Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

Life is a game of chess

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end gameAs you know, I am a senior citizen. I am 65 years old and have have enjoyed a healthy life.

However, I have been having trouble with ‘The old mans disease’ – the prostate. As you do, I went to the doctor and unleashed a series of events that have left me very nervous.

First came the digital probe that found the prostate to be very enlarged. Then came the blood tests and the ultrasound that found a suspicious lesion on my right kidney. This was followed by a CT scan that has determined that the lesion is most likely cancerous and the kidney looks like it will have to be removed. The scan showed everything else to be normal.

This chain of events began a week before Easter and the nervousness comes from the delays we experience in remote areas where there are no resident doctors.

After the initial examination by the locum who visits Whitfield for half a day each week, it took more than a week to get the ultrasound. Then it was another week to get the results from the doctor on his next weekly call. Then another week to get the CT scan results and finally I have to wait another two weeks before I can see a specialist in Melbourne to progress the matter further.

It is enough to drive you insane. Without adequate information, one has to evaluate all the options between it not being too serious to being dead.

You know, life is a game of chess. You are born a pawn and work your way through the pieces making life’s decisions. The battles and tactics take their toll and you see the pieces fall around you. Have I entered the end game? I don’t think so but one has to be prepared.

Having survived friends and family who have died of cancer, I am very much the logical thinking fatalist – realist – and am prepared to face the consequences.

I will be heading to my specialist appointment tomorrow and expect to learn more then so don’t expect to see too many posts over the next couple of months.


Written by Greg Naylor

14 April 2008 at 12:40 pm

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  1. Greg,

    Just mention you’re not ready. I did, to the emergency crew that helped me through my initial engine room treatment. It helps to look at the bright side of life, and then keep on being positive.

    Best wishes.


    14 April 2008 at 5:38 pm

  2. Sorry to hear about your troubles Greg. I hope it’s all works out for you. Best of luck.
    Regards, Ray Dixon

    (PS: If a prick like Sam Newman can survive it, so can you)


    15 April 2008 at 10:48 am

  3. […] Newman did, Greg speaks openly and honestly about his feelings and his nervousness under his post “Life is a game of chess”. “You are born a pawn and work your way through the pieces making life’s decisions. The […]

  4. Best wishes and good luck Greg

    Iain Hall

    15 April 2008 at 2:16 pm

  5. We’ll be waiting for your next post Greg.. Keep it up 🙂


    15 April 2008 at 10:03 pm

  6. Best of luck Greg, keep your spirits up.


    Dave from Albury

    15 April 2008 at 11:48 pm

  7. Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

    I have just returned from the specialist in Melbourne with the worst of news. Whilst that kidney looks cancerous, it has paled into insignificance alongside a major prostate cancer with secondary attack to my spine.

    Next Monday, I will have a bone scan to determine the extent of the spine damage followed by a reaming out of the prostate to free up the urinary tract.

    My game of chess has entered the ‘end game’. How many moves I have left will probably be revealed with the bone scan. If you don’t mind, I would like to blog my thoughts and progress for as long as I can. I think i need to talk about it.

    Greg Naylor

    15 April 2008 at 11:56 pm

  8. Greg,

    I happened across your blog via the WordPress dashboard. As a complete stranger, of course there is nothing particularly meaningful I can say to you … and yet, as a complete stranger, even in this short post, you caught my attention. I noticed you and the quality of your thoughts.

    I wish you had been given better news.


    16 April 2008 at 12:40 am

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