Moved there a few short years ago.
A street on the outskirts of the city.
No attractions, no luring amenities.
Who would really want to live there?
No signs to locate it. Don’t be fooled.
It’s known as Prostate Cancer Avenue.
Want to look at some of the houses?
Number 2009 is where Diagnosis lives.
Address 2010 is a double occupancy.
Watchful Waiting resides on one side.
Three biopsies briefly rent the other.
No one really quite trusts anyone else.
Radical Prostatectomy bought 2011.
Radiation snapped up 2012 and 2013.
I know their houses like the back of
my hand, spent time in each of them.
Walk with me to the end of the street.
Lot number 2014 is ready for digging.
Doctors can’t decide what to do with it.
What next Therapy should they sell it to?
Beyond lies an open field that one day
I foolishly dream will make a quiet park.
In the distance you hear tires humming.
The healthy heading undetectably home.
THE NEXT MONTHLY MEETING WILL BE ON THURS., APRIL 24!!! SO, PLEASE, DO NOT SHOW UP FOR OUR MONTHLY MEETING ON APRIL 17!!! NO SERIOUSLY, DON’T DO IT! WE WON’T BE THERE. WELL, SOMEONE WILL BE, BUT IT WON’T BE US.
THE CHURCH NEEDS THE ROOM AND SO OUR MEETING WILL BE A WEEK LATER, ON THURS., APRIL 24.
(THIS HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN ANNOYING CAPS BECAUSE OUR EDITOR FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK. ANYWAY, DID WE GET YOUR ATTENTION?)
Member Meeting 24 April Video Available
This month's meeting is rescheduled to 24 April to accommodate Holy Thursday activities at St Thomas Church.
On the 24th, Lisa Sullivan, Executive Director of Hospice Care Ottawa will describe their services, and some of the decisions to be made concerning hospice care. Hospice Ottawa is a community-based organization charitable organization that provides end-of-life care “in a supportive and peaceful setting, surrounded by caring that reflects as closely as possible a comfortable home environment.”
This explains why our March issue has something for everyone who has prostate cancer, had prostate cancer or ever thought of prostate cancer.
Plus, just letting you know that the book, “Understanding Women” is now out in paperback. See photo page 6.
When you’re down and out, exhausted
by the cancer treatment circuit, sometimes
you need someone on the other side
who is merciless. A health care professional
who goes at you with no-holds-barred, who
lights into you with such razor-sharp jabs
they leave you laughing. Boot to the backside
to jolt you from whimpering over your woes.
Gets you chuckling in spite of yourself.
Rare bird, short on the soft coos, all for
the squawks that get you squawking back.
So to Lisa for her irrepressible scoldings
for days begun with the bite of her banter
(when are you going to figure out whether
your bladder’s ready for your appointment?)
these preposterous words of true gratitude.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we lovingly bring you this issue featuring Rocco Rossi’s five-hole.
Nothing says “I love you” more than a cancerous (or excised) prostate with a copy of The Walnut tucked in among the roses.
February 20th Member Meeting
Christine MacLean is a tax accountant who specialises in helping people, such as prostate cancer survivors, who have special needs, such as incontinence issues. She allowed us to videotape her talk on filing for disability and medical expenses.