Today is a good day!

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

Today, after seven weeks of daily radiation treatments for prostate cancer re-occurence, weekends off, I completed my course of treatment. So, I got to ring that bell and let everyone know I am finished.

Not sure what I am going to do every morning as it has become a routine over these past weeks.

I was operated on for the removal of my prostate four years ago, since then I have had regular PSA checks. Most people don't realize there is a direct connevtion between Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. So, yes this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but it should also be Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Well those regular checks saw a pattern emerging of a slowly rising PSA, then it began doubling, and in July it had doubled again in three months. Now my doctor was concerned. So after an MRI scan which did not really show anything, I asked to see the oncologist who agreed with me, that with a sister who had died from Breast cancer which metastasized I should go ahead and get radiation treatment with a hormone therapy course as well.

The hormone therapy reduces your testosterone as cancer feeds on it. I have about another month and a half of that to go through. Ladies, I commiserate with you as I understand hot flashes and they are no fun.

For the past seven weeks I have gotten up, and had to drink about 2 litres of water before treatment. Whilst I am waiting I have pulled up Active Rain and read as many posts as I can before heading out the door. Then drive over Pennsylvania roads, with all the potholes with a full bladder, and have to wait my turn hopping from leg to leg. You get to know the people around you and you realize cancer does not care who it affects, poor or rich, whatever color, office worker or contractor, veteran or not, all are liable. So, gentlemen, please get checked regularly, the prognosis is extremely good if they can identify this early, like mine, and I read this past week the English have developed a new drug specifically for prostate cancer that is currently being released in Europe. I am sure we will see it here in due course.

I guess I can get back, slowly to my morning routine which included a daily 5 mile walk, which with the radiation treatment went by the wayside due to fatigue. Supposedly,the next few weeks will see the side effects slowly wear off, which will not be missed.

Remember go get checked, it may save your life!

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Happy to hear the treatments are over, and you can get back to your normal routine.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

Oct 11, 2019 02:50 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Nick. I saw this on Facebook and I am happy this stage of treatment is over for you now. I hope you have a great weekend, feel better and are able to get some walking in.

Oct 11, 2019 03:13 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nick -I'd say that this is excellent news!!!  And thank you for putting this out there to make others aware of this!!! Enjoy your weekend!! Very happy for you. 

Oct 11, 2019 05:01 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Nick... I'm so happy to hear that your treatment is now at an end and hope that it's done what it was supposed to do in eradicating your cancer. Having lived through this with my husband some years back I can appreciate what you've been going through... and to some degree the physical part is less taxing than the mental part.

Oct 12, 2019 12:49 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nick.

While there are a lot of things I'd rather go through, I get mine checked every year along with my PSA.  

Oct 12, 2019 01:14 AM #5
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you

Sheila Anderson I hope so

Kathy Streib men are notorious for not going to doctors, especially for prostate issues.

That is very true Nina Hollander especially with everything else that has gone on this year. Hopefully your husband stays clear having gone through this.

James Dray I know, but it is such a short time for the checkup everyone can put up with it and should as it is very treatable.

Oct 12, 2019 05:41 AM #6
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

That's wonderful news! Wishing you continued health and happiness!

Oct 12, 2019 06:36 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It makes me so happy to see you ringing that bell and I hope that you never have to go through radiation again.

Oct 12, 2019 06:50 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Ring that bell, Nick.  Congratulations on completing your treatment as well as for sharing the news of cancer awareness and treatment.  

Oct 12, 2019 08:40 AM #9
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nick, ringing that bell is satisfying, isn't it? I guess that's a common practice since my radiation center here in San Francisco did the same. Wishing you good health, and congratulating you on your diligence.

Oct 12, 2019 08:52 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nick,  I am sorry I did not know about this.  Ring that bell for sure and hoping for future good knews also.


Oct 12, 2019 09:46 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl thank you.

Brian England the follow up after this is not more radiation, but continued hormone treatment. But I don't want to go through that either, so I will take your blessing. thank you.

It is very easy for people to not talk about, but nevessary Michael Jacobs 

Lottie Kendall glad to know you got to ring that bell.

Will Hamm thank you. I appreciate the good wishes.

Oct 12, 2019 10:09 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, KUDOS for being able to ring the bell, and know that has to feel good.  Best wishes for continued good health now.

Oct 12, 2019 10:34 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joan Cox I actually feel like the time has flown by. Cannot believe it has already been 7 weeks of treatment. But it does feel good to have this behind me.

Oct 12, 2019 02:50 PM #14
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