Old Farts health Challenge Update-8 years past cancer

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I had a good two days at MD Anderson last Thursday and Friday. We arrived from Oklahoma City on time and besides a tasty lunch at one of our favorites, Hungry's, we went on the the Rotary House which is the hotel connected to the hospital. Since this was Spring Break the hospital was not as full as usual but also a little shorthanded for them. I was able to get my X-Rays on time since that is where my cancer would come back. After over 20 CT and PET scans, X-Rays are a piece of cake. Then the lovely thing about the hotel is that they have their own blood work area so you don't have to do it at the clinic. The good news for both is that my X-Ray was clear and my blood work showed that my thyroid which caught the radiation in the head and neck was normal so no drugs needed. Hey, I am not one who likes pills.

My normal dermatologist in cancer prevention was on an emergency so they switched me to a Doctor in Skin cancer at the main hospital for a head to toe check. He did freeze two spots on my face that had been biopsied last year and this was for prevention and my cancer was not of the skin but one can't be too careful. What is sad is I saw a boy no older than five which you don't normally see in the main hospital with a patch over one eye and some skin marks and that is hard to take.Like many there he was not an American so you do see people from all over the world but excuse me, a five year old having cancer is just not fair. As I said previously in posts about this if I would have died of cancer in my sixties it would have been a full life I had the privilege of having and I hope that he will be OK.

It was more enjoyable to talk to survivors back like me for check ups even 20 years later and you know they are survivors before you talk to them because they are the ones smiling and grateful for their good fortune. It was good to share our successes together and engaging in conversation there is easy as we share our experiences. What is also remarkable is looking in the different departments at the names of the Doctors on the wall, you get a sense of the international talent and my skin Doctor was from the middle east. Again, not only are we a nation of immigrants but we also attract the best and the brightest so we should still be a welcoming country. I did get to visit Hermann Park and walk my old walk and even though the old rose garden is gone it still brought back powerful emotions but so many people were out that day on this Spring break week and so many happy children does your heart good.

So that is it for this year and I will be going back for next year. I will always feel like one of the lucky ones who still gets to walk the earth, enjoy my friends and family, and do work that benefits others. Every morning I wake up and kiss my lovely wife, we share our gratitude. So many people I saw in those two days were struggling with their treatment and just to give them a smile or a kind word, as well as being a living example of surviving makes for a priceless experience. I guess it is true that that which does not kill us makes us stronger. May you all feel blessed with gratitude.


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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What a wonderful, heartfelt, life affirming post.  May you continue to be so richly blessed. 

Mar 19, 2017 03:38 PM #1
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Joe Pryor - I had no knowledge of your history with cancer, but what a nice blog on your health update and experiences. We all need to be more grateful for what we have and share our joy with others. Thank you and continued good health!

Mar 19, 2017 03:59 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- So glad to hear that everything turned out well for you and my wishes are that they continue to for the coming years. I'd forgotten about Hermann Park!  I spent a lot of time there when I was in college. 

Mar 19, 2017 04:22 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe

So glad and thankful to hear that all is well with you! Hope that continues every year going forward!


Mar 19, 2017 04:29 PM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Hurray for you, and I am delighted that all is well with you, and your attitude and gratitude is exemplary.  Have a great week.  A

Mar 19, 2017 04:38 PM #5
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.


Good to hear that all is well.

Thank you for the post.

Good week.

Mar 19, 2017 05:29 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a good wellness checkup outcome, Joe!  I'm glad for you!  I am a cancer survivor since 1989.

Mar 19, 2017 05:38 PM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joe I had a feeling all would turn out perfectly with your checkup! I have several friends that are cancer survivors and one is coming on 20 years now. She's got the most positive, upbeat attitude of anyone I know.

Mar 19, 2017 06:10 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  For all those people who think the have been dealt a bad hand, all they need to do is to look around them and know how lucky they truly are.  Good to hear all went well

Mar 20, 2017 02:36 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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HI Joe, so glad you got a good report and you are feeling good too. Yes it is sad to see little ones struggle with illness and you are right it doesn't seem fair.

Mar 20, 2017 06:33 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this report. Enjoy every day of good health.

Mar 21, 2017 03:35 AM #11
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