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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy to see some good news here.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2021 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday, Linda and me went to a local Prostate Support Group; it was uplifting for the both of us. Many questions and concerns were alleviated for both of us, as well.

Tony, the gentleman who runs this particular support group is a 15 year Prostate Cancer survivor. He's only 59 years old. His knowledge about a many things that surround the topic, if topic is the right word, of Prostate Cancer and its many treatments and continued research's; blew me away.

Then there's an MD that co-runs this same support group, and he too is a Prostate Cancer survivor. Matter of fact, he's a patient of the same Oncologist that I am, Dr. Oscar Goodman. Between these two that run this support group, I sincerely believe that I can learn and receive understanding.

I answered their many questions.

The word survivor, as taught in this support group is that ALL prostate cancer patients are survivors. We're surviving Prostate cancer because we're still fighting the good fight each and everyday.

This support group only meets the first Wednesday of each month. When we attended, there was one other survivor, besides Tony and the Doctor, and us. Next meeting in December will have 20+ other members there, which is the usual compliment of attendees.

Listening and talking to other Prostate cancer survivors should expand that which I don't know and lessen that which I'm afraid of. I've a company that I can talk with and share the ups and downs together. Everyday, I'm so alone; nobody to talk to, and that loneliness is far more overwhelming than I can stand. There's no cure, none whatsoever.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere, and I'll forge forward until I'm bathed in its embraced.

Next visit to Dr. Goodman is scheduled for 12/08/2021 for my Lupron shot at 2PM, and then on 12/13/2021 at 145PM for a follow-up!!

This Saturday we'll renew our medical insurance, and this terrifies me to no end because of the roller coaster ride we were on last year; 15 weeks of uncertainty and despair. The Zero down, or whatever it's called, has ended, which means we'll have to make a monthly payment of $200+, of which we'll not be able to afford. Money before patient care!!



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2021 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Bob,

I'm so glad to hear that you found this support group. It sounds like its is already helping.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2021 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob, this is all amazing news. So happy you found that support group, it's a great place to share info' and get insights from people who go through the same war. If Patrick is OK with this, please PM me your zelle email account. I'll gladly cover the first $200. It's not a lot, compared to what you have to pay for your medical care, but I hope it helps. Hang in there
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is great news, Bob! Finding a support group like that is an amazing boon for you! So happy for you!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those following this thread, I wanted to mention that there is no a GoFundMe to help support Bob financially as he continues his fight against cancer.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-robert-mitcham-fight-cancer

Community announcement: https://www.karateforums.com/let-s-help-sensei8-in-his-time-of-need-vt55160.html

Thank you.
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