What a week!!

Whew....  It's been quite the whirlwind.  On Wednesday May 27th I was admitted to Banner Gateway hospital in Mesa for what was supposed to be an outpatient surgery where three procedures were to be performed.  During the surgery, it was determined that there was no access to the left kidney because a growth was blocking the ureter opening into that kidney.  At that point it was decided that I would need a separate surgery on the next day to inspect my left kidney to see if a stent was needed in that ureter.  In order to do THAT, the surgeon had to make the incision in my lower left back, through my upper kidney and if necessary place a tube there to drain it via another bag outside of my body.  Worst case scenario, I leave the hospital with two bags, one from a catheter and another from my kidney.

Thanks to God, both surgeries and all three procedures were successful.  My left kidney was in good condition and he only needed to open up the ureter a bit, my back incision was bandaged up and that was that.  So they kept me there for a third day to recover under supervision.  On Friday, my catheter was removed (thank you Jesus), and they finally released me, but only under the condition that I had to pee on my own by 3:20 PM.  Who'da thunk that would EVER be a lofty goal for yours truly.  Well THAT pissed me off a little :)  but I managed to pull it off by noon.  At this point, I would like to commend and thank the entire staff and medical team at Banner Gateway Hospital for their attention, kindness and professional manner in which they attended to my situation and care. BRAVO!!

I am now back at my sister's house in Chandler and recovering from this hurdle that was placed in front of me unexpectedly.  I feel better everyday, and emptying my bladder on a steady basis, which should slowly return my kidneys to normal function.  My appetite is back and my immediate goal is to try to pack some pounds back on, since I am a svelte 145 lbs.  I thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and uplifting comments.  I am resting for the next 7 days and looking forward to my appointment with the oncologist on June 8th, where I will be presented with my treatment options for what has been upgraded to "advanced Stage 4 prostate cancer", being that it has now metastasized now to my lower bladder and lymphnodes, besides my pelvic bone.  I finally get an upgrade and it's not the type one would hope for, but it is what it is and I have chosen to walk in harmony with my invader.  Again, shunning the word "Fight" for it's aggressive reference and stress inducing attributes .

On June 15th I will be releasing my next single and video, "Questions For God" which couldn't come out at a more appropriate moment in time.  I can't wait for you all to see and hear it.  The video is produced by none other than my right hand numero uno person and guitarist Carole Pellatt.  This will follow with the long overdue release of my song and video, "New Mexico Midnights" only three weeks later.  Putting out these projects is what has given me the motivation to remain strong and focused during this challenging time in my life.  Funny how a serious diagnosis can push the important things in life to the forefront.  I am well prepared and disciplined for, "What's next?"  God bless...

29 comments

  • Alfonso Dj Tejano Style
    Alfonso Dj Tejano Style Surprise,Az
    Brotha We have you in our prayers... You’re a TUFF person and I know you got this & can’t wait to have you back on stage.... If you ever need anything I’m a phone call away or on Facebook... I’m a man of my word not just saying it... I will be there for you if needed.... Yours Truly Dj Tejano Style

    Brotha
    We have you in our prayers... You’re a TUFF person and I know you got this & can’t wait to have you back on stage.... If you ever need anything I’m a phone call away or on Facebook... I’m a man of my word not just saying it... I will be there for you if needed....
    Yours Truly Dj Tejano Style

  • Monica Rubio
    Monica Rubio Phoenix
    Hello my friend thank you for the updates and your positive energy. I continue to pray for you to have strength, increasing your faith and your relationship with the Lord. I completely understand this cancer process and it’s stages. My the Lord continue to hold you and bring peace and continued love. Your an amazing man!! God bless you and much love. Go Cowboys!!

    Hello my friend thank you for the updates and your positive energy. I continue to pray for you to have strength, increasing your faith and your relationship with the Lord. I completely understand this cancer process and it’s stages. My the Lord continue to hold you and bring peace and continued love. Your an amazing man!! God bless you and much love. Go Cowboys!!

  • tim conway
    tim conway phoenix az
    Stay strong are prayers are with you brother!!!

    Stay strong are prayers are with you brother!!!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Mission Viejo, CA
    Glad the surgeries went well my beautiful friend. I am continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am so looking forward to hearing your new work. Much love. 🦋

    Glad the surgeries went well my beautiful friend. I am continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am so looking forward to hearing your new work.

    Much love. 🦋

  • Gloria Gonzales
    Gloria Gonzales Fort Worth, TX
    Good news about the surgeries! I continue to keep you in my prayers!! God Bless!!

    Good news about the surgeries! I continue to keep you in my prayers!! God Bless!!

  • Maria Garcia Olayo
    Maria Garcia Olayo Alamogordo
    Freddie my family and I are continuing to keep you in our prayers. My mom is offering either a candle, mass or communion for you. You are missed by many here in Alamogordo and we are Praying for you every day. With much love!

    Freddie my family and I are continuing to keep you in our prayers. My mom is offering either a candle, mass or communion for you. You are missed by many here in Alamogordo and we are Praying for you every day. With much love!

  • Mary Ann Davidson
    Mary Ann Davidson Fort Worth, Texas
    Thank you keeping us updated, everyone is praying for you Freddie, your faith is strong and having family and friends to take care of you is wonderful. God is good. Love ya my friend

    Thank you keeping us updated, everyone is praying for you Freddie, your faith is strong and having family and friends to take care of you is wonderful. God is good. Love ya my friend

  • Tracy Challis
    Tracy Challis Phoenix
    I am glad you have your music. It has such powers to heal - both the musician and the listener. I look forward to your video. I heard your song on the NPR Tiny Desk entry and think it will make a wonderful visual. You are loved and appreciated by many. Be well.

    I am glad you have your music. It has such powers to heal - both the musician and the listener. I look forward to your video. I heard your song on the NPR Tiny Desk entry and think it will make a wonderful visual. You are loved and appreciated by many. Be well.

  • Terrie Muchmore
    Terrie Muchmore
    So glad you are out and doing better. Who would have ever thought that peeing would be such a goal😋. Stay strong we are all praying with you.

    So glad you are out and doing better. Who would have ever thought that peeing would be such a goal😋. Stay strong we are all praying with you.

  • Sandra Melton
    Sandra Melton
    Thank you Freddie - what an inspiration you are — ♥️♥️‼️‼️

    Thank you Freddie - what an inspiration you are — ♥️♥️‼️‼️

  • Rosie Rivera
    Rosie Rivera Avondale, Arizona
    Freddie I have you in my daily prayers! I’m so glad your surgeries went smoothly, I will continue to pray for you for healing, strength and recovery from the cancer! We have a good God, stay in Faith. Love you Amigo, que Dios te bendiga! 🙏🏼💙✨ Rosie

    Freddie I have you in my daily prayers! I’m so glad your surgeries went smoothly, I will continue to pray for you for healing, strength and recovery from the cancer! We have a good God, stay in Faith. Love you Amigo, que Dios te bendiga! 🙏🏼💙✨ Rosie

  • Joe Garcia
    Joe Garcia Phoenix, Az.
    Freddie, mi querido hermano, I’m so moved by your strength, courage, and spirituality. Prostate cancer is an invader, I know, I’ve been there. You can and will beat this temporary set back, I know it to be true in God’s name. My respect for you is infinite, and our friendship is as solid as the first evening I met you in 1996. Your talents are endless and so inspirational, there’s no one like you that I’ve ever met. So in closing my brother I will say that I love you, respect you, and I’m thinking about you everyday. May God give you strength and lift you up, watching over your treatments guiding you to good health. Con mucho cariño siempre mi querido hermano. Joe Garcia.

    Freddie, mi querido hermano, I’m so moved by your strength, courage, and spirituality. Prostate cancer is an invader, I know, I’ve been there. You can and will beat this temporary set back, I know it to be true in God’s name. My respect for you is infinite, and our friendship is as solid as the first evening I met you in 1996. Your talents are endless and so inspirational, there’s no one like you that I’ve ever met. So in closing my brother I will say that I love you, respect you, and I’m thinking about you everyday. May God give you strength and lift you up, watching over your treatments guiding you to good health. Con mucho cariño siempre mi querido hermano. Joe Garcia.

  • David Francesconi
    David Francesconi
    Hernano, so glad you are @ your sisters I will give you a ring when I feel your up for a call?? Glad things went better on the 2nd round and got you off the bag. Cont prayers my friend.

    Hernano, so glad you are @ your sisters I will give you a ring when I feel your up for a call?? Glad things went better on the 2nd round and got you off the bag. Cont prayers my friend.

  • Julie Koeth
    Julie Koeth Temecula, CA
    So glad to hear each day you are feeling better,,, ❤️love your strength and courage. We will continue to pray for you during this journey. God Will get you through it!!! We can not wait to see your new videos and hear your new song🎼 Your music has always brought us happiness and joy and brought us together as family.... it too will bet you through this😊 Much Love💕 Joe & Julie and our entire family❤️

    So glad to hear each day you are feeling better,,, ❤️love your strength and courage.
    We will continue to pray for you during this journey. God Will get you through it!!!
    We can not wait to see your new videos and hear your new song🎼 Your music has always brought us happiness and joy and brought us together as family.... it too will bet you through this😊
    Much Love💕 Joe & Julie and our entire family❤️

  • Dina Acevedo
    Dina Acevedo San Antonio
    Grateful that your surgeries went well! You continue to be in our prayers 🙏🏼. Stay strong and hold on to the faith.

    Grateful that your surgeries went well! You continue to be in our prayers 🙏🏼. Stay strong and hold on to the faith.

  • Don & Velma
    Don & Velma Albuquerque, NM
    Qué Dios Té Bendiga! Will continue to pray for you.

    Qué Dios Té Bendiga! Will continue to pray for you.

  • Gracie Martinez
    Gracie Martinez Chandler
    I cant help but to admire your "walking in harmony with your invader" Thank you for posting about your journey. I will continue to visualize you strong and healthy. Have fun packing on your pounds !

    I cant help but to admire your "walking in harmony with your invader"
    Thank you for posting about your journey. I will continue to visualize you strong and healthy.
    Have fun packing on your pounds !

  • Lloyd D. Bigas
    Lloyd D. Bigas Las Cruces, NM
    Thoughts and prayers my brother, as long as you have the Lord Freddie ALL is well... love you and stay on top of it Freddie... ICCS back in the day...

    Thoughts and prayers my brother, as long as you have the Lord Freddie ALL is well... love you and stay on top of it Freddie... ICCS back in the day...

  • Phoenix
    Phoenix Az
    God bless you Freddie the good Lord got you . I am praying for . keep the faith. One day at a time.love you amigo

    God bless you Freddie the good Lord got you . I am praying for . keep the faith. One day at a time.love you amigo

  • Eric Bongiorno
    Eric Bongiorno Gilbert, AZ
    Hey buddy, I don't know if you know this but I donated a kidney to my sister Valerie in 2009. We were a perfect match which is unusual even for exact twins. We're both doing fine. Anyway, reading your journal about waiting to get out of the hospital until you could pee reminded me of after the donation surgery. I had to wait to do number 2 in order to get out myself. I actually had a simple hand surgery scheduled on the Monday after the surgery in Phoenix. The kidney surgery was on Thursday in Tulsa, OK. Well it worked out. My sister and I had adjoining rooms and she was the first to know how happy I was when I was finally productive LOL! It made both of us laugh, although we were in lots of pain. Thank God for Morphine and healthy organs! Keep the faith brother, we're all here with you! Love you Man! From the Bongiorno's

    Hey buddy, I don't know if you know this but I donated a kidney to my sister Valerie in 2009. We were a perfect match which is unusual even for exact twins. We're both doing fine. Anyway, reading your journal about waiting to get out of the hospital until you could pee reminded me of after the donation surgery. I had to wait to do number 2 in order to get out myself. I actually had a simple hand surgery scheduled on the Monday after the surgery in Phoenix. The kidney surgery was on Thursday in Tulsa, OK. Well it worked out. My sister and I had adjoining rooms and she was the first to know how happy I was when I was finally productive LOL! It made both of us laugh, although we were in lots of pain. Thank God for Morphine and healthy organs! Keep the faith brother, we're all here with you! Love you Man! From the Bongiorno's

  • Gerrie and George Toufexis
    Gerrie and George Toufexis Montreal
    Freddie, you are in our prayers daily. We've always considered you the ultimate entertainer, performer, singer and musician. You have spent your life nurturing relationships, caring for and investing in your family and friends. Now is the time that you reap the benefits of a life lived this way, surrounded by much love, support, help and prayers. We love you.

    Freddie, you are in our prayers daily. We've always considered you the ultimate entertainer, performer, singer and musician. You have spent your life nurturing relationships, caring for and investing in your family and friends. Now is the time that you reap the benefits of a life lived this way, surrounded by much love, support, help and prayers. We love you.

  • Lina & Pinkey Monroy
    Lina & Pinkey Monroy Alamogordo
    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

  • Lina & Pinkey Monroy
    Lina & Pinkey Monroy Alamogordo
    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

  • Lina & Pinkey Monroy
    Lina & Pinkey Monroy Alamogordo
    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

  • Lina & Pinkey Monroy
    Lina & Pinkey Monroy Alamogordo
    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

    Hi, Freddie. We are very glad to hear your surgeries went well. So looking forward to hearing your creations. We know anything you create will be uniquely beautiful and edifying. God bless you. We are praying.

  • Sylvia
    Sylvia Guadalupe Az
    Happy to hear that your surgeries went well and thank you for the update...one hurdle at a time my friend. Know that your loved beyond measure. Your music 🎶 has brought much happiness to those that know you and for that, I thank you. I look forward to hearing your new single/video. God has you covered and hears your prayers...embrace strength, courage and good faith ✝️

    Happy to hear that your surgeries went well and thank you for the update...one hurdle at a time my friend. Know that your loved beyond measure. Your music 🎶 has brought much happiness to those that know you and for that, I thank you. I look forward to hearing your new single/video.

    God has you covered and hears your prayers...embrace strength, courage and good faith ✝️

  • Kelly Chavez Rose
    Kelly Chavez Rose Durham, NC
    Thank you so much for the detailed update! I read it and I can hear the cadence of your voice and storytelling style...reminded me of the G sharp? story...I think that was the note...it’s been awhile. Anyway, stay strong, stay safe and know you are loved!!

    Thank you so much for the detailed update! I read it and I can hear the cadence of your voice and storytelling style...reminded me of the G sharp? story...I think that was the note...it’s been awhile. Anyway, stay strong, stay safe and know you are loved!!

  • Mac Macoy
    Mac Macoy mesa
    Just read your latest journal report. So far, so good. Your mental strength and approach to this situation is beyond admirable. I am continuing to send good thoughts your way and praying for you daily.

    Just read your latest journal report. So far, so good. Your mental strength and approach to this situation is beyond admirable. I am continuing to send good thoughts your way and praying for you daily.

  • Bertha Marquez
    Bertha Marquez Chandler
    Prayers to you on your walk with the invader .. Bless you on your journey

    Prayers to you on your walk with the invader ..
    Bless you on your journey

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