>> Sunday, July 13, 2008
The picture on the left side is my father, Bart. He is one of the million of men affected by prostate cancer. At first, he didn't notice he had the disease. Everything was normal. Until one day, he felt pain and burning on urination. Days past, severe rump pain attacked, he's been chilling and shivering. Everybody got panic and somebody called for assistance. My mother immediately brought him to the nearest hospital, Nassau Community Hospital in Longbeach, New York. In the hospital, he was cared and medicated. Thanks to the dedicated nurses and doctors who took care of my father. He went through series of test: PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test and DRE (digital rectal exam), biopsy and a lot more tests. Finally, the doctor concluded that my father is positive for prostate cancer. Although the cancer is still encapsulated or localized, meaning the cancer cell has not spread beyond the prostate gland, he still need to undergo therapies to treat and eventually kill the cancer cells.
Now, my father is still undergoing his radiation therapy - the External Beam radiation therapy, in which a machine aims high-energy rays at the cancer, at the Nassau Community Hospital. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage the cancer cells and stop their growth or kill them. This works because the rapidly dividing (reproducing) cancer cells are more vulnerable to destruction by the radiation than are the neighboring normal cells. The treatment for my father is about 44 days, so his radiation therapy will be completed on 22nd July this month.
Knowing the diagnosis of my father really shocked and wrecked us, the whole family. But we put all our trusts to God knowing that He has a purpose in everything that happen in our individual life. We know my father can recover from the devastating disease, cancer, by trusting the Lord for his recovery. We believe that prayer can move mountains and everything is possible in God's name.