Monday I return to my news anchoring job at WKYT, and what a two-and-half weeks it has been! First, let me say thank you again and again, to all the many people who sent me well wishes, prayers, and advice (mostly listen to my doctor). I just can't thank you enough! It gives me new faith in humanity, and the wonderful people of Kentucky. What can I say? You are the best.
About 18-days since my surgery to remove the cancer and my prostate, and I feel great. No soreness or pain. The six incisions are healing well. I (speed) walk nearly every day at the Y, and cover about 2-3 miles. My energy is returning, and I am rested. In about four weeks I return to my doctor for a psa test. This will give us an idea if the cancer is gone, or at least, not active. My psa (prostate specific antigen) level should be near zero since the organ that produces it is gone. The magic number is less than point-one. So even though my prostate is gone, my journey with prostate cancer continues. Cancer is one slippery dude, and even with today's technology and awareness- there are no guarantees.
Let me share something with you. At a family Christmas Eve party, I talked with my cousin's son. He is in his early 30's, and has already had a prostate exam. I was surprised. Most doctors will tell men they can wait until they are 50 unless they have risk factors like family history of the cancer. This young man told me his family history led his doctor to recommend the exam now. I told him I was proud of him. I continue to have that conversation with my son. He is 25, and has a father and grandfather with the disease. My urologist recommended my son wait until he's 40 for his first exam. Believe me, if I'm around when he turns 40, I will make sure he's taking responsibility for that part of his health.
All of us need to be aware of our bodies, and our family health history. It's the best Christmas present you will ever give yourself- or your family. See you on WKYT, and Happy New Year!