Prostate Cancer … gone!

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I realized I hadn’t been here in a long long time, and sure enough, June of last year. I’ve been so busy on other projects that I haven’t bothered to be out here. So, let me sum up.

I started rewriting the History website for the West Kingdom (SCA). That’s been a massive overhaul, including moving data. So even though I haven’t had a lot of money coming in, I’ve had a big job. That site evolved heavily since I first started it, and trying to move everything into one platform that was consistent in appearance, etc. is hard. But it’s getting there, fully data-driven, etc.

I’ve picked up some tech editing for a publisher of text books (my favorite publisher from when I was teaching at Heald). So some money has been coming in. Just when I thought I was done, I started getting instructor manuals as well. So still have some work there.

The big news is that my PSA (blood test for Prostate Cancer) hit a “number” that was a concern for my oncologist. Having dealt with the “C” word hanging over my head for six or seven years, I decided to just get it done with. CJ and I met with the oncologist after a biopsy (ick, hate those … painful despite the drugs, embarassing, and it takes nearly a month for the internal bleeding to stop). I decided to have surgery to remove the prostate and March 18, that’s exactly what happened. Laparoscopic, “robotic” (I assume a form of Waldo — with the doctor manipulating the tools without his hands inside me), and so on. The worst part of recovery was the catheter, and that’s now gone. So now it’s just dealing with some minor incontinence issues … (wearing pads in my underwear), and those are getting to be less each day.

The biggest thing is that the “C” word is not hanging over my head anymore. You sometimes don’t notice that little black cloud when it’s there, but it was always there. It was made better in the post-surgery phone call with the oncologist, as there were a couple of nodules on organs near the prostate gland, but they did biopsies and they came up negative for cancer. They had told my wife about them. If they had ended up being cancer there would have been radiation treatments to get rid of them. (Ick)

Anyway, healing, and feeling better about 2 and a half weeks after the surgery.

Not able to sit for long periods in front of the computer (pressure on the abdomen and bladder), but still, making progress. Hoping to start getting back to my data moves (that is a long haul), for the history site as mentioned earlier in this post.

SCA-Wise, well, the outgoing Vesper Principal Herald decided I had done so much stuff that I deserved recognition, the only thing she could do is offer the permanent heraldic title of Herald Extraordinary. That’s not a little thing, really. The West Kingdom (despite the title being created by a Laurel Sovereign of Arms from the West) has seldom used this — the last time was in 1991, and that may have been granted by the Laurel office, rather than Kingdom. I’m a bit flabbergasted. What it means is that I can register my own heraldic title, which is not one that gets passed on to someone else, etc. Working on that … Otherwise, the same-ol’ same-ol’. Events happen, when we can we get to them. CJ’s work sometimes makes that tough, but we’re trying.

CJ is doing okay, but work is wearing her out a bit. The company is constantly reorganizing, and she wants to work until official retirement age if she can. Once she retires we will have to re-evaluate a lot, as the Bay Area is expensive. I would hate to have to move away from here, it’s where our friends are, and by extension many of them are family to us now. But … we’ll deal with all that when we need to.

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About Ken Mayer

Who am I? That is the question, isn't it? Over the years I have been many things. I assume this will continue. At the moment, I am actively seeking work. I am married to my wife of 23 years, am active in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.) ... and much, much more. The purpose of this WordPress site is to put my "Autobiography" here, allowing for easier commenting and such. We'll see how that goes.

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