November 17, 2006

Cuarenta tres sesenta uno!

Spanish never sounded so good!!

43.61 - that was the result of my PSA test on Monday. Down another twenty percent in three weeks time!!

Additionally, the blood tests that were done to make sure my new meds are not negatively impacting my kidneys and liver all came back normal, which was great news as well. We will continue to monitor this closely, along with the PSA #. I had my third Zometa infusion and this time I experienced no bone pain afterwards. I am hopeful that this will continue to be the case going forward.

As the Oncologist said Monday…"Full Steam Ahead"!

Looks like we're going to slide through the holidays without having to even think about chemo!!
I'm hoping we glide right though Spring, through 2007 and beyond.

Since I like to tie music into my posts, here's a little Janes Brown....everybody with me now: "I feel good, na-na-na-na-na, I feel nice, like sugar and spice...."

I've mentioned the stress of work here a number of times lately. IT has provided me with a good distraction while awaiting test results. We launched the product on Monday. It has been an awesome experience. I am privileged to work with some really great people! This morning I had the opportunity to do a demo for our CEO and his lead team. The demo went without a hitch and was well received.

I have always been a very even tempered person. Emotionally I don’t fluctuate a lot day to day, week to week. The same holds true when dealing with stress. At times I get the impression this kind of freaks my boss out a little bit. Last week, as we were preparing for Launch Monday, we ran into several critical issues. My demeanor didn’t change a bit. Inside I was a going nuts, Friday afternoon was perhaps the most stressful work related situation I have experienced in many years. Perhaps it's the cancer? You see, at the end of the day, how I perform and how that impacts my career just aren’t that important to me. Don't get me wrong, I busted my butt on this project, giving 110% at all times, but what I think I have discovered is, I don't get stressed out because at the end of the day, in my life, there is something just a little more important. I'm not sure if this all makes sense, but that's my story, I'm sticking to it.

I was reviewing the posts of the last week and as I reread my post of 11-12, I was concerned that the message might be interpreted incorrectly. It was a risk at the time to post those thoughts. I feel that I should follow up with this; I was not at all being judgmental. My point, and the only point I intended to make was that my hope for those close to me, as well as everyone reading this; DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE. Again, change is difficult, I know that and have lived it. My only point is you can be forced to change or you can choose to change!! I wish I would have made a change on my own terms, regarding leading a healthier lifestyle.


Anonymous said...

David, great to hear once again that your PSA has continued its decline. Have a great Thanksgiving.


Anonymous said...

David as I said in an earlier posting please don't confuse preaching with teaching. You are teaching and everyone realizes it.

What you have been through gives you a very different perspective on life than most of us will ever have. You have a much clearer vision. A vision that if adopted by all "healthy" people could change the world.

The problem is most of us wait until it hits close to home to make changes and some of us never make changes no matter how close to home it hits.

Just know that you and the courage you have to share your story has impacted so many lives. The impact is far reaching and overwhelmingly positive.

God gave you a mission and you are acting on it. We should all act on God's mission the way you have. Imagine what a difference that would make in the world.

God Bless