Seeds of Hope
Chapter 6, page 63
I confided that I was still struggling with a plan of
action. One doc told me, "I've recently heard of a new
technique to kill the cancer by freezing the prostate gland.
You might want to look into that." One physician, a
retired surgeon, had performed surgery with Nick many
times. I asked his opinion of Nick's skills.
"Nick really knows his way around in the pelvis. He's
a fine technician - has good hands." The phrases "fine
technician" and "good hands" are about as good as it gets.
That's ultimate praise from another surgeon. I was
encouraged. I renewed my decision to stay with Nick.
A third Doc, also a surgeon, advised me: "Set aside
some blood of your own before the surgery - at least two
units. That surgery gets pretty bloody! You'll need the
blood." My mouth felt dry as I thanked him for that
I began to see the wisdom in Pattie's counsel. These
men really did want to contribute to the waves of support
I knew I would need to come through this. I just had to
give them the chance.
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I knew it was time to get serious about researching the
literature. I needed to learn everything about prostate
cancer fast. I called the medical library and told the
librarian my story. She was so confident and professional,
that speaking to her was a delight. She reassured me: "I
have heard this story from several doctors lately. I've
become an expert on doing literature searches on prostate
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