Who has 2 thumbs, 0 prostate and no signs of cancer?


Last week, I learned from my doctor that my PSA count, five weeks after prostatectomy, was a big fat zero, which is exactly what we wanted to hear. Well, I wanted to hear it. Maybe my doctor harbours a deep-seated resentment towards me. Because of my cool hats. But I don’t think so because he gave me some party favours on my way out: Viagra — as he put it, “to keep the machine working.” Gross.

I’ll continue with blood tests every three months or so, tapering off over time. Even thought my prostate is gone, it’s important to make sure that none of those Krazy Cells got away. It can happen. But, as my friendly doctor put it, “You live with the results you get,” and right now my results tell me I’m cancer-free.

Obviously, I’m thrilled. In fact, I surprised myself at how relieved I was. I had been telling myself I was resigned to accept bad news if it came, only to feel a wave of emotion wash over me when the doctor shared the results. The mind does not always tell the truth. For instance, its opinion about that hat.

I’m sharing this news because so many of you out there in blogland have been so kind and supportive. Thank you all. I also wanted to point out that, as has been noted often, prostate cancer is treatable, especially when caught early. Nonetheless, I count myself lucky in so many ways.

I would also like to point out that this post is now particularly ironic.

Take care, everyone.


About rossmurray1

I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."
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62 Responses to Who has 2 thumbs, 0 prostate and no signs of cancer?

  1. Great news!! Woo hoo!!!

  2. Ana Daksina says:

    Okay, okay about the cancer… Now that we’ve got the little stuff out of the way, my Aunt Myrna just happens to be a hat fashion adviser…

    Just kidding. Congratulations, my friend!

  3. pinklightsabre says:

    I have the same hat.

  4. Marc Bolduc says:

    Woo hoo! Great news Ross. And enjoy that new prescription of yours. πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations, yaaaaaayy!!

  6. Wonderful news…it’s a bright, sunshiny day, no matter the weather!!!

  7. That is wonderful news, cheers. And what a relief for all of us out here, who would’ve felt constrained and unable to comment on that hat-like growth on your head. Please don’t get it checked, just check it somewhere and don’t go back, or release it back to the woods. (Seriously, congratulations)

    • rossmurray1 says:

      There’s a thread going around the Canadian countryside poohpoohing the wearing of snow pants to work. I think you can guess what side of the debate I fall on. (And thanks, Robert.)

  8. Dan says:

    Great news, Ross! Keep on Bloggin’………

  9. franhunne4u says:

    Have read the Eliot-blog, though I am neither male, nor in a relationship or even black. He has some fucking good explanation for the viagra. It’s all about Use it or lose it. I don’t know if you still have both strings of nerves intact, but you seriously have to follow your doctor’s advice on that! And read that blog. It’s worth it.

  10. M. Oniker says:

    Yay, you’re … wait, wut? What the hell is on your head? Oh, never mind, what I really want to say is that I’m so glad you are zero level… Seriously dude, what is that thing you’re wearing over your hair? … Celebrate the cancer free! Happy dance… You’re just wearing that to embarrass your wife, right? Is it a Canadian thing? I’m so happy for you (but not the hat).

  11. I am so happy to hear this. Congratulations πŸ™‚

  12. Carol Ann says:

    Fabulous news, great attitude and terrific writing!

  13. ksbeth says:

    such good news, ross on so many fronts. and at least you’re not all thumbs!

  14. brithomas17 says:

    That’s great! Congrats! Definitely past the worst of it. Good to hear!

  15. So glad to hear it Ross! And I love the photo with the hat and thumbs up, but I’m kind of wondering where it might show up in the future. Keep us posted.

  16. berinaberrry says:

    I smiled. I wish you continued good health. God be with you.

  17. Don’t you love happy endings. *sniff* *sniff* I sure do. That’s the most prescient post I’ve ever read. Perhaps you need to write one about an astronomical windfall and just sit back and wait.

  18. Nadine says:

    Oh I am so happy for you and your family!!! πŸ’›πŸ™ŒπŸŽ‰ Congratulations on being cancer free. Whether the doctor likes it or not, I say “You can leave your hat on.” And OMG THAT OTHER POST WAS HILARIOUS.

  19. YAY!! That is great news. My uncle just went through the same surgery a little over a month ago and is slightly annoyed that his recovery is slower than he anticipated.

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  21. sundaymorningwithsandy.com says:

    As I a new to your blog, I did not know these things, but very happy for you and congrats!

  22. cat9984 says:

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you

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