My Journey and Cure of Prostate Cancer

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Month: August 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Surgery Day……… GOD IS GREAT

[I]t is 4:35 am and been up since 3… My enema was still kicking in! We are leaving here at 5:00 am and supposed to be there at 5:40 am. The actual surgery for me is at 7:40 am. I hope that everything goes well. It’s 100% GOD’s plan for me and I just have to have the FAITH that what he decides for me is best and that I am so thankful for him dying on the cross for my sins. And by his Grace, I am saved eternally. Amen!

I will be in the hospital today Friday and hopefully released on Saturday to come home. I will update with GOOD NEWS then.

Thanks,
Brian 🙂

The Day before my surgery

[W]ell, it’s Thursday morning. I got up around 4:55am and came downstairs for a cup of coffee and turned on the to find McEnroe vs Courier playing a match on the Pwr Shares Tour. I am at peace. Just got done watching a really good and comforting video about a man’s experience – it was really helpful to me. My biggest fear today is trying to figure out how to give myself that Fleet Enema. I actually have to do 2 of them, and drink this other crap. I watched a couple of Youtube videos on how to do it, but…I wish my wife was home today to help me! Oh well, it’s a small inconvenience to prepare for the surgery tomorrow.

My main goal is to continue to put my faith in Jesus Christ, that’s a given. To be a leader for others and not be afraid, but be STRONG and COURAGEOUS and know that “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.”
It’s interesting that GODS PLAN for me is to strengthen my faith in him. I am really excited about this increased presence and fortitude that he’s given me.

Things to do today… Get my son’s car out of the body shop. He got rear ended recently and it had to be repaired. Then, mail a couple of rackets to an Ebay buyer. Lost money again on those darn things! Decided to try the new Prince Textreme Warrior 100, it’s John Isner racket. I need to mow the front and back lawns too! I bought a new bike helmet thinking I would ride my bike, but…. my left hip has really been bothering me. I tried to got for a ride and got about 1 minute away and had to come back! Ouch!!

T-Minus 3 days till my surgery

[W]e went to Fred Meyer and pick up some of the preparatory items needed for the pre-surgery and some post surgery items. My parents are bringing over one of their lazy boy chairs too

I am taking off Thursday as I am just going to wrap up a few things and can’t eat anything after noon. Then I have to do a couple of Fleet Enema’s and drink a Laxative drink – chilled that is! LOL!IMG_0313

Oh… forgot one thing to add to the picture – the scrub soap, the night before and day of showers are to be used with this special disinfectant solution. Yipee!!!

My main concern is the pain after the surgery, but after reading so many RP stories, I think (like I did with the TRUS Biopsy) making a big deal out of nothing. Sure… I am expecting some discomfort – that is par for any surgery.

I am praying for PEACE and knowing that I can do ALL things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me!

Question: “What is the peace that passes all understanding?”

Answer: In Philippians 4:7 we have a wonderful promise: “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It is important to note the context of this promise, because that’s where we find the condition: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (verse 6). God’s peace is promised to guard those who pray—with thanksgiving—about everything. This peace will transcend our ability to understand it.

There are other gifts of God that are not fully comprehensible to us. The gift of salvation is “indescribable” (2 Corinthians 9:15). The complexity and wisdom of God’s plan is inscrutable (Isaiah 55:8–9). According to Ephesians 3:19, the love of Christ is something else so great we will never fully understand it. Likewise, human reasoning is incapable of fully comprehending the peace of God.

The believer who places his or her full confidence in a loving God and is thankful in every circumstance will possess a supernatural peace. An inner calm will dominate the heart. The faithful believer will know peace—his heart and mind are “guarded” by it—despite the tempest raging without. No one, especially those outside of Christ, will be able to fathom that peace. To most, it will remain a mystery how someone can be so serene in the midst of turmoil.

The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with God is not the peace of this world. The world’s peace depends on having favorable circumstances: if things are going well, then we feel peaceful; when things go awry, the peace quickly dissipates. Jesus made the distinction between His peace and the world’s vacillating peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27).

God’s supernatural peace surpasses natural understanding. A cancer patient who experiences a remission of the disease may proclaim, “I am so thankful to God!” That is praise. A cancer patient who is dying and in pain may calmly say, “Everything is all right. I claim Romans 8:28, and I have peace in my heart.” That is “the peace that passes all understanding.”

My Reassurance that Dr. James Porter – Is the guy and his team too!

jumping for joy [I] wish I had paid more attention to this link here just to read some of the many happy patients Dr. Porter has! This has finally given me 110% assurance that GOD’s decision was correct… Or I should say that GOD”s always right… but… this sure help me believe GOD is in control! In fact, I would almost “jump for joy” that I am reassured and finally can quit trying to find more patient stories. I am getting really tired of reading things of which some are not great, but I try to just look for positive stuff.

It’s my moms birthday tomorrow and we are going to the fancy Canlis restaurant. She certainly deserves the best and IS the best mom ever.. My dad is great and the best as well too! I have WONDERFUL Christian parents who love the LORD.reassurance

Happy Sunday!
Brian 🙂

Trying to get ready for surgery T-Minus less than 2 weeks

[W]ell, as I am now less than two weeks away from my surgery date on 8/26/2016. I am trying to lose about 10 pounds and work out everyday UNTIL the surgery and when done with surgery and cleared – start walking as much as possible. which way

I am finding myself trying to watch every YouTube video on Radical prostatectomy stories that I can find. As well as ones with lymph node dissections. Why? Good question? I guess I am trying to find out other folks who in my shoes and that had a successful outcome. The real question is my faith. Why am I doubting that GOD is not in control and going to be ultimately responsible for the outcome and my complete cure – and that they will not find any cancer cells that spread outside the prostate. As a precautionary measure, the protocol is to remove the nerves on that side as well as the lymph nodes. foot

I played some tennis this morning. My shoulder is finally starting to feel better. As well as my new Prince Graphite 100LB arrived today. I need the extra inch with my left hip issue – that is for sure! I need to start riding my bike some, after I get a helmet LOL! As well as hit the treadmill and perhaps even the pool! I need to do something everyday until the surgery so my heart/mind/soul are ready to go.

Two Miracles in one day! Thanks and GLORY BE TO GOD ALMIGHTY!

[I] had made my mind up that I wanted a second opinion and that opinion with Dr. James miraclePorter at Swedish. Part of me felt guilty for doing it, but…. I said to myself, “who’s the best of the best” around her at the Radical Prostitechtomy. IT was none other than Dr. Porter. So, I had left them a message with his scheduler Jenn. I got a call this morning around 0800 am and I was just ready to drop her off, but I had to keep her on hold as I didn’t want for my daughter to know. So, what if I had called her back? After, I dropped my daughter off, she (Jenn) came back on and said, “Dr. Porter can’t see you till October 11th” is his first office appointment available. I was like……..no… (to myself) and felt a bit deflated. Then she said, “hold on for sec” and low and behold, a cancellation happened at 3:30pm. So, I got there today and met with his “fellow” for about 45 minutes then Dr. Porter came in. I liked him from the get go! We chatted and I told him how I ended up there. miracle 1He also told me that just because my CT/MRI/Bone Scan/Trus Biopsy were clear, that doesn’t mean I was out of the woods. In fact, he would have to remove the lymph nodes (a specialty that he trains folks all over the world) how to do it – in fact, he just returned from Florida, where he trained Dr. Patel and others on the process. He’s done over 3000 of these and I wanted to get to the best. So, the fact that I got the initial appointment was miracle one. So, Dr. Porter said that he was my guy and that he could help me. But… that old but… and the but was that he couldn’t help me UNTIL in late November. So, he recommended (like he did for the guy right next door to me) – his prior appointment, he gave him a Luperin shot (Hormone). This was to last 3 months and prevent the cancer from growing and that “hot flashes” and weight gain/lack of energy could be side affects.

So, he goes to the nurse to give me the hormone shot and.. he comes back and says, “hold on” and for some reason, Jenn his scheduler was still there – it was after 5pm. Then back he comes and says, “someone is definetly looking after you. I had asked GOD for a sign that I was in the right place. He says, Jenn found an opening that had not been confirmed on 8/26 at 0740am!!! Miracle two!

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mir33This guy is so busy, he does nothing but surgery four days a week! He is TRULY the expert on the west coast. He also said he was the expert in the lymph node process. He said my surgery would be upwards of 4 hours!

I am so thankful to GOD!

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