August 22, 2011

How it started, or another watershed moment in my life

At the end of June, our son Will graduated from Stetson University. Glorious time…senior recital…getting ready for the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux,
France…relocating back to Milton and home base…

After returning home from DeLand, I began to have some mid-back pain…no deal breakers and I could still work like a horse. July 31 something shifted in the back and I made a little trip to North Fulton Regional Hospital ER. CT-scan, X Ray and much pain meds, later, I learn that I have a collapsed Thoracic-9 vertebra with a lesion. Get an oncologist appointment tomorrow, Mr. Green.

Of course, I was motivated at that point. After seeing My oncologist that Monday she had me in Saint Joseph’s outpatient Radiology Clinic for PET scan and MRI, Thursday, August 4th.

We returned to my oncologist, on Monday, August 8th. She had me admitted to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for bone biopsy and bone marrow biopsy and to consult with my Neurosurgeon, and Radiation Oncologist, that same day. These biopsies and consultations completed, I returned home, Tuesday, August 9th.

I started four weeks of every weekday radiation treatment Tuesday, August 16. I received my official diagnosis Wednesday, August 17th. The diagnosis was better than anticipated:

I have an isolated or solitary Plasmacytoma on the T9 vertebra. My oncologist is cautiously optimistic that it can be dissolved by the radiation therapy. She says that she has several patients rocking along with this condition, healthy and in remission. As for restoration of the bone, we reassess after the radiation therapy.

Those are the quick facts of an unsettling time. Amazing how, I always seem to be in hyper-speed in my life…always been that way…

Enough for now!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dianne on August 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

    So sorry to hear the news…but I know that you will conquer this. It sounds like you have a wonderful oncologist who is on top of your treatment. Nothing keeps Mike Green down! My prayers are lifted up for you and I know a group of Mikey’s Biker Babes who will be glad to take you and Mary out for a healthy dose of laughter in the near future. Much love to both you and Mary!!!

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  2. Posted by Sandra Henley on August 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Mike-

    So sorry to learn of these latest events. But you’re a survivor -you’ve met and overcome serious health issues before. Keep positive thoughts flowing—I’m a big believer in that—- always have been —and I’ve had my share of challenges the last six years. Stay strong and positive —I’ll keep up with your blog.

    Sandra

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    • Thanks, Sandy! Good to hear those words of wisdom…loving following the adventures, or should I say, misadventures, of Miss Scarlett. I feel sure that you got that little lady taken care of in food time. Love from Mike…

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  3. Posted by Libby Dechert on August 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Mike, it has been a while. Wish your news was better but I know you will put this bugger in its place. I did! I am 2 1/2 yrs cancer free today and enjoying every day that dawns. The chemo sucks, but being bald is just plain awful. No words to describe it for me. I wore a ball cap or scarf for 13 months. Just could not stand that scratchy wig! We are members of a club we never wanted to join but have a lifetime membership in now, and I intend to get a 50 year pin, how about you? My prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Posted by Patricia Wall on August 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Mike, Just know that you are in my prayers. God is the only one who knows the number of our days. Live life to the fullest. You are an awesome man with a zest for life. Take care of yourself.

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