I was diagnosed in May 2014. I do this for my daughter, who died from lung cancer in November 2016.
I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in May 2014. At that very moment, I gave up. Two days before, due to a medical error, I was paralyzed from the waist down. I didn't want to live anymore and wasn't trying to stay. My body would not hold food or water and my weight dropped to an unbelievable 119lbs. I had a woman who loved me that I pushed away, I literally gave up on living. Then, something supernatural happened.
Don't ask me how or what, but after having a conversation and prayer with a hospital minister, I decided that I wasn't going to allow cancer in any form to stop me from living my life. It was hard to deal with at first and there are so many different treatments, I just didn't know where to begin. So I waited. May not have been the wisest thing to do, but due to the fact that the cancer was slow growing, I took a chance and concentrated on coming back home to my fiance, daughter, cat and the rest of my family. It took me 6 months to come home with very little ability to walk. The first appointment I made was with an oncologist at the hospital where I was being treated at first and immediately got prepared and began to do radiation therapy for 9 weeks.
The first 6 weeks were pretty OK to deal with, but from week 7 on, the side effects started to take control. I lost a total of 65lbs during my radiation therapy. I was hospitalized twice from diarrhea, lost my appetite and caused a lot of pain with members of my family. My fiance decided to move on because she knew that if she stuck around, I wouldn't concentrate on what was important; which was my fight for my life and battling prostate cancer and paralysis.
Today, I've gained most of my weight back,.....I have been on Lupron shot therapy for the past year and watched my PSA go from 76.25 to 116, down to 3, back up to 15 and currently at .55 (this does not include today's Lupron shot 2/13/2017). I've regained a lot of what I lost, including a majority of my family members and the reuniting with my children and grandchildren. Although I lost my daughter to Lung Cancer in November 2016, I will continue this fight for the both of us.
I have also kept my word,......I have not allowed paralysis or prostate cancer dictate my life. I am the owner of an independent record label. One year after I came home from the nursing home, my company won a total of 15 music awards, one of which includes Album of the Year. I am now in production of my next three projects. One due for release in April 2017 and two albums due for release on Christmas Eve 2017. I do this to let everyone know, if you do what your doctors tell you, change your diet, change your lifestyle and have a determination to live, you too, can live your life and achieve all you can.
Today, I am the proud father of 5 beautiful girls. The proud grandfather of 14 beautiful kids and a great grandfather to a beautiful baby girl. My family will know that I am ONE OF MANY vs CANCER!!!!!, "Mr Jones, you have cancer." To this day those words ring in my head. I was 48 years old, engaged to the hottest and most inspiring and encouraging woman in the planet, just launched my 2nd business, how could this happen? I was crushed at just hearing those words; not to mention I was paralyzed due to medical error. I knew my life was over. I got very depressed, which didn't help my condition and almost lost my life. Then, I woke up.
It's been three years since I woke up and I'm still here fighting this disease. Today I'm a survivor. I fight today to show others and for others. Cancer will not be the end of my life.
This was a part of the set up from my BBQ/Birthday Bash for all participants and donors.