A Second Front In My War Against Cancer
It's a bit odd to write such a personal message to people I've never met, yet consider friends.
As background, for the past six years I've fought Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow), a disease that Veterans Affairs (VA) considers "presumptive to Agent Orange exposure" in Vietnam. So, they provide my healthcare and other benefits.
Then, earlier this week, a prostate biopsy came back with bad news. I have cancer in my prostate, with one area being "high grade cancer", which is fast-moving. So, there is a sense of urgency to get underway with surgery followed-up with chemo, radiation or hormone therapy. By the way, prostate cancer is another disease on that list of those presumptive to exposure to Agent Orange, so this really shouldn't surprise me.
I'd like to say that I'm so tough that I take this in stride and simply fight on. The truth is that I'm struggling to get back on my feet emotionally to take on this second battle.
Your words of encouragement, and especially your prayers, will be most appreciated. I'll thank you now, since I don't know that I'll be able to personally acknowledge every effort that's made.
In closing, I must compliment our country for watching out for me some 36 years after I made it home, only in America would a veteran be cared for this way...God Bless America.