TITUSVILLE, FL – Here’s an update on my Prostate Cancer radiation treatments which have sidelined me for several months and explains why I haven’t been able to keep Space UpClose as current as I would wish. It still a long road of recovery ahead.
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Finally concluded my months long radiation treatments for prostate cancer. It’s tradition to ring the bell at the last beaming session. I rang it loudly and proudly and am so thankful to Cancer Care of Brevard – very very kind and caring Oncology Dr and nursing team!!! WE gave them bunches of roses!! & Jean’s home baked cookies as thanks to spread good vibes !!!
It’s been much rougher and tougher than I ever imagined and had to go the ER twice. Last few weeks the worst – compounded by the discovery of 3 kidney stone causing really bad abdominal pain . Thankfully- alternatives could have been far worse.
On Thursday Oct 26 I’m having lithotripsy surgury to blast the stones to bits. Thank you to my wonderful and loving Jean Wright for caring for me. I could not survive without her! And thank you all for well wishes too!!!
Ive been very fatigued & sleepy & hard to focus my mind – thus delayed posting this till now
It will take another 3 months until Feb 2024 to determine whether the radiation successfully killed the cancer. Im very optimistic!! My grandfather died of prostste cancer-so doing nothing was not an option
Im a retired cancer & pharmaceutical PhD research scientist (with >12 US Patents) & currently space reporter. Had to rest – and only do top priority space stuff !!
Believe in science & research & funding 100%!! Pay no heed to the clueless & dangerous science deniers – who will kill cures with senseless/immoral budget cuts!
For anyone facing significant medical issues: Be sure to be fully informed and ask alot of questions – to decide what is best for you based on the science. I say that as a scientist and journalist
I had to make many decisions – dont regret anything. people have asked me
Wearing my space shirt custom sewn by Jean Wright: NASA’s JWST Webb and Hubble Space Telescopes
Publication of new book about Jeans NASA career, last week, definately helped my spirits alot!!!
“SEW SISTER: The Untold Story of Jean Wright and NASA Seamstresses” – by Elise Matich
Im still exhausted and will certainly take some time to recover
Thank you all again!!
Founder/Managing Editor Space UpClose