on to Dan and Theresa's for a couple days and got to see St. Augustine at Christmas. Then we went on to Aaron and Corinn's where Dan and Theresa joined us and we exchanged gifts.
|Dan & Theresa|
|Asher & Friend with Grandpa|
|Trying out Elijah's new gift|
Perfect holiday, Perfect Gift, Perfect time of celebration!
|Asher's picture of Mom (Jessica)|
|Heading out to rollerskate.|
|Jim with Aunt Sylvia|
Jim and I took Asher with us on a visit to Lake Arrowhead to check out possible retirement locales. Beautiful place!
Asher delighted us with conversation, drawings and encouragement, shouting "Go for it Grandpa!" when teetered on the edge of a roller-coaster-like road wondering if our little Focus could make it up the steep hills.
Upon leaving the grandboys we drove on to visit Jim's Aunt Sylvia and cousins Carol and Jeff, before heading home through the snowstorm (Go for it Grandpa???) and safely arriving home.
Sated and Grateful for all that we had seen, experienced and accomplished.
Now on to a new year with new experiences and new blessings!