- Pendleton, OR
- Member Since Sep 2012
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Survivor: Prostate Cancer
- Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 21 years ago, Male, Age: 81, Stage Recurrent, Progressing despite hormone therapy: Yes
- View this journey (9 Experiences)
Pinky shared an experience
Decision Point (Live or die.): After about two years of self pity, depression and medical treatment I finally wised up and decided that life was too short and you need to live each day to the fullest.
I got involved with a local church which was a great beginning. I'm sill involved with this same church and what a great group friends.
Then on June 8, 2002 I went to the Round Up Athletic Club to inquire about a weight loss exercise program and met this wonderful trainer, Michele (Cooke) Malcolm who started an exercise program for me. This then led to my introduction to the SPIRIT PROGRAM and another wonderful trainer, Deb Shampine, who worked with me for a year. I also started with a massage program and continued to have a massage once a month for a year. The SPIRIT PROGRAM provides free exercise, massage and yoga for a year for cancer survivors. This is funded by a local cancer group, Cancer Community Renewal Project. I am now a board member and help lead the fund raising events and volunteer for other cancer related projects.
Because of Michele (Cooke) Malcolm, Deb Shampine and the SPIRIT PROGRAM new avenues opened up for me. I joined a bicycle club (Pendleton On Wheels) and started snowshoeing. These new activities opened up a whole new set of friends for me. To this day I still volunteer with the cancer group and the bicycle club.
So now I have to think back and give thanks to GOD for he had and has a plan for me. Go through a divorce, cancer treatment, feel sorry for myself and then come out on the other side to volunteer, share my experience and try to help others who may be going through this dreaded cancer journey
This is my story and I thank GOD that each morning when I get up I am still on the right side of the dirt.
Pinky shared an experience
Celebration (Finished treatment): I finished my treatment in March 1996. I was cancer free until July 2000 when my 6 month checkup revealed that the cancer was back. I then had my first Lupron shot which seemed to be the best course of action. Each shot lasts for 4 months and I usually get 2 shots. I am then good for about 2 years and then get another series of 2 shots. Side effects are hot flashes and low energy levels.
The celebration of finishing treatment didn't last long. I live every day with the though cancer in my body, where will it raise it's ugly head next.