“Die größte Verlust fürs Leben ist das Hinausscheiben.” Lucius Anneaus Seneca
The greatest loss in life is to delay.
That’s the sign I read on the wall every day in therapy. I can’t help but thank State Farm for denying my long term care insurance rider because they discovered my elevated PSA, which led to my ultimate diagnosis and treatment( so everyone is entitled to at least one run-on sentence!). I sure had no symptoms that would suggest anything was wrong. Without that blood test, I’d be going about daily business with undetected cancer still be growing in me rather than finishing my last therapy treatment. My cancer was caught before it ever formed a proper tumor, much less had opportunity to metastasize.
Yesterday, I sat with Dr. Weber in his office to review my case. Extensive blood work shows an excellent report about my immune system as well as a perfect ultrasound report of clear organs. My final decision was to take the doctor’s precautionary advice and take a buserelin injection. It’s a european hormone blocker that will continue to prevent and kill any possible stray cancer cells in my body for eight weeks. “I don’t want you to have to do anything when you get home but take a PSA test in five weeks” he said. “You’re young and I don’t want you to have to come back!”
“The next time I come back will be to have a drink with you”, I replied with a smile and a hug.
My therapy is done. The sun is shining. After a tearful “Auf wiedersehen” lunch with my “cancer club” , the doctor’s son drives me to the Cheimsee.
By mid-afternoon, one of the biggest chapters of my life will be over and I’ll be painting the sunny Bavaria I remember from my youth.