Cancer, Cupcakes, Cards & Calls

Real Estate Agent with Midwest Properties of Michigan

My husband, Ben, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer this past November.  I know I should've been more scared when we found out, but his calm and knowing his family history (his brother had it as well as other members of the family - even though we didn't find all this out until later) seemed to make this all part of the grand scheme of things.  I've been the one most nervous about the surgery but tried not to let him know or let it show.  He had his surgery last week Thursday.  The prostatectomy was performed by Dr. Jeffery Casamento and Dr. Rodriguez with Urology Assoc. here in Grand Rapids, MI, who both did an amazing job!  Besides the catheter, Ben's doing fine.

I've found myself baking a lot.  Those of you that know me know I love to cook, but baking is not my forte.  I'm not sure the relevance of this - I am sure my husband won't be losing any weight.  I've made cookies, cupcakes and muffins for an army!  I suppose I'm feeding him physically as well as emotionally.

The amount of phone calls of care and cards of support have been almost overwhelming.  In Real Estate, you find yourself on the phone constantly with clients, anyway and except for the first few days of his recovery - I haven't missed too much time.  I am trying to stay closer to home for a little while, since there's not too much he can do on his own (and, yes, he's going stir-crazy).  But all in all, with the prayers and thoughts and every card, e-mail and call - it's nice to have encouragement and a support group.  I appreciate every single one - and please forgive me if I don't get back to you right away.

Have a wonderful day!!


Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

I hope that everything works out well for you guys, and that your husband comes out with a clean bill of health. Life is so precious and much too short. We should embrace each and every moment that we have!

Feb 22, 2007 02:44 AM
Therese VanderMeer
Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids - Jenison, MI
Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities

What a heart warming makes us so much more grateful for the many wonderful things we all take for granted each and every day.  Thanks for the gentle the purple flowers! 

Warmest Regards,

Feb 22, 2007 04:48 AM
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties

Rich - thank you for the well-wishes.  Life is precious and is a gift.

Therese - Thanks for your kind response as well.  Sorry about the big flower - it is pretty but I didn't know how to downsize it:).  A newbie for you.

Feb 22, 2007 08:26 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Ed - While you're sticking close to home for a bit, enjoy that time at home and with your husband, even though he is going stir crazy.  You end up appreciating some things that you took for granted previously.  Life is short and precious, keep feeding his soul and body, and yours as well.  Coming through all this will leave both of you changed a little, and may you go forward appreciating life a tiny bit more.  And may he receive a clean bill of health!!


Feb 25, 2007 04:26 AM
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
Ann - I'm appreciating him & us as we are seeing a LOT of each other.  This has been good, though.  I love your signature!
Feb 25, 2007 05:43 AM
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Ed, You & Ben are in our prayers.  We thank God with you for His continued grace and healing.  The picture is beautiful!
Feb 26, 2007 01:07 PM
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
Lola - thank you for the continued prayers.  I'm glad you like the picture - it's quite cheerful to me!
Feb 26, 2007 11:22 PM
sandy smith

my husband victor was told he had prostate caner oct 1 2009 aggressive gleason scale 9. i have just started cooking cupcakes for cancer and am in the procces of making a cook book.  VICTOR HAS NOT CARED ABOUT ANY THING ANY MORE HE HAD A TURP OPERATION HAS HAD RADATION IT IS GOING IN TO HIS BONES. HE HAS GOTTEN DIABETIES AND HIS NOW ON ABOUT 9 MEDICINES.  SORRY BEST WISHES HOPE YOUR IS BETTER HE IS DYING BUT NOT DISABLE. CANT GET DISABILITY,

Jul 04, 2011 03:25 PM
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties

Hi Sandy:  He actually is fine from the prostate cancer (still get checkups quite often) but ended up having renal (kidney) cancer last year.  A year ago yesterday - everything was removed and he is fine now.  Best Wishes with you!

Jul 06, 2011 02:29 AM