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Hey all...I just wanted to let you know that I won't be around for awhile.
I just recently found out that my dad has prostate cancer.
I live in Saskatchewan CA, but home is Michigan, so I'll be travelling soon to go back home to be with my dad and family during this time.
My dad is actually my step-dad, but to me, he's daddy. He's been there through all the good times and bad. He's helped raise me, teach me, take care of me, and love me. He is 65 years old, healthy in all other respects, and full of life and love. Aside from my husband, he's the most loving and compassionate man I've ever known.
There isn't much I can tell you right now about the cancer, except that my dad will be going in for surgery within the next few weeks. When they operate on him, the first thing they are going to do is take lymph nodes from the surrounding area, and check to see whether the cancer has spread outside of the prostate or not. If it hasn't spread, then they will be removing his prostate. On the other hand, if it has spread, well then I'm not sure exactly what they will do. I guess it all depends on if and how much it has spread...
I am guessing that I'll be gone for roughly a month. I need to be there during his surgery...I need to be there for him, my mom and family, and I need to be there to ease my own mind. My husband will not be able to come with me, as he is undergoing retraining through workman's comp., and they won't let him leave for that long of a period. This is a very stressfull time, and I would appreciate your prayers and warm wishes. This site has not only helped me with my writing skills, but it has also given me a place where I feel I am a part of the community. Many of you, even though I don't really know you personally other than through your posts and comments, I consider friends.
So I ask humbly again, please pray for my dad, and please pray that whatever happens to him, that I will have the strength to accept.
Thank you all, I hope to be back soon and hope even more that it's with good news.