October 29, 2012

Prayers for Howie: Howie-aid 2012

Update by Howie: 10/29/12 7:32 CDT:

Good morning Jawas!

I'm back! I'm not really sure what to say here so bear with me.

As you all know I've been out for a little longer than I expected. Some screenings had turned up some bad cells. So it became necessary to have a look see. That happens as you get older, there's always some doctor wanting to probe you. Anyway during the probe they found a tumor in my bladder about the size of a half dollar.

That's the bad news, the good news is they removed it. The pathology report is good. They believe they got it all and there is no evidence that it has spread past the lining into the muscle. Also the pathology says that for the most part it was "non aggressive" with only two very small areas showing any sign of a more aggressive and more dangerous cancer.

So the prognosis is good, no radiation or chemotherapy required at this time. I will require a followup surgery in January just to be sure they got everything this time and then yearly probings after that to watch for any recurrence.

I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and donations. It really means a lot to know how much you all care. The prayers really helped out as you can see from above.

Also I haven't gotten my part of the bill yet, but special thanks to all who donated. I really hate to ask but it sure will help me out. I wasn't really in a good position to pay for the large bills I'll be getting. So any and all donations are very much appreciated.

Special thanks to Rusty for keeping on me to have the procedure done and also to my heroine and inspiration Stable Hand the Brave. You guys rock.

And also thanks to all the the Docs and nurses and to Mrs. Howie for fixing me up.

I'm feeling pretty good considering, you know, how this surgery is done. Let me just say that surgery done through er your urethra. NOT A GOOD IDEA!

Also if it seems a little unfair that I've come through all this so well, with such a good prognosis not to mention all this love and support. Um yeah, not my doing at all.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Again thanks to you all and its good to be back.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:20 AM | Comments |