It's my birthday today and I'm on the pill???

I apologize for not updating my health status for the last 4 months, but as is common in these situations, no news is good news, right?  Well gee, where do I start?  I have completed my six chemotherapy sessions, which all returned positive results as my PSA number continues to fall.  Back in late May it was up to 667 and after each chemo session it went down to 250, then a big jump to 69, then down to 25, followed by 11.55, then the last one about a month ago was 11.07.  Thankfully, I experienced almost NO side effects from the chemo or hormone therapy (Lupron) which restricts my body's ability to produce testosterone therefore allowing the estrogen to kind of take over.  I only had a few hot flashes and was emotional for about a month or so, but watched ZERO Lifetime movies and purchased no items from QVC, so that's a good thing.  In a word, I am blessed.  What can I say?

On October 28th I had my scans, one for the bones and one for my midsection.  The results of the bone scan came back "unchanged" which the doctor said was a good thing.  I had exactly the same amount of hotspots (where the cancer peeks out) as in May, which means there are no new hotspots.  This means we have that part under control.  The midsection scan showed that the tumor in my prostate is slowly shrinking - Hallelujah

The next part of my treatment is a brand new chemo pill that was JUST approved by the FDA four months ago, called Lynparza (Olaparib) and the doctor says there's something in my genetic strands called BRCA which makes me a prime candidate for this pill.  He told me, "Mr. Duran, if you were going to have cancer, you picked the best time to do that due to this pill.  I just started taking it last Tuesday and had a slight adverse reaction to it, being an annoying itch around my chest area and back of my neck, accompanied with my ears getting hot.  Thankfully, those symptoms have subsided and I feel OK now.  I have gained all of my weight back, up to 175 from 143 back in May when I had my kidney episode that required two surgeries on back to back days, and I was in deep trouble, in fear of checking OUT.  Thanks to all your prayers and donations via the Go Fund Me that my niece started, personal donations, plus sales of t-shirts and a benefit that Isabel's Amor organized, I have had little stress about being unemployed and ill, and have begun to slowly recover and gain some strength back albeit far from where I was on my last birthday, but WAY better than I was in the early part of 2020. 

You throw on top of all this, the presence of Covid-19 and that's a whole other story and struggle for someone like me whose immune system is compromised due to the low red blood cell counts (hemoglobin) brought on by the chemo.  I am now back home in Maricopa after spending 5 months at my sister Mary's house in Chandler while she basically took care of me during my most serious days of this condition that the cancer diagnosis placed on me.  Talk about the best caregiver you could ask for though, right???   I will try to rest and chill while my body hopefully continues to heal with this new medication and the hormone therapy.  I have to be careful not to bang my arms or legs on anything because we don't know how strong or weak my bones are.

Between the cancer and Covid, I simply have no projection for when I will return to performing again, so only God knows.  I cherish all of the thoughts, prayers, well wishes, and generosity I've received in the past 6 months, and I place all of my faith in God and the universe which provide all of the strength and positive attitude that I've leaned on during this crazy experience.  God bless you all...

20 comments

  • Connie Irvine
    Connie Irvine Queen Creek
    Am so happy to hear you’re progressing this well. Happy birthday, my fellow Scorpio!

    Am so happy to hear you’re progressing this well. Happy birthday, my fellow Scorpio!

  • Liz Frausto
    Liz Frausto Phx, Az
    Right on Freddie! Miss all the good times and the backyard jam sessions!! You got this because Gods got your back!!!...Waiting patiently your health comes FIRST! Luv you dearly and continued prayers! ❤✌😁

    Right on Freddie! Miss all the good times and the backyard jam sessions!! You got this because Gods got your back!!!...Waiting patiently your health comes FIRST! Luv you dearly and continued prayers! ❤✌😁

  • Manuel zamorap
    Manuel zamorap peoria AZ 85345
    my brother my prayers are with you. GOD WILL CONTINUE HAVING HIS HAND UPON U.JUST REMEMBER WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL CONTINUE INTERCINE FOR YOU IN PRAYER.Because we serve a mighty fortress God.God blessed u and have a blessed day.

    my brother my prayers are with you. GOD WILL CONTINUE HAVING HIS HAND UPON U.JUST REMEMBER WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL CONTINUE INTERCINE FOR YOU IN PRAYER.Because we serve a mighty fortress God.God blessed u and have a blessed day.

  • Cathy Carlson
    Cathy Carlson Carlsbad, CA
    Happy birthday to you! Such positive news, Freddie! Continued prayers for more of the same. You’re an inspiration!! God bless you!

    Happy birthday to you! Such positive news, Freddie! Continued prayers for more of the same. You’re an inspiration!! God bless you!

  • Joe D’Arezzo
    Joe D’Arezzo Richland WA
    Happy Birthday. Great news.

    Happy Birthday. Great news.

  • Rochelle
    Rochelle Gilbert
    So glad to hear about your progress. Happy birthday to you!! 😘

    So glad to hear about your progress. Happy birthday to you!! 😘

  • Judy Teetes
    Judy Teetes Glendale
    Freddie So glad you are doing well I am so thankful that you have done your performances online so that we could continue to hearing your great music hope you’re able to get back live performances sometime in the future looking forward to seeing you

    Freddie So glad you are doing well I am so thankful that you have done your performances online so that we could continue to hearing your great music hope you’re able to get back live performances sometime in the future looking forward to seeing you

  • Michael Peralta
    Michael Peralta Mesa
    So happy to hear you’ve made such great progress Freddie. What a birthday gift! I hope you had the happiest of birthdays today and I wish you many more! Much love to you my friend.

    So happy to hear you’ve made such great progress Freddie. What a birthday gift! I hope you had the happiest of birthdays today and I wish you many more! Much love to you my friend.

  • Susan
    Susan Peoria Az
    Love you, Freddie. Ty for keeping us in the loop in regards to your progress. You really are such a bright light to so many. Keep being inspirational! Don’t ever forget how much you are cared for. Xoxo

    Love you, Freddie. Ty for keeping us in the loop in regards to your progress. You really are such a bright light to so many. Keep being inspirational! Don’t ever forget how much you are cared for. Xoxo

  • Gerrie
    Gerrie Montreal
    Happy Birthday, Freddie! Praying for you always. Very thankful you're able to be home. You are loved xoxoxo ❤️

    Happy Birthday, Freddie! Praying for you always. Very thankful you're able to be home. You are loved xoxoxo ❤️

  • Tracy Challis
    Tracy Challis Phx
    Happy Birthday, Freddie! I am so happy to hear about your progress. You have many people who love and care for you. I hope you feel all the positive energy lifting you up. Your outlook has been so positive and it is a big part of your healing. I wish you a new year filled with friends, music, laughter, and love.

    Happy Birthday, Freddie! I am so happy to hear about your progress. You have many people who love and care for you. I hope you feel all the positive energy lifting you up. Your outlook has been so positive and it is a big part of your healing. I wish you a new year filled with friends, music, laughter, and love.

  • Louise  Cruz
    Louise Cruz Private
    Continued prayers for successful treatments & test results! God (The Creator) will provide. The universe (the creation)...not so much, lol! 🤣 Be blessed❣

    Continued prayers for successful treatments & test results! God (The Creator) will provide. The universe (the creation)...not so much, lol! 🤣 Be blessed❣

  • LuAnn
    LuAnn AZ
    I still hear your song! Blessings to you Freddie. Glad you are doing so much better!

    I still hear your song! Blessings to you Freddie. Glad you are doing so much better!

  • jeannie
    jeannie az
    Been praying for you

    Been praying for you

  • Rosie
    Rosie Avondale
    You are an inspiration! This is great news Freddie! Keeping you in Healing prayers and so glad to hear you are staying positive and blessed. Bendiciones!🙏🏼 Love you Amigo! Looking forward to you performing again, missing our Shenanigans! 🥰🎶💃🏻

    You are an inspiration! This is great news Freddie! Keeping you in Healing prayers and so glad to hear you are staying positive and blessed. Bendiciones!🙏🏼 Love you Amigo! Looking forward to you performing again, missing our Shenanigans! 🥰🎶💃🏻

  • Pat Miller
    Pat Miller Tempe
    Good news, Freddie. So glad to hear this. Continuing prayers for you.

    Good news, Freddie. So glad to hear this. Continuing prayers for you.

  • Katrina
    Katrina Gilbert
    So happy to hear this good news. Hope you had a great birthday too! We will continue praying for you and hoping we can soon hear you sing again! xoxo

    So happy to hear this good news. Hope you had a great birthday too! We will continue praying for you and hoping we can soon hear you sing again! xoxo

  • Lloyd D. Bigas
    Lloyd D. Bigas Las Cruces, NM
    Thank the Lord for such good news Freddie, thoughts and prayers for you always old friend... one day at a time, you got this...

    Thank the Lord for such good news Freddie, thoughts and prayers for you always old friend... one day at a time, you got this...

  • Eddie Estrada
    Eddie Estrada El Paso, Tx.
    Glad you’re doing well , we will keep you in our prayers God Bless stay safe.

    Glad you’re doing well , we will keep you in our prayers God Bless stay safe.

  • Cynthia Rose
    Cynthia Rose USA
    wow

    wow

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