Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Six Years….

WOW… Today is already the 21st of December 2010… Six years ago today was my first day off of work after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.... and considering my initial prognosis was 3 to 5 years, six is awesome...especially since I am still feeling pretty good… A lot more tired these days...but still able to do a lot of stuff as long as I watch and get LOTS of rest…

There has been some bad news and some good news lately.... Let’s get the bad out of the way...since there’s less of it… I got my response from the WCB a few weeks back… My claim has once again been denied… there is an appeal left, but really nothing to appeal since the Medical Panel has stated outright that they do not consider my prostate cancer to be as a result of work or work having played any part in it… The Medical Panels findings are not able to be appealed. So, for now, we are just waiting for some new information over the next 10-11 months in hopes of having something to appeal....

Now for some good news....  The NWT have legislated coverage for prostate cancer...it was put into effect earlier this year...and now Manitoba has (or will very soon have) legislated coverage for prostate cancer (as well as a few others including breast cancer)… Hopefully the rest of Canada will get coverage soon… My other good news is that my last sigmoidoscopy seems to have taken pretty good care of my bleeding issues… had a few weeks with some blood about a month after the procedure...and nothing since...almost 2 months… that’s the longest time period since 2007…

So there is the good and bad news of late… More good than bad… just the way we would prefer it…

My next testing will be sometime in January or February...still haven’t heard from the cancer Center...so for now we just won’t worry about it… too many things to do over the next couple of weeks… it’s time to spend some time with the family enjoying the holidays…

Until next time.... 

Posted by John on 12/21 at 10:42 PM
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