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  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Sbuzz_66

    Dear Sharon

    It is quite a while since we last spoke and I was wondering how your Dad is getting on. I do hope that his pain has eased and that he is getting a little stronger in readiness for his next review. 

    Kindest regards
    Rob x

  • Sbuzz_66Sbuzz_66 Posts: 19
    Thank you Robert he still in discomfort and some days he says its easier though he feels it more if has been out for a drive or walk. He does seem more mobile and appetite hit and miss. It has been 4weeksthis Thursday since radiotheraphy. Good news is he going away to Wales this saturday with my sister and her family to a lodge. Just change if scenery will be a good tonic for him and my mom. Review 25th July with consultant. Xx will keep you posted.

    SHARON
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Sbuzz_66

    Hi Sharon 
    Thanks for the update. 
    The Welsh holiday sounds like the perfect tonic for your Dad and also for your Mum.  Sometimes, it can be overlooked how much a cancer diagnosis affects the partner and indeed all of the family. If the weather is anything like it is here, it will be a fantastic break. 
    It sounds as if he will be in better shape when he sees the consultant on 25th and hopefully strong enough to cope with any recommended treatments. 
    Thank you for keeping in touch.

    Rob x 

  • Sbuzz_66Sbuzz_66 Posts: 19
    Thank you and was nice to hear from you. Don't think he ready for chemo has lost a lot of weight so bit frail at moment. Regards Sharon 
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Sbuzz_66

    Hi Sharon 
    Hope your parents enjoyed their Welsh trip and that your Dad is feeling better and stronger. Hope also that his appointment with the consultant was positive.

    Rob 
  • Sbuzz_66Sbuzz_66 Posts: 19
    Thank you rob parents has great break dada back isl loads better. Just paunfull when walksfor to long. His appettite retuning slowly. Hesawthe consultant last week andbloodshave gone down. However they are now notgoing to consider chemo as to avasive for him and coukd cause infection and nit really prolong life further which puzxles us now. More radiation canbe consider in pain
    Returns so some positve x 
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Sbuzz_66

    Hi Sharon
    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I am so pleased to hear that your parents enjoyed their break and that your Dad’s back is a  lot better. 
    It is encouraging to hear that his bloods are down and that his appetite is returning.  It sounds as if the radiation therapy has been worthwhile. 
    I guess that the consultant will know what the best options are and it is encouraging to know that further radiation therapy is available should the pain return. 
    I know it is often difficult to take in everything a consultant is saying when you are under pressure and I always take my wife with me because she makes notes and asks questions when she doesn't understand something. 

    I wish the very best for all of you. Your Dad clearly has wonderful support from all the family and that is just so invaluable.

    Rob x 
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sbuzz_66

    Hi Sharon

    Just a note wondering how your Dad is getting on. I do hope that he is stable and not in pain, that his bloods are still down and he is eating well.

    Rob x

  • RichswifeRichswife Posts: 6

    Hi,

    I’m replying to your post about your dad. My husband is 50 and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but they offered him Brachytherapy which is where they implant radio active seeds into the prostate to kill the cancer before it gets any further. He is waiting for a date for the op after having heart problems halted his original date. If your dads cancer has spread this is no good for him but not knowing his whole history I don’t know why he wasn’t offered this first. I suppose you only know what you can have when offered it.

    I just wanted to mention this therapy incase someone else is just starting their treatment and hadn’t heard of it.

    i hope your dad is feeling less pain and better in himself very soon. In life the tables turn, when we were little and hurt ourselves with falls and bumps and breakups our parents hurt too, now we’re all older it changes to when our parents hurt, fall, get ill or upset it hurts us too. We laughingly call it payback.

    take care.

    Rich’s Wife

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 928 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Richswife

    Hi Rich’s Wife

    Thank you so much for writing. It is great to hear that Rich’s Prostate Cancer was found before it spread beyond the Prostate. It makes all the difference.

    It is kind of you to explain the procedure which Richard is having and I am sure it will prove helpful to people who are facing a similar situation.

    Rob x

  • RichswifeRichswife Posts: 6

    Thank you.

    A couple of things more on the Brachytherapy is once you’ve had that it leaves scar tissue so if it doesn’t work you can’t have keyhole surgery to remove the prostate you have to have open surgery.

    Whilst the seeds are active you have to wear condoms during intercourse, you cant have small children on your knee as they can get radiation burns, this is particularly a sad point for us as we have five grandchildren all 5 yrs and under and Rich plays with them sits and cuddles them and rocks the baby feeds her etc so all that will have to change.

  • BrightstarBrightstar Posts: 259 ✭✭✭

    @Richswife

    Hi Rich's wife. It must be very sad knowing he can't cuddle his grandchildren. Sad for the grandchildren as well, as they won't understand why. But hopefully the seeds will have done their job and I am sure Richard will be able to give them lots more cuddles to make up for the times he has been unable too.

    Cancer treatment seems to come at a price for everyone in different ways. But he obviously has a very loving family to support him.

    Peace and love to you both.

    Love Julie 🤗 x

  • RichswifeRichswife Posts: 6

    Thank you for your kind comments, loved! He is positively mollycoddled lol yes he is very loved. He is a good honest man who works hard and loves with a big heart. He helps anyone and everyone as do I so people who do know him have helped us back recently when I did a short fund raiser to help pay for his business overheads when he is going to be off recovering. People were very kind and generous.

    Cancer does come with a price so does survival of it. I believe the seeds will wear off their radiation in two years. He will be scanned to make sure they are still in place and working. We are both full body donors to science or organs anything that is needed. We need to look into whether he could still donate his body to science once he passes, hopefully in years to come. It is so very important to donate your body to science to be looked at and researched upon tested with any illnesses researched. Cancerous parts could lead to a cure. Wouldn’t that be an amazing legacy for your family? It’s our understanding your family get your body or ashes back after two years. So you can still have a service at the time and then a service if needed afterwards.

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