My plans for the 2015 mining season took a detour a month ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I've started the first course of treatment and will meet with the doctor again in early July. That leaves me some time to get to the claim for a little while. If the doctor determines that my prostate isn't ready for the next treatment, I'll get an additional month on the claim. Needless to say, I have to make the most of my time on the claim and I plan on putting my Bazooka Prospector into overdrive. My plan is to accumulate buckets of sluice concentrates to bring home. Then, when I'm going through external beam radiation treatment (5 days a week for 5 weeks), I'll have buckets of cons to work. I'll try to post updates when I can and maybe show a good lick of gold later in the fall.
A note about prostate cancer: I had no symptoms. The only way I knew was through yearly blood tests. Last year my PSA numbers were 4.3. I went to a Urologist and he had me schedule another blood test about 10 months later. The PSA numbers went to 9.1. We scheduled a biopsy and the results were prostate cancer. I had a full body scan and a pelvic scan and the cancer is confined to the prostate. The first treatment is a hormone shot and a 10 day series of pills to shut down the production of testosterone. Once the prostate shrinks to a sufficient size, the next treatment is to implant radioactive seeds directly into the prostate. A month after that treatment, we start external beam radiation treatment.
All you males 50+ years of age should get a blood test on a yearly basis.
Don't fear the unknown - meet it head on.