Archive for December 2005

I Chose This Road

December 6, 2005

That may seem like a strange thing to say, but it’s not really. I’ve always felt compelled to accept responsibility for my choices. More than that, in the mist of this particular wilderness, my road is blessed with love and light beyond description (though I assure you I will try).

Therefore today’s theme song is I chose This Road, by Walt Wilkins


Don’t skip annual check-ups … for any reason

December 6, 2005

Probably the most common empathetic response has been, “my father(-in-law) had this x years ago when he was sixty-something”. Jo and I were expecting to deal with it when I am sixty-something … but not at 50.


December 5, 2005

it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. (unknown)

I have Prostate Cancer

December 4, 2005

Monday, Nov 28, I learned that I have Prostate Cancer. Jo Ann and I met with my doctor Wednesday, Nov 30 to hear details of my biopsy and discuss options.

The good news is that’s it is slow moving, caught early, and most likely confined. Given my young age (50) surgical removal of the prostate is recommended. Removal is recommended because other treatments do not stop or eliminate the Cancer, they only slow its advance. Removal should eliminate this Cancer for me.

More good news (perhaps the best) is that surgical technology in the last 10 years has reduced chances of adverse side-effects from 80% to 10% according to my doctor.

I will probably have surgery in January, but plan to do a lot of research before I make that decision.

If you are so inclined search for Prostate Cancer on

We covet your prayers.

Don & Jo Ann

PS. Gentlemen (40 & over), if you are not getting a PSA screening annually … START NOW and start recording the score so you can watch for a change in the slope.