I was ordered to do a bone scan last week and just got the results. I’m due for another type of bone density test this coming week as well. Why? Because of the hormonal treatment I’m in for the next five months, we’re making sure my bones hold up. I did not say OLD BONES, you noticed.
Here’s the result that was performed using a GE Lunar Prodigy DXA system. I haven’t got the slightest idea what all that means but the news is good!
Simply, they were interested in the areas where the prostate cancer had metastasized on my rib cage and spine. On my lumbar spine my bone mineral density is 1.539 with a T-score of 2.7. On the Femur, my left femoral neck, the bone mineral density is 1.073 with a T-score of 0.0. Looking at the chart above shows the position I’m holding in this bone density fight.
Based on World Health Organization criteria, I fall within the range of normal. In fact, I’m up quite a bit in normal. No wise cracks from the peanut gallery about being normal. I’m smiling.
This is very important for me because if the next bone scan of a different sort is good news, it means my bones are strong and we can fight much better to kill these enemies of my flesh. I’m very encouraged.
The report also states, “The patient should have a followup scan in 2 years.” That’s music to mine and Judy’s ears. Thank you all for praying and staying the course with us. I’m not lonely nor do I feel alone. With God, nothing is impossible. One way to protect the bone density issue is to pump iron. So baby, I’m pumping my little five pound dumbbells every day.
This is a praise the Lord day for us. Love you all.
Friends have asked for the Good Friday talk I gave this year (2017) for my home church – Arizona Community Church. I’ve added video and pictures to provide more clarity. I’m grateful to Bill Meiter, my pastor for giving me this opportunity to share my heart about the tenacious love of Jesus. The presentation is 15 minutes. Today is Sunday. JESUS IS ALIVE!
Here’s the low down. Judy, Jana, Mindy and I were in Dr Grado’s office today, for the reveal of my CT (Soft Tissue) and Bone Scans.
I had been working on my focus this past week knowing my PSA climbed to 30.9. Dark thoughts, uncertainty, fear and yes, cancer were my enemies/evildoers. There were plenty of times I quoted favorite passages of scripture, especially Ps. 141:8-10.
I had a hard time getting my head around how I could actually feel physically good and have the cancer boys acting up in my body. You were praying for Judy and me. Hundreds of you! We had visits from friends and encouragement galore. It was as if God was saying, “I got this Jerry.”
I knew theologically and intellectually I had to go to the place where my soul and emotional well-being had to accept. I finally got there just before we took off for Grado’s office this morning. Takes me a while sometimes.
I saw myself as one of the three in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I was out of control and about to be thrown in the middle of a huge fire by enemies of my heavenly Father.
Then the trio replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, “…we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
This was it! I told the Lord that he knows what I desire and hears from the prayers of rescuing me from many, as I go into my personal fiery furnace. Even though I enjoyed new levels of intimacy with Jesus, I came to the following conclusion:
“Lord, you are able to save me from these cancer boys, these evildoers, enemies of my body and soul but if you choose not to, I won’t serve the darkness, I won’t serve their little gods set up to destroy our relationship that we have between us. You were, are and always will be GOD!”
Today, as we walked into Grado’s place, God provided his peace that passes understanding. The report was very up lifting.
The PSA count rose up due to the cancer on my bones and not the prostate. In fact, after an examination previous to the consult, the prostate was found to be in a healthy state after the first round of treatment was completed three months ago. But when the mother lode was attacked, the little cancer ships on my back got hostile looking for a food source and began to escalate their growth.
So a decision has been made. We are focusing on the bullseye!
We will address this with hormonal therapy – something I didn’t want to do in the beginning – but it will do a couple of things. 1. Slow the cancer growth down 2. prepare me for the knockout punches needed to complete the healing with a new radio-isotope treatment that follows this total systemic approach.
Once the hormonal therapy is done, I will qualify for the isotope treatment and Medicare will pick the tab up. But if I didn’t do this hormonal therapy, the pharmaceutical designers of the protocol wouldn’t allow it.
In the meantime, I continue to do the IV-C intravenous treatment with Dr Rubin to maintain the strength of my immune system to fight the cancer, and reduce any discomfort I might feel from the hormonal treatment. This complete process will take up to eight months.
I know you are praying, which is major for us. Judy and I are not alone and depend on your prayers. For this stage of my treatment, we need extra help to continue the IV-C treatment and if any of you are in a place financially to consider helping, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can click the bullseye below and link to our PayPal account which is set up for this purpose.
Again, this has been a good day of setting the strategy for healing and I’m grateful you are walking with Judy and me through this fight. God continues to surprise me! I’m finding out He likes doing that.
This past week, I flew in an airplane for work related reasons. It felt so good to do this. The test? To be able to last three to four hours in a plane and return in good shape.
I’m staying disciplined following through in my treatment for eating right (80% organic vegetarian, no dairy and no sugar/ 20% other with organic grass fed meats, fish etc.), exercising (long walks; an occasional limited round of 9 hole golf) and getting IV-C intravenous infusions which continue to bump up my immune system to fight the “cancer boys.”
Judy and I are glad we live in Tempe, AZ. We have Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joes, Natural Foods plus Fry’s. And I should say the epitome of fine organic foods is found at Costco’s. Half joking about that. Judy and I are blessed in understanding how food is becoming our new medicine.
Both Drs Grado and Rubin have released me until March 22 to LIVE! I’m smiling when I say that but I feel good and am as active as I can be. Then, in March, they will rescan my body to see how the healing has progressed. Thank you for praying.
In the interim, it’s been about being and/or feeling normal, and growing spiritually in my relationship with Jesus.
I’m also busy co-writing with Tom Roy using fiction in a trilogy regarding a character named Bob Chadwick, who is on his own manhood journey. We’ve started with Sandusky Bay, will soon release the second book entitled Ellison Bay and finally, the third book is in tow called….Lake of Bays On RootHog Island.
Humbly, a long while back, I decided to try and pen a poem or song. Then, on this recent flight to another part of the USA, the time had come to finish the piece. Why? Because I’m at a different place and I wanted too. I love saying “I wanted too.” I’m smiling again.
Thank you for reading this expression of soul on my journey of expectations, exhilarations, and some apprehensions. It’s entitled:
THE WIND RIDER Riding on the wind Looking out my window This journey through life A width of my hand Wondering about the rider on wind I am Flying over creation and man made cities Looking to meet The Life Giver Singing in the shadow of his wings At rest in Him Fly well, people count Waiting for a new day And life is no more The length of my way I'm traveling to The Wind Rider Where all will be okay Part of my journeys Leaving behind those I love Will they ride the wind acting a fool Or be like The Wind Rider Whose loving is kind and true Fly well, people count Waiting for a new day And life is no more The length of my way I'm traveling to The Wind Rider Where all will be okay Being together in eternity Riding the wind with HIM Redeemed, restored, Beloved To sin no more Fly well, people count Waiting for a new day And life is no more The length of my hand To see The Wind Rider
Every year for the last ten years, I’ve been privileged to have attended the UPI retreat in Prescott, AZ. UPI stands for Unlimited Potential and it’s a ministry to professional baseball players. I just returned from the 2017 retreat and was overwhelmed by God’s grace in the lives of the men you see in the photo and from many others who attended.
From left to right in the photo, you’ll see the staff: Brian Hommel, Tony Graffanino, Terry Evans, Tom Roy (Founder), Simon Guehring, and Mickey Weston (Director).
My heart is full from the love expressed in the two days we hung out in cabins, at the mess hall, hikes and particularly in what I call The Closet Room (where the meetings were full of teaching, exchanging thoughts, fellowship and big time worship).
I was asked to talk about moving through the WALL into intimacy.
We’ve all had WALLS to overcome, where God definitely has our attention. If not, just wait. It’ll come.
The WALL is actually a place where God expresses his love and motivates us to move into a deeper relationship with Him. And when at a retreat like this, that love was expressed through the men who were open to being vulnerable as real and authentic men.
I came away different from how I went into this time.
We talked about going into the closet to be with Jesus. That favorite place where we can be real with God whether we’re worshipping, reading the WORD or just having a little talk with Jesus, as it’s been said. Sometimes those talks are raw and sometimes they are about experiencing a comfort that transcends the struggles we face.
Brian Hommel was leading the talk on that subject Sunday morning. Then it dawned on me to ask the question.
“Brian, what if you can’t get to THAT closet?” (Favorite room or chair where we’re alone with Jesus)
He was thinking and reflecting as the 70 men in the meeting were waiting for his answer.
But, it was like I couldn’t hold it in and I blurted out, “Cause as far as I’m concerned Brian, this place, this meeting, being with you all in this room has been my closet with God!”
That’s how much I felt about being on Holy Ground and it was – to me.
Toward the end of the time, Brian asked me to come up and close the weekend in prayer.
As I was walking up to the front, he gave me what could have been taken as an incredibly risky remark.
Brian said, “Would you come up to pray for us, since you might be seeing Jesus before I do?”
I roared with laughter. Many others did too. Some sheepishly did. It was so funny and SO real.
As I got to Brian, suddenly, he threw his arms around me and hugged. There we were, standing in front of seventy men, hugging. With tears mixed with JOY, I whispered to him, “You’re a good friend Brian. I love you.”
Why am I sharing this with you?
First, I want you in on how God blessed my soul. And that he is ready to do that for you too, if you need it while facing your WALL. Once you break through it, He’s there ready to show some humor, but tell you he is your friend and loves you.
Can’t beat that my friends!
What a Closet Room to be in with Jesus! To be with men who love him with everything they have who share the joy, the passion and the authenticity of being warriors for Christ.
As a man who deals with the diagnosis of 4th stage Prostate Cancer, there is no question that this past weekend is a part of what God is doing in my healing process. I’m persistent about that.
Like I’ve said before about the healing.
“If I don’t hear a NO from God, then it’s a GO! Intimacy with him in the closet room of this UPI retreat changed me.
Thank you men. Tom, Mickey, Brian, Terry, Tony, and Simon.
And thank all of you who are faithfully in that room with Judy and me because of your commitment to pray for us.