Revelling in Victory

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

Many who follow me know I have fought the Cancer battle. I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer three years ago. My sister had died of Breast Cancer which metastasized to her brain. Many people do not realize the genes for Breast and Prostate Cancer are linked, so hearing I had Prostate Cancer was a blow.

 

Initially, my doctor had suggested a wait and see approach due to my young (haha) age. But, he had also done a genome test on the cancer biopsy. This suggested it was an aggressive form and we should take more dramatic action. So I underwent surgery which was much heavier than I had thought and took longer to recover from than I had imagined.

 

After the surgery, I had some ongoing tests to check everything was clear. Signs to me seemed to indicate that something was not right. My doctor was more relaxed till last year when in a three month period my Ultra-Sensitive PSA test, which was supposed to be undetectable had doubles, which it had been doing over a period of time each six month check in my opinion.

 

Now I had another round of the fight on my hands. Radiation and hormone treatment were recommended, so I undertook that last year and then again began the regimen of six month testing to monitor the PSA level. I had my most recent test a few weeks ago and was declared clear of any issues.

 

I mention all this as I want all you men to make sure you get tested regularly and to say I do not consider my self a survivor but a Victor in this battle. As such a friend made me this reminder using the beer mats from one of our local craft breweries Victory, I have been wanting one of their T-shirts but they seem to sell out of the Large and X-Large Revel in the taste of Victory T-shirts. So for now this will be my reminder.

 

 

Revel in Victory

Every day I see this and it reminds me I am Victorious, no victim mentality here. And in the meantime, I will stay alert for any sign it needs to have its butt kicked again. Gentlemen, get your PSA levels checked every year and stay alert.

 

 

 

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Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

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Kat Palmiotti
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Good for you. Yes, revel in that victory! It was well won.

Nov 25, 2020 05:52 AM #18
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

John Meussner we will have to lift a glass of Victory, next time you are in the area.

Grant Schneider congratulations on your victory.

Kat Palmiotti I revel every day. We are visiting your state virtually on our music tour soon.

Nov 25, 2020 07:11 AM #19
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
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Congratulations Nick. Glad to hear you are going to be around a bit longer.

Victory

Nov 25, 2020 07:37 AM #20
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 much longer, and thank you.

Nov 25, 2020 07:40 AM #21
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, Nick, for sharing your challenging experience. This post is a good reminder for all of us to pay close attention to our health.

Nov 25, 2020 08:17 AM #22
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Roy Kelley it is easy to put things off, but we really shouldn't. It is easy to keep ourselves healthy if we take precautions and get checked regularly.

Nov 25, 2020 08:22 AM #23
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Roy Kelley
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I ended up in the emergency room after a biopsy gone wrong. I needed six units of blood before the procedure to stop the bleeding. 

Nov 25, 2020 08:26 AM #24
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Roy Kelley that sounds awful, glad you recovered and that they had enough blood for you, that is a lot of blood you needed.

Nov 25, 2020 08:31 AM #25
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - You are courageous, brave, and victorious! Prostrate Cancer is very serious. I'm glad for you that you never gave up. As George S. Patton has said, "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." 

Congratulations on your victory and may you be an inspiration to your son, family, and friend. 

Nov 25, 2020 03:19 PM #26
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Wonderful post to share with all of us. A reminder that no one is immune to the Big C. You are victorious and a role model for others!

Nov 25, 2020 04:53 PM #27
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You ARE a victor! Congratulations on kicking cancer's ass, Nick!! 

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy & blessings...and this is a BIG blessing for which to be thankful!

A Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2020 05:06 AM #28
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I am inspired by your attitude of not being a victim. I had prostate surgery less than 2 months ago but  i am cancer-free. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Nov 26, 2020 07:01 AM #29
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Great reminder, and yes you are victor, far from a victim. We're grateful you are kicking cancer's butt. Happy Thanksgiving to you. 

Nov 26, 2020 08:30 AM #30
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John Juarez
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I, too, am a prostrate cancer victor...my battle having been waged about fifteen years ago after my annual check-up disclosed a PSA number that was alarming. All of that is now in the past.

One more reason for you and I to celebrate Thanksgiving today...and every day, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

With the recent announcement by television personality, Al Roker, in regard to his diagnosis of prostrate cancer, a lot of light will be shined on this problem. This news should urge many to have their prostrate checked at an early age and not wait until symptoms are clear and it might be too late.

Nov 26, 2020 08:39 AM #31
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HI Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I am so pleased for you.  This is something that constantly holds a grim reminder over your head.  You have now been able to slap that reminder away and live a life with an abundance of sunshine. 

Nov 27, 2020 08:17 AM #32
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you for your kind words.

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 that is very true, no one is immune.

Debe Maxwell, CRS hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS welcome to the Vitcory party and glad to hear you are doing well. I found it a hard operation to recover from.

 

Nov 27, 2020 09:11 AM #33
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD thank you always good to remind others to take care of themselves.

John Juarez glad to hear you are doing so well and are also a Victor.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you, need the regular tests for a while but I think your attitude makes a big difference.

Nov 27, 2020 09:13 AM #34
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

No greater victory in life exists than to conquer nature's attempt to mess with our health.  For that and all the hardship you've endured,  you've shown an admirably resilient character.  

It's a joy to learn of your conquest!  

Nov 27, 2020 08:08 PM #35
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When we look back on things we have overcome, it really shows us how much we can handle.  You are definitely a Victor!!!

Nov 28, 2020 05:11 AM #36
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq. thank you for your very encouraging compliment.

Brian England thank you, the last two years have been a doozy, but now i am riding the wave.

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